Kathryn Garcia, a former New York City sanitation commissioner who mounted a strong campaign for mayor, conceded on Wednesday to Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, after a count of absentee ballots in the Democratic primary contest left her trailing him by just 8,400 votes.
The location of her concession speech, at the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park, was freighted with meaning.
“For 400 years, no woman has held the top seat at City Hall,” said Ms. Garcia, who in Tuesday’s tally lost by one percentage point. “This campaign has come closer than any other moment in history to breaking that glass ceiling in selecting New York City’s first female mayor. We cracked the hell out of it, and it’s ready to be broken, but we have not cracked that glass ceiling.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.