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  • Mayoral Candidate Provides Brands and Logos for $5 Million In-Kind Campaign Contribution

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    A Michael Tolkin tradmarked brand


    Michael Tolkin, a 32-year-old entrepreneur and mayoral candidate who reported giving his own campaign a $5 million in-kind contribution – goods and services instead of cash – has provided an estimated breakdown of the highly unusual contribution’s components. Tolkin outlined what he is giving to his campaign on Tuesday, the same day he won approval from the city Board of Elections (BOE) to appear on the September 12 Democratic mayoral primary ballot.

    The in-kind donation

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  • Queens Council Primary Pits Assembly Member Versus Disgraced Former Rep

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    Francisco Moya (photo via Moya's Facebook)


    Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, City Council Member for District 21 in Queens and chair of the powerful finance committee, shook up city politics in June when she announced she would not be running for re-election. Now, with her seat up for grabs and several potential candidates removed from the ballot by the Board of Elections, there is a dramatic head-to-head Democratic primary matchup to fill the City Council seat.

    The contest is between State Assemblymember Francisco

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  • 20 Races to Watch in the 2017 City Election Cycle

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    City Council members & candidates (photo: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)


    The 2017 city elections are quickly approaching, with party primaries to be held September 12, followed by the general election on November 7. The offices up for election are the three citywide posts of mayor, comptroller, and public advocate; the five borough president positions; all 51 City Council seats; and two district attorneys (Manhattan and Brooklyn).

    The citywide positions all have Democratic incumbents seeking a second term: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: The Mayoral Race with Top Political Strategists

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


    July 31, 2017: Republican strategist Mollie Fullington and Democratic strategist Rebecca Katz join Max & Murphy to discuss the 2017 New York City mayoral race.

    max murphy katz fullingtonMollie Fullington used to work for Governor George Pataki and recently handled press and communications for mayoral candidate Paul Massey. Rebecca Katz, a partner at Hilltop

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  • Democratic Mayoral Candidates Talk 'Faith in New York'

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    De Blasio at the Faith in New York interview (photo: @FaithinNewYork)


    The four main Democratic mayoral candidates had a chance on Thursday to publicly show how far to the progressive left they are, appearing just over six weeks from primary day at a series of open discussions with Faith Over Fear Coalition, a citywide coalition of more than 90 congregations and more than 25 faith and justice groups, convened by Faith in New York, an advocacy organization that launched in 2013.

    Faith in New York (FINY), which describes itself as a

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  • Rare Green Party Primary in Brooklyn City Council Race

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    (Credit via @Jabari2017)


    Despite laying claim to less than one percent of party affiliated registered voters within New York City, the Green Party has two candidates competing in a rare primary this year.

    Candidates Jabari Brisport and Scott Hutchins are facing each other

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  • Republican Citywide Candidates Hopeful Despite Slow Fundraising

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    GOP Comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner


    Ahead of the citywide elections, Republican candidates for Comptroller and Public Advocate -- Michel Faulkner and J.C. Polanco, respectively -- have struggled to raise funds for their campaigns, trailing their respective opponents by large sums.

    With just over three months before Election Day, both Faulkner and Polanco need to significantly increase their fundraising prowess to run competitive races against Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James, both Democrats.

    Faulkner, a former New York Jet and

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  • For 2018, The Center Must Hold

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    Gov. Cuomo rallying to flip NY House seats (photo: NY Democratic Party)


    If the national Women’s March was any indication, we are in for a Democratic tidal wave come 2018. We’re only seven months into 2017, of course. But if such a wave does occur, then the Republican Party in Congress will only revert back to ideological extremes and obstructionism.

    Why? Because the seats up for grabs are largely the 50 seats held by moderate Tuesday Group caucus members. As their influence wanes, the influence of the Freedom Caucus and other extreme conservatives will

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Mayoral Candidate Bo Dietl

    Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, & Ben Max of Gotham Gazette


    Max & Murphy is a podcast focused on New York City politics and policy hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. Recent episodes of the podcast can be found here and can be dowloaded from iTunes and other podcast networks. The podcast began with a focus on housing in early 2016, but has expanded into other areas, now turning to the 2017 city

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  • Bo Dietl: Running City Government 'Isn't Rocket Science'

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    Bo Dietl at his office (photo: Ben Max)


    In his 50th floor corner office in Midtown, the characteristically brash private security CEO Bo Dietl made the case Monday morning for his outsider mayoral candidacy. Appearing on the Max & Murphy podcast, Dietl explained his brand, his political evolution from Republican to Democrat, and his independent candidacy for the city’s top job.

