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  • Voters Pick Women Over Men in Primary for All Six Brooklyn Judicial Seats

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    (Wiki Commons)


    During the judicial primary elections September 12, Brooklyn Democratic voters seemed to base their selections for Civil Court judge primarily on gender; immune, apparently, to an ongoing squabble over the process for selecting the nominees, who are virtually guaranteed election in November given the borough’s Democratic tilt.

    With 12 candidates vying for six civil court

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Public Advocate Candidate JC Polanco

    Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette


    September 18, 2017 - Max & Murphy with Public Advocate Candidate JC Polanco

    jcpolanco 277JC Polanco, a Republican running for Public Advocate, joined Max & Murphy to discuss his candidacy, explaining a variety of policy proposals and his overall mission to reform the position itself to give it more power, funding, and teeth. Polanco is attempting to run a

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  • Candidates for 2017 City Elections

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    Mayor de Blasio signs in to vote (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)


    With the party primaries over in the 2017 city election cycle, we head toward the general election, which will take place Tuesday, November 7. Dozens of races will be on the ballot, headlined by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempt at re-election.

    The other citywide positions of Public Advocate and Comptroller are also being determined this year, as well as all five Borough Presidents, all 51 City Council seats, and two District Attorney positions (Brooklyn and Manhattan). However,

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  • The 2017 New York City Elections

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    Mayor de Blasio voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    The 2017 New York City elections are for the three citywide posts of Mayor, Public Advocate and Comptroller; the five Borough President positions; all 51 City Council seats; the Brooklyn and Manhattan District Attorney posts; and other down ballot offices like some civil court judges and some district leader positions.

    The party primaries were September 12. The general election is November 7.

    At Gotham Gazette, we are providing a vast amount of information about the

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  • 'Tears of Joy,' Hope for a District in Alicka Samuel's Win

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    Alicka Ampry-Samuel (via Facebook)


    It was late Tuesday afternoon, primary day, in Brooklyn, and amidst the rattle of the subway and wafting aroma of a not-far-off Popeyes fried chicken restaurant, Alicka Ampry-Samuel danced on the sidewalk with Corey Johnson, a current City Council member from Manhattan, to “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now.” Although the outcome of Samuel’s race -- she was a leading candidate in the crowded Democratic

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  • Ede Fox Unsuccessful in Second Attempt at Election to City Council

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    Ede Fox, in white, with campaign help (photo via Facebook)


    At 7 a.m. on primary day, September 12, Ede Fox had already been campaigning for an hour, since polls opened, at P.S. 20 in Fort Greene. The neighborhood is part of the 35th City Council District, where Fox was trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Laurie Cumbo, who had bested Fox four years ago when the seat was open.

    That year, Fox finished third in a five-way primary, 1,825 votes behind Cumbo. This year, she decided to take Cumbo on again, motivated by community concerns around affordability and gentrification, and

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  • On the Lower East Side, Carlina Rivera Dominates Primary Day

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    Carlina Rivera (photo: Felipe De La Hoz)


    As the sun rose over the brick facades of the East Village, Carlina Rivera stood on the corner of 1st avenue and 10th street with a handful of flyers. It was 6:30 a.m. and the first-time candidate for elected office was petting dogs, telling children to stay in school, and asking voters to make her the next City Council member representing District 2. 

    “I just got a text from my mom. She's voting for me,” Rivera said between greetings.

    About 15 minutes after Rivera

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  • In Surprise to Some, Diana Ayala Victorious in Tight Primary

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    Speaker Mark-Viverito with Diana Ayala (photo: Samar Khurshid/GothamGazette)


    The primary election on Tuesday saw incumbents retain power across most of the city and few upsets in contested races. But in one of the most competitive races of the day, a first-time candidate prevailed over a long-time elected official, overcoming an expected gap in name recognition and other deficits, in a City Council district struggling with concerns for its future and looking for its next local leader to advocate for its interests.

    District 8, which covers East Harlem and the South

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  • Meet The Three State Legislators Likely Heading To The City Council

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    Mark Gjonaj & Bronx Democratic leadership (photo: @MarkGjonajNY)


    With the New York City primary election behind us, it appears that at least three state legislators are likely to be leaving behind the trips to Albany for plush City Council seats.

