PATERSON – Unofficial results of the Passaic City Council race show former School Board member Kennth Lucianin defeating Vice Principal Angel Laboy by 24 votes.
Following the provisional ballot count, Lucianin earned 2,943 to 2,919 for Laboy.
"My hats off to all of the candidates," said Lucianin. "This is not a time to celebrate but to be partners for progress."
Lucianin and Mayor-elect Alex Blanco will be sworn in tonight at City Hall.
"I want to thank everybody who really believes in me," said Laboy. "There's an election in May and we'll see what happens."
The candiate said he also means to challenge the Election Day machine results from School No. 3.
"When they clean out the machine we're going to be there to examine those results," Laboy said.