UPTOWN — The "Year of the Woman" is beginning Uptown.
The two candidates for state senate and assembly endorsed by Congressional nominee Adriano Espaillat as part of his prediction that elected offices needed more women of color were victorious in Tuesday's primary.
Marisol Alcantara, who was handpicked by Espaillat to take over his State Senate District 31 seat, won with 32.43 percent of the vote, besting Micah Lasher who earned 30.19 percent and Jackson who earned 29.72 percent, according to the Board of Elections. Tenant advocate Luis Tejada earned 4.89 percent of the vote.
The district covers the West Side of Manhattan from Chelsea to Washington Heights, Inwood and several sections of The Bronx.
Alcantara said the win was a “step forward towards a State Senate that reflects the diversity in New York.”
“As a union organizer, a tenant advocate, and a community board member, I’ve been an activist my entire life, and I am ready to take my experience and values to Albany,” Alcantara said Tuesday.
“I will work tirelessly to ensure that every New Yorker has the opportunity to succeed. I’ll stand up for tenants, seniors, New Americans, working families, and the progressive policies that will empower our community.”
Meanwhile in the State Assembly, Carmen De La Rosa, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez's chief of staff who also earned an endorsement from Espaillat, beat out incumbent Guillermo Linares and former CB 12 chair, George Fernandez, for the 72nd District race. The district covers Inwood, parts of Washington Heights and Marble Hill in The Bronx.
De La Rosa wrapped up the night with 46.20 percent of the vote, while Linares received 32.44 percent and George Fernandez 12.42 percent.
"This victory was about lifting up the unheard voices in our community who have been striving for a seat at the table for so long," De La Rosa told DNAinfo New York in a statement. "I'm so honored to have received the support of so many uptown and I'm ready to get to work."
The general elections for both seats is Tuesday, Nov. 8.