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Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) was barred from entering City Council chambers on Jan. 5 after refusing to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. It is Council policy that all those entering the chamber floor be vaccinated against Covid.
Paladino’s vaccination status has been called into question for some time now; the New York Post previously reported that sources “close to” the councilwoman said that she is not vaccinated. Last week’s events have brought the issue to a head.
It’s official: A Republican has flipped the City Council District 19 seat after eight years of Democratic control.
Democratic nominee Tony Avella conceded Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day.
“My wife and I want to thank all of my supporters and volunteers who worked tirelessly on our campaign,” he wrote in a statement. “Although we lost, I am proud of the positive and issued based campaign we waged. A mere 387 votes was the difference in the outcome despite my opponent conducting negative ads and a Trump-like disinformation campaign. In the near future, I will review the election results and what this means for our community.”
Two days after the 2021 general election, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) pointed out that communities heavily populated by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voted in favor of Republican candidates.
“Our party better start giving more of a s**t about #aapi voters and communities. No other community turned out at a faster pace than AAPIs in 2020,” Meng wrote in a Nov. 4 tweet.
Not long after the clock struck midnight on Election Night, Republican Vickie Paladino announced she was victorious in her bid to be the next District 19 City Councilmember.
“This is a train we’re on and we’re not going to stop,” Paladino told the Chronicle after claiming victory.