Special Election Near-Tied, Goes Into Overtime (Updated)

We told you your vote could make a difference: in one of three special elections held last night to fill vacated city council seats, Debi Rose (pictured) at this writing trails Kenneth Mitchell by just 34 votes -- 4,130 votes to 4,096 -- in the Brooklyn/Staten Island 39th CD race to replace state senator Michael McMahon. 395 absentee ballots have yet to be counted, so no winner has been declared.

(The Staten Island Advance says it's actually 4,278 to 4,037 and that Mitchell has declared victory; we'll check it again later this morning. Update, 7:40 a.m.: Mitchell continues to insist on victory, Rose is talking about going to the court. Update, 12:00 p.m.: The current vote spread between Mitchell and Rose is said to be 48 votes. A BOE recanvass is scheduled for next week.)

The other two races weren't so close. Former Hiram Monserrate's former chief of staff Julissa Ferreras won her old boss' seat in Queens, and in southwest Queens Eric Ulrich took over from state senator Joe Addabbo.


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