Republicans win 4 NYC council seats

Republicans won four controversial city council races in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and had a chance to take a fifth in a potential disturbance.

Pro-Trump Republican Inna Vernikov pounded her Democratic opponent Steve Saperstein for an open seat in South Brooklyn’s 48th District by nearly 30 points.

With 87 percent of the vote in, Vernikov, a 37-year-old lawyer and Ukrainian native, got 10,768 votes, or 65 percent of the vote, to 5,870 votes, or 35 percent, for Saperstein.

She succeeds former councilor Chaim Deutsch, who lost his seat earlier this year when he was convicted of tax fraud.

The district includes many Russian-speaking and Jewish immigrants in the communities of Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Homecrest.

Vernikov ran as a rude supporter of former President Donald Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. supported her in a robocall call to voters. She was also against coronavirus vaccine mandates.

“I am very excited. This election victory shows that people are tired of the progressive policies that have destroyed our city and district,” Vernikov told The Post last night.

Pro-Trump Republican Inna Vernikov beat her Democratic opponent Steve Saperstein.
Pro-Trump Republican Inna Vernikov beat her Democratic opponent Steve Saperstein.
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“I hope to open the door to other Republicans and serve the district with honor and integrity.”

Meanwhile, Joann Ariola retained the 32nd District, which included the coastal communities of eastern Queens, in Republican hands.

Ariola, the Republican leader of Queens and a civic activist from Howard Beach, got the left-leaning Democratic progressive Felica Singh with 16,040 votes, or 67 percent, to 7,443 votes or 31 percent for Singh, who was supported by the rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Political insiders said Singh’s support for defining the police and her criticism of Israel lost positions in the district.

Ariola succeeds the time-limited Republican councilor Eric Ulrich.

Republican Joann Ariola retained the 32nd district that included the coastal communities of eastern Queens.
Republican Joann Ariola retained the 32nd district that included the coastal communities of eastern Queens.
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Meanwhile, in Staten Island’s Mid-Island 50th Council District, Republican David Carr defeated Democrat Sal Albanse, a former Brooklyn councilor who moved to the borough five years ago.

With 99 percent of the vote in, Carr got 19,295 votes, or 61 percent, to 10,082 votes, or 32 percent, for Albanese. Conservative Party candidate George Wonica received 2,273 or 7 percent of the vote.

Carr, who was chief of staff to outgoing councilor Steve Matteo, will succeed his boss.

In Staten Island's Mid-Island 50th Council District, Republican David Carr defeated Democrat Sal Albanse.
In Staten Island’s Mid-Island 50th Council District, Republican David Carr defeated Democrat Sal Albanse.
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Albanese had the support of law enforcement and other unions, but the red tide on the island flooded him.

Meanwhile, a Republican candidate got upset in the 19th aldermen’s district in northeastern Queens.

Vickie Paladino led former Democratic Councilman Tony Avella with 99 percent of the vote. Paladino had support from 12,143 votes, or 50 percent, to 10,490 or 43 percent for Avella. John-Alexander Sakelos, who runs on the Conservative and Red Our City lines, received 1,729 votes or 7 percent.

Vickie Paladino led former Democratic Councilman Tony Avella with 99 percent of the vote.
Vickie Paladino led former Democratic Councilman Tony Avella with 99 percent of the vote.
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In another shocking battle, Democratic Councilman Justin Brannan, who is running for the next presidency, is fighting for political survival.

With 95 percent of the vote in, Brannan was locked in a deadlock with Republican Brian Fox in the 43rd District occupying communities including Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.

Fox, which ran a law and order campaign, had 11,589 votes against 11,568 for Brannan – a difference of only 21 votes.

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