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Koo defeats Chou in Council race

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Republican Peter Koo beat Democrat Yen Chou in Tuesday’s election, making him one of three Republicans now representing Queens in the City Council.

The campaign, which pitted two Chinese-born immigrants against one another in an area with many Asian-Americans residents, was a visible representation of the increased influence the Asian American population is having on New York politics.

Koo is the founder of a chain of Flushing drugstores and head of the Flushing Chinese Business Association, while Chou is the director of a tutoring company and a former political aide.

In the next Council district,Republican Dan Halloran defeated Democrat Kevin Kim in a contentious race during which the candidates’ camps tossed around accusations of religious and racial discrimination.

Halloran, an Auburndale attorney, won 53 percent of the vote, while Kim, a former deputy director of community for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), received 47 percent to replace Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

Reach reporter Connor Adams Sheets by e-mail at csheets@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 138.

Posted 6:28 pm, October 10, 2011
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