Liu, Yassky head for Comptroller Run-off

City Councilmen John Liu (D-Flushing) and David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) will face in round two of the Democratic primary for city comptroller within the upcoming weeks after a run-off election was triggered on Tuesday within the tight race, consistent with unofficial election results.

Liu led the pack of 4 candidates in Tuesday’s primary, finishing with 133,986 votes, or 38 percent, narrowly missing the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off election, consistent with NY1. Yassky received 107,474 votes, or simply over 30 percent of the votes cast, consistent with unofficial results reported by NY1.

But because neither candidate captured quite 40 percent of the vote, a run-off election probably is going to be scheduled for Sept. 29 for the Democratic nomination, the town Board of Elections said.

Reached for comment, both campaigns said they were confident. “We’ll take it in the 2 weeks,” Liu spokeswoman Sharon Lee said. “We’re ready for the run-off,” Yassky spokesman Danny Kanner said.

Liu’s fellow Queens Council members Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) and David Weprin (D-Hollis) trailed the pack of 4. Katz finished with 72,043 votes, or about 20 percent of the vote, while Weprin received 38,917 votes, or simply over 11 percent of the vote, consistent with NY1.

The four candidates led a decent race through the summer, with polls primarily showing Liu, Katz, and Yassky hovering between 20 and 30 percent of likely voters and Weprin trailing behind.

Both Liu and Yassky bring a special set of qualifications to the table, although they both have served two terms within the council.

Liu has served two terms because of the Flushing councilman and worked as a former actuary with PriceWaterhouseCooper — an experience he touts in his bid to capture the highest financial post within the city. He has also served as the council Transportation Committee chairman for the last several years.

Yassky, meanwhile, the only Brooklyn candidate within the race, has served because of the chairman of the Council Small Business Committee since shortly after taking office in 2001. He also previously served within the city budget office and worked for U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) before that.

The eventual winner of the Democratic nomination will face-off against Republican challenger Joseph Mendola in November’s election.


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