By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Congratulations poured in from across Brooklyn early on Wednesday as word came that Rep. Nydia Velazquez beat her opponent in a landslide in the Democratic primary for New York's 7th Congressional District.
According to AP and WNYC, unofficial results late Tuesday had Velazquez with roughly 83 percent of the vote and attorney Jeffrey Kurzon with about 17 percent. Velazquez will now go on to the general election in November.
Towards morning, it appeared that Kurzon picked up one more percentage point, with 6,830 votes for Velazquez and 1,531 for Kurzon, with 97.2 percent of the votes counted.
"Mazel Tov! Celebrating now the win of our great Congresswomen," tweeted Satmar community activist Gary Schlesinger. A photo by Paul Newel of Velazquez celebrating at a victory party in Williamsburg was retweeted. City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca tweeted "Victory is ours."
The district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Velazquez is currently serving her 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a closely-followed race in District 13 in Harlem, WNYC reported that Charles Rangel took in 47.4 percent of the Democratic vote, while Adriano Espailla garnered 43.6 percent. Michael Walrond earned almost 8 percent.