Voting booths at a Bushwick middle school PS162. — Photo by Aaron Short
Diana Reyna hasn’t officially won the City Council seat, as Maritza Davila has not conceded yet. As of this morning, attorneys and volunteers for both camps are furiously monitoring the counting of paper ballots in downtown Brooklyn (345 Adams Street) and canvassing machines in a warehouse in Red Hook and in Queens. This is one of the few Council districts that crosses two boroughs so staff for both campaigns are splitting time between two different county Board of Elections offices.
Coming to support Reyna include members of New Kings Democrats, led by Matt Cowherd and Rachel Lauter. The following is an email Cowherd sent to NKD members:
As many of you know, at the end of election day on Tuesday, Councilwoman Diana Reyna was leading Maritza Davila by just 223 votes.
Vito Lopez has requested a recount, and Councilwoman Reyna is looking for people to help monitor the recount tomorrow morning. The campaign needs individuals to go to either 645 Clinton Street at the corner of Lorraine in Red Hook or the Brooklyn Board of Elections at 345 Adams at Fulton at 10AM.
It’s little rest for the weary, as Cowherd, fresh off running Leslie Crocker Snyder’s field operations in Manhattan (she lost to Cy Vance in a bid to be Manhattan’s District Attorney), is back in Brooklyn lending a hand to Team Diana. As of yesterday, about fifty paper ballots were declared invalid, leaving sixty left to be counted. This morning Reyna picked up a few votes in the machine recounts (I’m hearing 10 in Ridgewood and 2 in Brooklyn), so it is increasingly likely Davila will still be behind once the vote is certified in the following days.
UPDATE: Though Maritza Davila did indeed pick up some votes in the recount, Diana Reyna picked up more, securing her victory by 251 votes.