Melinda Katz Tiffany Caban

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Katz’s Victory In Queens DA Primary Race Certified By BOE

July 29, 2019 - 3:46 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Queens Borough president Melinda Katz was officially certified as the winner of the Democratic primary race for Queens district attorney by the city’s Board of Elections.

On Monday, the board announced that Katz beat public defender Tiffany Cabán by 60 votes.

Katz claimed victory on Thursday after a manual recount of more than 90,000 ballots.

“This is a great day for the people of Queens, who have waited patiently for the long recount process to conclude,” Katz said in a statement. “I am grateful for to the Board, and particularly to the dozens of BOE employees who undertook the painstaking work of evaluating each of the over 90,000 votes cast in the primary. I am especially grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who supported out campaign throughout this process.”

Cabán said she isn't giving up. Her team is challenging more than 100 affidavit ballots she believes were invalid.

“We have said from day one that we will keep fighting until all the valid votes of eligible Queens Democrats are counted. Our campaign will be in Court to make sure the people of Queens are not disenfranchised,” Cabán stated.

As Katz claimed victory, she also pushed for unity after the hotly contested primary.

“While it is everyone’s right to avail themselves of the judicial process, I urge all participants in their hard-fought election to come together and join me in beginning the hard work of reforming the criminal justice system in Queens,” Katz said.

The winner will be favored to win the November general election to succeed longtime District Attorney Richard Brown, who died in May at age 86.