The New York City Council is set to become mostly women — as Manhattan mainstay Gale Brewer and other political vets make returns to the City Hall chambers, Tuesday’s primary election results show.
Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, with 53.74 percent of the first-choice votes, won back her old Upper West Side Council seat, which she held from 2002 to 2013.
Brewer will become one of nearly 30 women members of the City Council, which has been majority male.
Currently, just 14 of the positions in the 51-seat body are held by women. But with the preliminary results in from the several competitive council seats in, 29 women are in the lead, meaning women will in all likelihood form a majority.
“We’ve been working for four years to reach this moment, alongside groups like 21 and 21, and last night’s results show that qualified, thoughtful women are ready to take the Council in a new direction to enact bold policy and help their communities recover from COVID,” said Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who won her uncompetitive primary for re-election Tuesday evening.
“I can’t wait to work with these new leaders in 2022.”
In Astoria, Queens, former lefty Queens District Attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán will replace Councilman Costa Constantinides. The former DA hopeful won 49.32 percent of the vote, with 95 percent of scanner results in.
In the race to succeed Councilman Brad Lander — who is leading in the Comptroller race — in Park Slope and adjacent brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods, Shahana Hanif holds a sizable lead over fellow leftist Brandon West. The Lander staffer earned 32 percent of the vote — a 10-point separation from West.
Councilman Carlos Menchaca’s Sunset Park-centered district is set to be represented by Democratic Socialist of America-backed Alexa Avilés, a Latina education activist. She won 43.46 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of scanners reported.
Councilman Barry Gordenchik will be succeeded by a woman as well.
Candidates Linda Lee (31 percent of first-choice votes) and Jaslin Kaur (26 percent of them) are atop the field, with 91 percent of scanners reported.
And in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and surrounding neighborhoods, progressive establishment-backed Crystal Hudson is neck-and-neck first-choice with Michael Hollingsworth, a Democratic Socialist who is about four points behind Hudson.
Meanwhile, Brewer isn’t the only longtime Democratic pol to return to cast votes in City Hall.
Darlene Mealy, a controversial former councilwoman who represented Brownsville, earned 57 percent of the vote to Alicka-Ampry-Samuel’s 42 percent — a rare ousting of an incumbent Council member. Mealy in 2008 provided a $25,000 grant for a block association run by her sister, The Post reported at the time.
Tony Avella, a former state senator who represented College Point and Bayside, looks set to again represent the 19th district in Queens. Avella garnered 37 percent of the vote — giving him a comfortable distance from political operative Austin Shafran (20 percent) and Richard Lee (29 percent).
Charles Barron, a radical leftist, is slated to take over his wife’s current seat, which he formerly held before being term-limited and successfully running for an Assembly seat based in East New York. Barron earned roughly 47 percent of the first-choice votes.
And Councilman James Gennaro — who in a February special election won the seat he held for three terms — held onto it, receiving 59.69 percent of the vote in the Fresh Meadows and Jamaica Estates district.
But former councilman and convicted felon Ruben Wills’ attempted comeback was unsuccessful. Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, who represents Jamaica and other nearby Queens neighborhoods, handily fought off the challenge from the crooked former lawmaker, winning more than 56 percent of the first-choice votes.