News Tiffany Cabán concedes in Queens DA primary race after weekslong court battle Tiffany Cabán, left, conceded in the Queens district attorney primary race on Tuesday, handing the victory to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, right. Photo Credit: Composite: Getty Images By Li Yakira Cohen and Lauren Cook Li.Cohen@amny.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Updated August 7, 2019 7:25 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Tiffany Cabán conceded in the primary race for Queens district attorney Tuesday night, more than a month after a too-tight-to-call election that resulted in a manual recount and a lawsuit over invalidated ballots. Cabán made the announcement during a party for her volunteers and supporters at Katch Astoria, a gastropub and brewery in the Queens neighborhood. Among the attendees were Assemb. Ron Kim and state Sen. Mike Gianaris. After chants of “Tiffany! Tiffany!” Cabán thanked the “thousands of volunteers” who helped mount the campaign and for “extending grace.” She also nodded to her age – 32 – as well as being a queer woman in a political world that doesn't necessarily reflect what she sees in the mirror. “I don’t look like our politicians. I don’t sound like most of them,” she told the crowd. Among the accomplishments she ticked off: altering how we talk about criminal justice reform. “We completely transformed the conversation around criminal justice reform in this city. We forced the next district attorney of Queens into ending all cash bail,” she said to applause. And what drew even a louder round? When she declared: “We terrified the Democratic establishment!” Cabán’s concession followed another long day in court, where Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, certified as the winner by the Board of Elections, remained in the lead with 55 votes. Judge John G. Ingram, who presided, also ruled not to open a group of affidavit ballots that did not properly state the voters’ political party affiliation — a move that could have blocked any chance Cabán had at winning through the process. Following the hearing, Katz’s campaign adviser, Mathew Rey, issued a statement urging Cabán’s team to look at the facts of the situation. “The margin has barely changed, and the results are the same for a third time,” he said. “There is nothing left to count and there is absolutely no math that would overturn Melinda’s lead. It is now time to allow Queens to move on in order to begin working on crucial reforms to the district attorney’s office.” Cabán conceded, but not without noting: “We need to fix the serious flaws in our election system.” The flaws, she continued, “that the last six weeks have exposed.” Katz thanked Cabán “for bringing closure to this long and hard-fought race” in a statement Tuesday night. “Too often, the process of primary campaigns obscures the vast commonalities we share as Democrats and reformers,” she said. “I look forward to pressing ahead with my reform agenda as District Attorney, and I ask all Queens residents, regardless of whom they supported in this race, to join together to make our borough a model for successful, safe reform.” With Lisa L. Colangelo By Li Yakira Cohen and Lauren Cook Li.Cohen@amny.com, email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Some disputed Queens DA affidavits will be reviewedAttorneys for Democratic primary winner Melinda Katz argued that the challenge brought by Tiffany Cabán's camp is a "circus" that deserves to be dismissed. Breaking down the Queens DA primary recountMelinda Katz holds a lead over Tiffany Cabán for the Democratic nomination after a manual recount of ballots. Recount process begins in tight Queens DA primaryBoard of Election staff started opening bins and sorting ballots on Tuesday. Katz leads Cabán as Queens DA primary race goes to a recountA count of paper ballots left the Queens borough president with a 20-vote lead over the public defender, flipping the primary night result. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.