Chairman Meeks' Statement After 2021 Primaries

For immediate release:

While we await the official certification of results for this year’s Democratic primary elections, we do so as a city unified in aspirations and in what has been a historic election.
As New Yorkers, we are used to the historicity of our city. Through both times of trouble and times of triumph we come together as one boisterous family to fight for the very ideals that make this city the greatest city in the world.

Those ideals—of liberty, diversity, equity, and inclusion—are seen daily throughout our neighborhoods but are especially pronounced when candidates go out to speak with voters to ask of them their visions for the city and call them into our civic life. This year the response to that call was broader, deeper, and impacted more New Yorkers than any other municipal election has in almost 30 years.

In Queens, our very own march to the polls produced historic outcomes. Our borough re-elected the first African-American man to ever serve as Queens Borough President. Our City Council delegation will be majority women for the first time in history, and it will reflect our borough in creed, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and ideology. Most importantly, it will be united in our love for Queens and our hope for New York City.

It is with deep joy and profound optimism that I look forward at what is to come from the next crop of legislators in our city. Often, it is said that democracy is messy, but it is on each of us to make it work, protect it, and pass it on. I am proud of every candidate who ran and has fought the good fight for our democracy.

Congratulations to all the victors of our city’s Democratic primaries, and especially to Eric Adams, Brad Lander, Jumaane Williams, Donovan Richards, Tony Avella, Sandra Ung, Francisco Moya, Tiffany Caban, Linda Lee, James Gennaro, Shekar Krishnan, Julie Won, Nantasha Williams, Adrienne Adams, Lynn Schulman, Robert Holden, Selvena Brooks-Powers, and Felicia Singh.

Time to get to work!

Gregory W. Meeks
Chairman, Executive Committee
Democratic Organization of Queens County