Brad Hoylman won and overwhelming victory in Thursdays primary to replace Tom Duane as the only openly gay man in the New York State Senate. Hoylman was handpicked by Duane to take his seat which represents Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper West Side and parts of the East Village as he retires from office.
Hoylman won nearly 70 percent of the vote beating out two other candidates. One of which was Tommy Greco, the co-owner of the Hell’s Kitchen gay bar called the Ritz.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Hoylman told supporters during his victory speech.
In addition to his endorsement from Sen. Duane, Hoylman also got the backing of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick , The New York Times, GaySocialites.com and a long list of politicians and publications. Since there is no Republican candidate, November’s General Election is simply a formality.