Bill Perkins wins District Council #9 special election

Given his name recognition, political experience and a crowded field of candidates, Bill Perkins was the favorite to win the special election Tuesday for the City Council seat in District #9.

According to the uncertified results from the city’s Board of Elections, Perkins, most recently a state senator who was a councilman from 1998 to 2005, tallied 33.64 percent of the votes, 3,750 votes.

His closest contender was the union-backed Marvin Holland with 18.59 percent (2,073 votes), followed by Athena Moore, who worked for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, with 15.09 percent (1,682 votes).

Larry Scott Blackmon, endorsed by Inez Dickens who held the position before winning the vacated assembly seat that Keith Wright occupied for many years, polled 11.88 percent (1,324 votes). Cordell Cleare, who was endorsed by the Amsterdam News and who was Perkins’ chief aide for nearly 20 years, got 9.8 percent (1,068 votes).

Dawn Simmons, Charles Cooper, Todd Stevens and Caprice Alves were the other contenders in the race, and it’s a good chance we will see them all again in September.

The district basically encompasses Central Harlem, parts of East and West Harlem, Morningside Heights and the Upper Westside.