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Williamsburg Councilman Antonio Reynoso Staves Off Primary Challenger

By Gwynne Hogan | September 13, 2017 10:29am
 Councilman Antonio Reynoso will keep his seat in the City Council for another four years. 
Councilman Antonio Reynoso will keep his seat in the City Council for another four years. 
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WILLIAMSBURG — Incumbent City Councilman Antonio Reynoso coasted to victory Tuesday night, fending off a challenge from opponent Tommy Torres, who is an assistant principal at Grand Street Campus.

Reynoso — who scored around 6,452 votes over Torres' 3,527, or 64 percent — will likely get another four years to promote affordable housing in the district, a community-driven rezoning in Bushwick and reforming the sanitation industry with the goal of cutting down truck traffic.

He faces no challengers in the Nov. 7 general election.

Around 10,000 who voters showed up to poling stations across Williamsburg and Bushwick Tuesday, a mere 16 percent of the 61,711 active registered democrats who live in the 34th City Council District.

Throughout primary day the two candidates and their supporters attempted to sway voters in front of polling stations, papering signposts and the streets with fliers and posters.

In 2013, when Reynoso first took office, he did so beating out disgraced political powerhouse Vito Lopez. This will be Reynoso's second and last term.

Citywide, voter turnout was similarly low, with just 14 percent of the 3,100,356 active registered Democrats showing up to vote.