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  • 11 Special Elections Set for April 24

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    Gov. Cuomo voting (photo via The Governor's Office)


    Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially called a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the Legislature — two in the Senate and nine in the Assembly — for April 24. Of these, four vacancies are located within the five boroughs of New York City. The short races are quickly heating up to replace three former city-based state legislators who have joined the City Council -- former Assembly members Francisco Moya and Mark Gjonaj and former Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. -- and another lawmaker, Brian Kavanagh,

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  • Staten Island Activist Eyes Primary Challenge to IDC Senator Savino

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    photo: Jasmine Robinson


    State Senator Diane Savino, a founding member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), may be facing a challenge in the Democratic primary this fall.

    Jasmine “Jasi” Robinson, 38, a legal secretary and community activist from Port Richmond, told Gotham Gazette she is mulling a run for the 23rd Senate District that encompasses the North Shore of Staten Island and a sliver of southern Brooklyn, citing the anti-IDC movement among progressives as her inspiration.

    Robinson, who has lived in the district her

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  • Campaign Finance Board Begins Formal Review of 2017 Election Cycle

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    (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    The New York Campaign Finance Board (CFB) held a hearing Monday morning to field testimony on the 2017 New York City election cycle from candidates, operatives, and advocates. The hearing, part of a quadrennial post-election report that must be submitted before September 1 the year after the election, came on the heels of final campaign finance filing of the 2017 cycle. The CFB

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  • 2018 Will Be a Busy, Contentious Election Year in New York

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    a polling place (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    This year will be another busy, contentious election year for New Yorkers. While 2017 saw the majority of elections confined to local government, 2018 will see three election days and races for state-level offices, including five of six statewide positions and all of the state Legislature, and all of the state’s delegation to the House of Representatives.

    A fourth election day may occur in some districts if Governor Andrew Cuomo calls a special election to fill 11 currently

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  • City Council Member Jumaane Williams to Explore Run for Lieutenant Governor

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    City Council Member Jumaane Williams (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)


    At the end of stirring and emotional remarks on Martin Luther King Day, City Council Member Jumaane Williams announced that he is exploring a run for Lieutenant Governor. Williams, who was just re-elected to a third Council term and was unsuccessful in his pursuit of the speakership of the city’s legislative body, gave the keynote address at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn on Monday, passionately discussing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • Many Election Poll Workers are Placed by Party Machines, Some May Influence Votes

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    photo by Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette


    With a 16-hour workday, compensation at $200, and the monotony of sitting in what is often a stifling, public-school gymnasium, New York City’s tens of thousands of election poll workers have a largely thankless job.

    Mobilized only a few days most years, they are often retired or semi-retired. While unheralded, they are the frontline for the New York City Board of Elections (BOE), which, as governed by state law, is responsible for registering voters, maintaining voter records, and operating poll site locations

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  • State Board of Elections Official Says City Must Move to Instant Runoff Voting

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    Council Member Ben Kallos (photo via @NYCCouncil)


    Ahead of the September 12 primary, mayoral candidate Sal Albanese seemingly had the Reform Party ballot line locked up. It meant that Albanese would be on the general election ballot even if he lost the Democratic primary to Mayor Bill de Blasio. At the last minute, however, Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis and independent candidate Bo Dietl attempted to snatch the Reform nomination from Albanese through an “opportunity to ballot,” which had effectively opened up the Reform line to write-in

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley

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


    December 5, 2017 - Max & Murphy podcast: City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley

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    City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley was elected in 2008, the first woman and first Democrat to represent her Queens district. She's chaired the Council's Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, holding hearings on Rikers Island jails and much more,

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  • De Blasio's Campaign Cash During Election Crunch

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    Mayor de Blasio (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office)


    In the two weeks leading up to Election Day, November 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio raised about $485,653 for his reelection campaign, and spent $1.65 million in winning a second term by a wide margin, according to the latest disclosures filed with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. The disclosures cover the five-week period from October 24 to November 30, and show that on and after Election Day, de Blasio raised another $82,461 and spent an additional

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Previewing De Blasio's Second Term

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


    November 27, 2017 - Max & Murphy: Previewing De Blasio's Second Term

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    Max & Murphy discuss the next steps for recently re-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, as his second term gets going, will surely be dealing with some cabinet changes and will have to navigate the election of the next City Council Speaker.

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  • Possible GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh Chances to Unseat Cuomo

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    L-R: Harry Wilson, John DeFrancisco, Marc Molinaro, Brian Kolb


    The Republican pool of candidates exploring an attempt to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 gubernatorial race appears to be shrinking. Now just four Republicans say they are exploring a run -- down from at least seven prior to this past Election Day -- with the potential candidates vowing to announce their decisions by Christmas.

    Targeting the well-funded Democratic governor seeking his third term would typically be a bold but calculated bet. On one hand, Cuomo

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  • Election Post-Mortem with Nicole Malliotakis’ Campaign Manager

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    Nicole Malliotakis and company (photo: @NMalliotakis)


    “I targeted 750,000 votes,” said Leticia Remauro, campaign manager for Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis’ mayoral bid, “and broke them up into about 26 Assembly Districts we needed to target.”

    “To win as a Republican in New York City, you have to win Queens, Staten Island, and the Upper East Side,” Remauro told Gotham Gazette in an election post-mortem interview, with the intensity of the campaign still evident.

