A Jewish lawyer and Ukrainian immigrant have won a seat in the 48th district with support from Jewish voters in her area.
Republican candidate Inna Vernikov beat fellow Jewish and former special education teacher Steven Saperstein.
Vernikov, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump will fill the seat vacated when Democrat Chaim Deutsch was expelled from the council in April.
“I’m very excited. This election victory shows that the people are fed up with the progressive policies that have destroyed our city and district,” Vernikov said.
In the campaign trail, both Vernikov and Saperstein campaigned on promises related to public safety, supporting Israel, and reducing crime at a time when antisemitic incidents are on the rise in New York City.
Based on the latest statistics, District 48 contains the city’s largest population of Russian speakers as well as a significant Orthodox Jewish population and was one of a few districts that went for Trump in the 2020 presidential election, with 65% of voters backing the former president.