BOB HOLDEN (Photos: Michael O'Kane)
Challenger Bob Holden has held on to his lead over incumbent Elizabeth Crowley in a hotly contested City Council race in Queens.
Holden held a 137-vote lead the morning after Election Day. He received 10,221 votes while Crowley had 10,088.
Following the tally of all absentee and affidavit ballots, his lead was essentially unchanged, winning by a 133-vote margin.
Holden, a longtime civic leader, will now take over for the two-term incumbent representing the neighborhoods of Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth, and portions of Ridgewood and Woodhaven.
Sources at the Board of Elections said a group of just under 20 people, led by John Haggerty of the Queens County Republican Party and Michael Reich representing the Queens County Democratic Party, spent ten hours yesterday going over the 400-plus ballots.
Holden is a registered Democrat who lost to Crowley in the September primary. The Queens County GOP gave him its ballot line for last week’s general election.