Tiffany Cabán concedes defeat to Melinda Katz in Democratic primary for Queens district attorney

Posted at 9:25 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 04:50:31-04

NEW YORK — Tiffany Cabán is calling it quits in her race for Queens district attorney that gained national attention.

Cabán told supporters on Tuesday night that her campaign was conceding the Democratic primary to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz after a judicial review of disputed ballots didn’t significantly alter Katz’s slim lead in the tightly contested race.

Cabán was leading by more than 1,000 votes after the June 25 primary, but a manual recount led to Katz gaining only a smaller lead.

The New York City Board of Elections declared Katz the official winner last week. Cabán went to court over ballots her campaign said had been improperly excluded.

A judge’s review didn’t significantly impact the final decision, leading to Cabán’s decision.

Katz released a statement Tuesday night responding to the update:

“I want to thank Tiffany Cabán for bringing closure to this long and hard-fought race. Too often, the process of primary campaigns obscures the vast commonalities we share as Democrats and reformers. We all want a safe Queens where everyone is treated equally.”