Monserrate Concedes

Hiram Monserrate just conceded his senate race to incumbent John Sabini after paper ballots were opened today — and he sounded more willing than before to work with the Queens County Democratic Organization.

In a statement where Monserrate pointedly doesn’t congratulate the winner, he said, “I am proud to have run a grassroots campaign of inclusion and reform that gave our residents a voice in the future of their community…The campaign was also successful in calling on all our leaders to address the area’s need for more resources to protect and improve our future.”

He went on to say, “I also look forward to working with our new Queens Democratic Party Chairman, Congressman Joseph Crowley, and all our elected officials to build a stronger and more unified party.”

It seems to signal, if nothing else, that Monserrate doesn’t plan a future run against Congressman Crowley — something he considered in 2004.

Full statement after the jump.

— Azi Paybarah

After All Votes Counted, Close Race Comes to End

CORONA — Council Member Hiram Monserrate, a candidate in last week’s Primary Election for State Senate in the 13 th District, today made the following statement regarding the election results after opening all paper ballots and a final canvass of the voting machines:

“I am proud to have run a grassroots campaign of inclusion and reform that gave our residents a voice in the future of their community. Throughout the year and the campaign, we worked hard to bring residents into the democratic process, registering thousands of new voters in our growing communities. The campaign was also successful in calling on all our leaders to address the area’s need for more resources to protect and improve our future.

I want to thank the thousands of voters and supporters that brought us so close on Election Day and I look forward to continuing my work to deliver resources and results to the residents and families of Queens in the City Council. I also look forward to working with our new Queens Democratic Party Chairman, Congressman Joseph Crowley, and all our elected officials to build a stronger and more unified party.”

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Monserrate Concedes