Lentol led Gallagher by 1,763 votes when the polls closed on June 23, but many voters chose to cast an absentee ballot due to the pandemic. Gallagher earned over 2,000 more votes from those ballots, giving her an edge on the incumbent.
“The voters in the 50th Assembly District voted for change,” Lentol said in a statement. “I'm proud of my years of service, delivering important legislation and always attending to constituents' needs. My successor will be busy as the new Assembly Member. I wish her well as she faces the enormous challenges ahead."
Lentol might not be the only incumbent in Brooklyn to succumb to a new progressive wave. Reports indicate that Phara Souffrant Forrest has pulled ahead of Assemblyman Walter Mosley in a district that includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights.
Forrest is a nurse who was endorsed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
And in a district that includes Red Hook and Sunset Park, Marcela Mitaynes toppled Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a 26-year incumbent.
Editor's Note: Emily Gallagher is a columnist for this media outlet.