    Following the path of former State Senator Bill Perkins, who was elected to the City Council in a special election earlier this year, two Assembly members and one state senator are likely to be making the same jump come January: State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr, Assemblymember Mark

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: What Happened on Primary Day & What It Means

    Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette


    September 13, 2017 - Max & Murphy on the 2017 primary election results

    The day after the 2017 New York City primary elections, Ben Max and Jarrett Murphy recap the results, discuss key takeaways, and preview the two months ahead until the November general elections.

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  • 25 Things Nicole Malliotakis Promises To Do As Mayor

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    Nicole Malliotakis (photo: @NMalliotakis)


    Staten Island Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is the Republican nominee for mayor and, with the primary election over, the city’s political focus has now shifted toward her bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Bill de Blasio, who handily won his primary on Tuesday. In that effort, she’ll have to also best independent Bo Dietl and others on the ballot in November.

    Malliotakis is seeking to become the first female Mayor of New York City, as well as the first Latina and, at 36, the youngest since

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  • 2017 New York City Primary Election Results

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    NYC Votes sticker, design by Marie Dagata and Scott Heinz


    Mayor Bill de Blasio prevailed convincingly in the Democratic primary Tuesday as he seeks a second term. De Blasio was facing four challengers, most prominently former City Council Member Sal Albanese. With 98% of precincts reporting, de Blasio had secured 74.4% of the vote, to Albanese’s 15.4%, and Michael Tolkin’s 4.7%, Robert Gangi’s 3.1%, and Richard Bashner’s 2.4%. De Blasio had about 317,000 votes; Albanese with about 65,450 in a very low turnout election, where about 15% of

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  • 2013 Voter Turnout Numbers Help Preview 2017 Primaries

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    (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    New York City voters head to the polls Tuesday in this year’s party primary elections, mostly contests among competing Democrats. It is expected to be another low turnout election. Four years ago, only about 691,000 of the city’s 3.4 million (20%) registered Democrats voted in a high-profile, exciting, and hugely consequential mayoral primary with no incumbent in the race. Bill de Blasio won that primary and went on to cruise in the general election, which also saw terribly low voter turnout.

    In 2013, there

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  • Risks and Rewards in De Blasio’s Bevy of City Council Endorsements

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    City Council candidate Diana Ayala (photo: @DianaAyala2017)


    Mayor Bill de Blasio is a heavy favorite heading into Tuesday's primary election, which includes numerous races across the city for which the Democratic primary is determinative of the next officeholder. In certain City Council races, de Blasio has endorsed candidates for the primary, including a small flurry of support just a few days before voters head to the polls, in what could be a sign that the mayor and his allies are concerned about turnout.

    But it’s unclear what effect, if any, the

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: A Candidate's Final Campaign Hours

    Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette


    September 11, 2017 - Max & Murphy with guest Gifford Miller, former Speaker of the City Council and mayoral candidate

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    The day before the 2017 New York City primary elections, we spoke with Gifford Miller, former City Council Speaker and 2005 Democratic candidate for Mayor. Miller was elected to the

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  • The Threat Lurking on Primary Day

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    State Senator and City Council candidate Ruben Diaz Sr. (photo: @RevRubenDiaz)


    The New York City Council is under threat. There is a force exerting immense pressure to dangerously influence the session beginning in January. That threat goes by one name: Albany. And it is bearing down on the city this week.

    We need to take stock of what is happening, and vote accordingly on Tuesday, September 12, or the 2018 City Council class will be far less progressive than the current.

    What do I mean by the Albany threat? State legislators who

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  • Dietl, Malliotakis Make Last-Minute Play for Reform Party Nomination

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    Bo Dietl (photo: Samar Khurshid)


    GOP mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis and independent candidate Bo Dietl are both making a last-minute push to win the Reform Party ballot line for November’s mayoral election. While Sal Albanese, who is also challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary, has been backed by the Reform Party, Dietl and Malliotakis are each attempting to convince their supporters to help them steal the ballot line by voting on primary day -- Tuesday, September 12 -- using a provision in state election law that effectively

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  • Can Anyone Defeat Eric Gonzalez for Brooklyn DA?

