We worked hard to keep Brooklyn blue this year and I am proud to congratulate all our local Democratic winners today. I thank all our field operatives, staff, and poll workers who make our democracy possible. In New York, it will take a week or more for absentee ballots to be tabulated, but it is clear that our state, and our county is overwhelmingly blue. We must remain patient.
Although the wait is stressful, Brooklyn must remain engaged and united. There are several achievements to be proud of. Over one million New Yorkers voted early, undeterred by long lines and COVID-19. And, voter turnout in Brooklyn reached an all-time high. We had more early votes in Kings County than in any other county in the state. I am inspired by our participation. I am hopeful that we will prevail, and in the words of our presidential nominee, Joe Biden "we feel good about where we are."
We knew there was a strong possibility that we would not know the outcome of every election on election night -- and that's okay. Because of the pandemic, many people cast their votes early, whether in-person or by mail. Those votes are still being counted in critical swing states like Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
The people must decide the outcome of this election, and that is why we must count every vote. When all the votes are counted, we are confident that Joe Biden will be the President of the United States.
In Blue Unity,