On July 29, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was announced as the winner of the Democratic primary for the Queens County District Attorney position in New York following a manual recount. The primary took place on June 25, 2019. Attorney Daniel Kogan ran unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election for the open seat will take place on November 5, 2019.
On election night, public defender Tiffany Cabán appeared to have the most votes in the Democratic primary. After the mail-in ballots were counted, Katz appeared to have the most votes. Ultimately, Katz was declared the winner with 38.9% of the vote, leading Cabán by 60 votes; Cabán garnered 38.8% of the vote, according to the New York Board of Elections’ certified results.
Prior to the vote certification, the Cabán campaign filed a lawsuit challenging the results and alleging that several ballots were improperly invalidated. A hearing before the New York Supreme Court has been set for August 6, 2019.
The District Attorney seat was vacated when Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (D) died in May 2019. He was first elected in 1991.