The Democratic race for city comptroller between four City Council members was tight as expected Tuesday, but the leading candidate almost avoided a runoff entirely. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
Even though he faces an opponent in two weeks, Queens Councilman John Liu was greeted by a winner's welcome in Chinatown, Manhattan Tuesday night, after learning he earned 38 percent of the Democratic primary votes.
"I'm deeply so honored to have all of your support, for all the hard work that you have put in over these months and years and to get us to the point that we are today," said Liu. "We made a tremendous showing."
Liu collected the most votes in a race that pitted four City Council members against each other. Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky took home 30 percent of the votes, Queens Councilwoman Melinda Katz received 20 percent and Queens Councilman David Weprin earned just 11 percent.
Katz and Weprin conceded the race, and with no candidate taking in 40 percent of the votes, Yassky and Liu are now gearing up for a runoff on September 29.
"We have an intense two-week campaign and I have no doubt that at the end of those two weeks I will be the next comptroller of the City of New York," said Yassky.
Katz and Weprin have not said which candidate they will endorse.
Liu and Yassky are now forced to go back to the drawing board and continue to hit the streets to spread their message about why they deserve to win the Democratic nomination.
"Now more than ever the comptroller is the critical position," said Liu. "A critical position as we face budget cuts, as people are losing jobs, as people are in some cases losing their homes."
Liu says he's planning to spend the next two weeks talking about the issues and says he fully expects to be the Democratic nominee come Election Day in November.