Riely, 33, the 83rd Assembly District Leader has spent the past decade working for the Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie, first as a constituent liaison and the community relations director.
“Tonight I would like to thank the voters of the 12th Council District for giving me the privilege and honor to represent them in City Council,” Riley said on Twitter. “This victory is not only for me, but for each and every single individual who supported me.
Thank you to my mother, my fiancé, my daughters, elected officials, labor, volunteers and all of the 12th District’s community members. My work is not done and rather is just beginning. Representing the community that raised me and made me the man I am today, is truly humbling.”
Speaker Heastie praised his former employee.
Congratulations to @KevinCRiley @RileyforTheBX on a successful campaign. Your work in our community speaks for itself and tonight it was solidified, you’re the new Councilman of District 12, and I couldn’t be more proud.
— Carl E. Heastie (@CarlHeastie) December 23, 2020