The Democratic nominee for Manhattan borough president was decided Tuesday night as Gale Brewer took 40 percent of the vote, beating out fellow council members Jessica Lappin and Robert Jackson. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Pulling away at the end of a hard fought race, City Councilwoman Gale Brewer rode a wave of momentum from her base to win the Democratic nomination for Manhattan Borough President.
"As you know the West Side does vote, but in addition elsewhere, people know that I'm and this whole coalition, not just me, my staff, the people around me, that we really do care and that we work together," Brewer said.
Brewer defeated fellow council members Jessica lappin and Robert Jackson along with former Community Board 1 chair Julie Menin. Their platforms were all remarkably similar.
"Gale is just so much better, and is such a rock solid citizen, she is just the very model of good civics," said State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried.
Brewer plans to get to work right away on the issues she feels are most important, particularly land use which is one of the borough president's most prominent responsibilities.
"We all have to figure out, I don't know who the mayor will be, I don't who the council president will be, we have to figure out how to deal with this affordable housing crisis, we don't have any. And that's what you hear on the street more than anything else," Brewer said.
Among those happiest to witness the win was Brewer's 92-year-old father, Bill Brewer, who traveled from Maryland to support his daughter.
"I'm very proud of her, particularly because I know how hard she's worked over all these years, you know 24/7, she's been in politics all her life," he said.
With no Republican expected to be on the ballot in the fall, Brewer's election is assured. She would take office on January 1.