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Labor Union Leader and Former Assemblyman Win Jamaica City Council Seats

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | November 6, 2013 9:46am
 Daneek Miller and Rory Lancman won seats in districts that include portions of Jamaica.
Daneek Miller and Rory Lancman won seats in districts that include portions of Jamaica.
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QUEENS — Transportation union big I. Daneek Miller and Rory Lancman, a former state Assemblyman, won City Council seats in districts which inlude portions of Jamaica.

The two seats had been held for the past 12 years by Leroy Comrie and James Gennaro respectively, both of whom were unable to seek re-election due to term limits.

Miller, president of the Queens chapter of the Amalgamated Transportation Union who was endorsed by Comrie, took 96.9% of the vote for the Council District 27 seat, which includes Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights and portions of Queens Village.

Sondra Peeden, an aide to City Councilman Ruben Wills who lost to Miller in the Democratic primary and ran on the Independence Party line Tuesday, received 3.1 percent of the vote.

Lancman won the council District 24 seat that includes Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, and portions of Jamaica. The former state Assemblyman picked up 73.7 percent of the vote.

His opponent, Republican Alex Blishteyn, got 19.9 percent of the vote and Mujib Rahman, a community leader who ran on the Faith and Values Party line, received 6.3 percent.

In Council District 29th, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth and Richmond Hills, voters sent Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz back to office for her second term.

Koslowitz captured 91.4 percent of the vote. Jon Torodash, a Kew Gardens software engineer who ran on the Civic Virtue Party line, got 8.6 percent of the vote.