    While some absentee and other ballots

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  • Mapping the Mayoral: Where De Blasio and Malliotakis Each Did Well

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    image: WNYC Data News team map of the 2017 mayoral race


    Mayor Bill de Blasio was reelected for a second term on Tuesday with two-thirds of the vote in a low turnout election that saw only about 22 percent of registered New Yorkers cast a ballot for mayor.

    There were few surprises across the five boroughs, and voter behavior was largely consistent with the 2013 mayoral election, in which de Blasio beat Republican Joe Lhota, 73 percent to 24 percent. But in certain enclaves of the city, de Blasio’s main challenger, Republican Assemblymember Nicole

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Analyzing the 2017 Election Results

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


    November 7, 2017 - Max & Murphy: Analyzing Election Results

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    The day after Election Day, Max & Murphy, with guest Samar Khurshid of Gotham Gazette, discuss the results, including what the mayoral vote says about Bill de Blasio and where the city is heading.

    Watch and/or listen to the full conversation and let us

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  • As New York Votes, a Push to Allow 17-Year-Olds the Ballot Next

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    Assemblymember Robert Carroll at Monday's rally


    On the eve of Election Day 2017, a state Assembly member from Brooklyn held a press conference focused on voter engagement and turnout, but it wasn’t in support of his own candidacy -- he’s not up for reelection until next year -- or anyone else’s. Instead, Assemblymember Robert Carroll was talking about his push to allow 17-year-olds to vote.

    In the state capital of Albany, Carroll recently introduced a bill, the Young Voter Act, that would

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  • Bill De Blasio Easily Wins Reelection as Mayor of New York City

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    Mayor Bill de Blasio after casting his vote (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    Mayor Bill de Blasio triumphed over his challengers on Tuesday to become the first Democrat to be reelected mayor of New York City since Ed Koch won a third term in 1985. De Blasio celebrated, promised more progress, and put his win into the context of a larger Democratic wave that took place on Tuesday in other places around the country. De Blasio declared a new goal for a second and final term: making New York City “the fairest big city in

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  • Malliotakis Comes Up Short in Long-shot Mayoral Bid

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    Nicole Malliotakis (photo via @NMalliotakis)


    Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican nominee for mayor, lost her long-shot bid on Tuesday to the incumbent, Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat.

    The election’s outcome never seemed to be in doubt, with de Blasio holding significant leads in all the polls, a fundraising advantage, labor support, and the city’s overwhelmingly party registration margin. Beyond being in a city where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans 6-to-1, Malliotakis also had to

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  • 2017 New York City General Election Results

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    (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    Mayor Bill de Blasio won reelection on Tuesday, earning about two-thirds of the vote in another low-turnout election -- about 1,070,000 voters cast ballots in the mayoral race. De Blasio's fellow incumbent citywide Democrats, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James, also won reelection, each with about three-quarters of the vote.

    Among the most notable other votes cast in New York this Election Day, the constitutional convention ballot question -- proposal one on

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: 10 Things to Think About on Election Day

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


    November 6, 2017 - Max & Murphy: Previewing the Election

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    On this pre-Election Day episode, we bring you a special video show, with Max & Murphy providing 10 things to think about as voters in New York City and across the state head to the polls on Tuesday. Watch the video below for the special show, or, if you prefer audio only, find

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  • Dissecting Mayor De Blasio's Record As He Seeks Reelection

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    Mayor Bill de Blasio & First Lady Chirlane McCray (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)


    As Mayor Bill de Blasio, a first-term Democrat, seeks reelection this fall, a close examination of his record is essential. De Blasio came into power promising to address inequlality in a variety of forms, including income, educational, policing, racial, and opportunity inequities he identified during his 2013 campaign. In this year's election de Blasio is running in part on his record, which is headlined by the

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  • Races to Watch on Election Day, Inside and Outside New York City

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    Rob Astorino, left, and George Latimer


    Welcome to Election Day 2017. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sweep comfortably to reelection over six other candidates, including Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis, an Assembly member from Staten Island, despite their efforts to paint him as an ineffective manager beholden to his campaign donors. Similarly, many of the city’s 51 City Council seats that are up for grabs are predetermined by a heavily Democratic electorate, but there are a few spirited city races heading into Election Day,

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  • De Blasio's Record on NYCHA

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    De Blasio, Olatoye & others in 2015 (photo: Demetrius Freeman/Mayor's Office)


    This article is part of a series on Mayor de Blasio's first term record as he seeks reelection this fall, in partnership with WNYC radio and City Limits. Find all pieces of the series here.

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  • De Blasio's Record on Budgeting and Fiscal Health

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    De Blasio during a budget presentation (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    This article is part of a series on Mayor de Blasio's first term record as he seeks reelection this fall, in partnership with WNYC radio and City Limits. Find all pieces of the series here.

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Resetting the Mayoral Race after the Final Debate

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


    November 3, 2017 - Max & Murphy: Resetting the Mayoral Race after the Final Debate

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    After the second and final mayoral debate among Bill de Blasio, Nicole Malliotakis and Bo Dietl, Max & Murphy break down the debate and the status of the race, while discussing what has made it a lackluster campaign season and what could have

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  • New York’s Con Con Ballot is Biased

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    When New Yorkers vote on Nov. 7 on whether to call a state constitutional convention, the question they will see on the ballot is: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” This ballot text is the only form of convention related media that every voter will see immediately before voting—and when many voters are most impressionable.

    Unfortunately, this seemingly innocuous question is highly biased because it doesn’t specify whether it refers to the federal or New York state constitution. Close to 100% of

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