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THE BRONX — Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, who demanded that every vote be counted before accepting Diana Ayala as the winner of City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s vacated seat, has conceded victory. 

“I offer my congrats to Diana Ayala, and I hope she can fulfill the promises she made. We need strong leadership, and from the Assembly, I promise that I will continue to put our community first,” said Rodriguez in an email sent out shortly before 3:30 p.m.

“Unfortunately, this campaign was up against incumbency and negative rhetoric that did not communicate the