Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday suspended the March 24 special election for Queens Borough President.
The election to fill the vacancy was already underway, with early voting beginning last March 13.
Councilman Donovan Richards, the Queens Democratic Party-backed candidate who is considered the front-runner, had urged the mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to postpone the election because of health concerns over the coronavirus.
Richards immediately praised de Blasio in a tweet moments after the mayor’s called off the race.
“Thank you@NYCMayor for recognizing the importance of protecting poll workers and voters in Queens. We should never put politics ahead of the health and safety of our most vulnerable,” Richards said.