Wednesday’s Headlines: Election Recap (Not!) Edition

If you want election news, flip somewhere else — though we’re attributing Republican Lee Zeldin’s resounding loss to his failure to support congestion pricing, obviously — but there are some key races we knew you’d want to know about (all results are preliminary):

  • State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (a safe streets champion) won re-election in Bay Ridge.
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (an election denier) won re-election over Max Rose in Staten Island.
  • Longtime Assembly Member Peter Abbate (who has opposed many street safety measures, including the DOT’s plan for Seventh and Eighth avenues in Sunset Park) looks like he lost to a Republican.
  • It looks like all the ballot measures — including an environmental bond act and racial equity initiatives — passed.

Also we couldn’t resist giving you Second Avenue Sagas’ great takedown of  John Quaglione’s bizarre Election Day tweet:

We’ll have more reaction and coverage of the election results once the smoke clears. Until then, here are the few non-political news stories from Tuesday:

  • We’re proud to have midwifed David Zipper’s excellent piece on why we should not throw out the e-bike baby with the battery fire bathwater. (Fast Company)
  • Pinky’s Space on the Lower East Side has closed — and the restaurant is blaming the city for demolishing its outdoor dining area. (NY Post)
  • Meet the new fire boss — not the same as all the old fire bosses. (NY Times)
  • It looks like the MTA’s long-delayed East Side Access project might be delayed again. (Gothamist)
  • And, finally, other than our deputy editor opening, here’s the job of the day:

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