QUEENS, N.Y. ― Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has maintained her lead over public defender Tiffany Cabán in the  following a manual recount of ballots cast in the June 25 race.

Katz’s campaign again declared victory at the close of the recount on Thursday.

“Now that every valid vote has been counted and recounted, the results confirm once again that the people of Queens have chosen Melinda Katz as the Democratic nominee for District Attorney,” Katz campaign adviser Andrew Kirtzman said in a statement.

Cabán remained defiant, however. Flanked by New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D) and election attorney Jerry Goldfeder, she promised at a Thursday afternoon press conference outside of a city Board of Elections

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