Yuh-Line Niou Wins Primary to Become Sheldon Silver’s Replacement in 65th Assembly District

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 at 5:03 am by

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The results are in, and it’s a monumental shift for the Lower East Side. Yuh-Line Niou, formerly chief of staff to Assembly member Ron Kim of Queens, was victorious in yesterday’s Democratic primary for the 65th Assembly District.

Since the vote was a primary, the seat is not yet hers. Given that the area is so heavily blue, though, pundits feel that Niou, a Battery Park City resident, will carry the vote through Election Day in November.

The campaign celebrated the political victory at Hotel Chantelle on Ludlow Street, de facto HQ.

For incumbent Alice Cancel, her nascent tenure in Albany was short-lived. She was chosen to succeed the disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a special election last spring, which elicited claims of being a puppet of the regime.

The race for Silver’s seat was definitely over-crowded. Six personalities had been vying for the position. Check out the results below from the New York Times (which previously endorsed Niou). There is certainly a bit of schadenfreude in seeing that Gigi Li came in dead last.

With 90 percent of the precincts counted, Ms. Niou had 32 percent of the vote. The other candidates included Gigi Li, the chairwoman of the local community board, who earned 10 percent of the vote; Jenifer Rajkumar, a district leader, with 19 percent of the vote; Don Lee, a businessman, with 12 percent; and Paul Newell, a community activist, with 15 percent. Ms. Cancel finished with 12 percent.

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