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    Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez with Public Advocate Tish James


    With just days before Brooklynites head to the polls and decide who will be the borough’s next district attorney, a position briefly held and transformed by the late Kenneth Thompson, the field is crowded with Democratic candidates, each vying to present him or herself as the most progressive, best-suited option to carry on Thompson’s legacy.

    Of the six Democratic candidates who will be on Tuesday’s ballot, the frontrunner -- having raised the most money and scooped up endorsements

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  • De Blasio & Albanese Argue Through Second of Two Primary Debates

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    Bill de Blasio, left, & Sal Albanese


    The second and final Democratic mayoral primary debate on Wednesday was a frenetic hour-long affair in which Mayor Bill de Blasio spent much of his time on the defensive, facing probing questions from debate moderators and tough criticism from his opponent, Sal Albanese. At the same time, Albanese appeared to come up short yet again in terms of clearly articulating a vision for a mayoralty beyond tearing down many of de Blasio’s current policies.

    Right off the bat, de Blasio was

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  • Candidate Endorsements in the 2017 City Elections

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    Mayor de Blasio is endorsed by 32BJ SEIU (photo: Ben Max/Gotham Gazette)


    Do endorsements matter in elections? In short, yes. How much they matter depends on who is endorsing whom, amid many factors. As candidates run for office they almost always seek as many endorsements as they can get from elected officials, labor unions, newspaper editorial boards, political clubs, advocacy groups, and others. These endorsements can help give candidates more caché -- something to boast about as they seek other endorsements or votes or funds -- and can lead to important help with

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  • Forecasting the Upcoming City Council Gender Imbalance

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    CMs Chin, left; Rose, center; & Rosenthal, center right (photo: Gotham Gazette)


    There are currently only 13 women in the 51-seat New York City Council, a troubling 25 percent. The number is down from 18 women in the Council a few years ago. With the city’s quadrennial elections upon us, a new Council class will be inaugurated in January, with the September 12 primaries largely determining who will fill the city’s legislative body for the next four years in this very Democratic city.

    Most would agree that gender balance in the City Council

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Previewing Primary Day

    Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette


    September 5, 2017 - Max & Murphy with Brigid Bergin of WNYC radio

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    One week from primary day 2017, Max & Murphy were joined by Brigid Bergin of WNYC radio to discuss the final week of campaigning before voters head to the polls on September 12; key races and themes to watch; and the second Democratic

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  • Malliotakis Banks on Fundraising Blitz to Be Competitive with De Blasio

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    Nicole Malliotakis, left, with John Catsimatidis, center (photo: @NMalliotakis)


    Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis does not need to worry about defeating a primary opponent, and running unopposed is cheap. That dynamic will very quickly change on September 12, primary day, after which the Staten Island Assemblymember will have all of 55 days to campaign against the winner of the Democratic primary, likely incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a city with roughly a 7-to-1 Democratic-to-Republican enrollment

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  • Incumbent Brooklyn City Council Rep Attempts to Fend Off Prominent Challengers

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    City Council Member Menchaca (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    As he runs for reelection this fall, Carlos Menchaca, the City Council member for District 38, which includes Red Hook, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace, faces several challengers in the Democratic primary. In a rare occurrence, one of his opponents is another sitting elected official from the same party, Assemblymember Felix Ortiz.

    Though he was not an elected official at the time, Menchaca himself challenged and unseated an incumbent from the same party in a contentious 2013 primary that focused on

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  • Queens Council Candidates Attempt to Offer Stability to Burned District

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    Candidate Richard David (photo: David campaign)


    The July corruption conviction and August sentencing of City Council Member Ruben Wills created a newly-open seat representing Council District 28 in southeast Queens. Because of the timing of the vacancy, the seat will be filled through the normal electoral calendar, with the determinative September 12 Democratic primary rapidly approaching.

    The 28th Council District includes neighborhoods such as South Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park. Along with the

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