    A former NYPD detective who gained celebrity status and became a Fox News personality, Dietl is always ready to talk. “Everybody knows Bo Dietl, I have a brand,

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  • Cuomo’s Fundraising Gives Him Strong Footing Ahead of Second Reelection Bid

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    Gov. Cuomo (photo: The Governor's Office)


    Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign finance filings show he’s sitting on a considerable war chest as he heads into the final year of his second term.

    New York’s Democratic governor, up for re-election in Fall 2018, has $25.7 million in his campaign account, according to financial reports filed last week. And as he approaches the state election year,

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  • Malliotakis Outlines Developing Campaign Platform in Quest to Unseat De Blasio

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    Nicole Malliotakis, middle (photo via @NMalliotakis)


    State Assembly member and mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis discussed her campaign Friday with Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max and City Limits executive editor Jarrett Murphy for their Max & Murphy podcast.

    The 36-year-old Republican lawmaker, who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn, joined the race in late April and became the

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Republican Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotakis

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


    Max & Murphy is a podcast focused on New York City politics and policy hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. Recent episodes of the podcast can be found here and can be dowloaded from iTunes and other podcast networks. The podcast began with a focus on housing in early 2016, but

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  • Democratic Challengers Fire Away at De Blasio. Is Anybody Listening?

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    Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese (photo: @SalAlbaneseNYC)


    Mayor Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty in 2013 on a progressive platform deriding the “Tale of Two Cities” that had developed in New York. He identified an unsustainable level of income inequality and biased police department, and promised an activist government focused on creating more opportunity for all. In some respects, de Blasio has followed through. But the mayor has also dealt with criticism from various corners on what have been deemed the failures of his administration.

    As de Blasio

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  • Crowded Field Competes to Represent Manhattan City Council District

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    City Council Member Dan Garodnick (photo: @DanGarodnick)


    Due to term limits, popular City Council Member Dan Garodnick is not allowed to run for reelection this year, leading to a crowded field of competitors vying to replace him representing the politically active Manhattan district that includes East Midtown, Gramercy Park, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

    Ten candidates, mostly Democrats like Garodnick, competed in a debate at Waterside Plaza on June 22. The event, hosted by news publication Town & Village and

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  • Nicole Malliotakis on Trying to Become New York’s First Female Mayor

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    Assemblymember Malliotakis with Fearless Girl (via @NMalliotakis)


    In 2013, one storyline of the raucous and unpredictable Democratic mayoral primary was Christine Quinn’s bid to become the first woman elected Mayor of New York City. Then the City Council Speaker and the early frontrunner in the race, Quinn largely avoided talking about that history-making potential. Running as the continuity-with-change

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  • High Participation in Campaign Matching Funds, But Several Big Name Opt-Outs

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    Council Member Kallos (photo: City Council)


    As the September 12 primary elections approach and campaigns kick into high gear, a vast majority of candidates for the city’s elected offices will have their coffers bolstered by the Campaign Finance Board’s (CFB) public matching funds program, which matches eligible donations at a 6-to-1 ratio.

    Most candidates, but not all. According to data provided by the CFB, 14 of 51 incumbents this cycle are not participating in the program, which was created by the city in 1988 in part to allow

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  • Massey Drops from Mayoral Race, Clearing Path to GOP Nomination for Malliotakis

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    Massey & Malliotakis (photo via Crain's New York Business)


    In a move that sent shockwaves throughout the New York political world, Paul Massey, a real estate executive running for the Republican nomination for mayor, abruptly dropped out of the race just hours after a debate with his primary rival, Staten Island Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis. The move leaves Malliotakis as the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

    In a statement released to the press, Massey stated that his reason for dropping out was

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  • 8%! New Report Shows Shockingly Low Voter Turnout in NYC

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    A recent report by New York City’s Board of Elections details shockingly low voter turnout in the 2016 congressional and state primary elections. The new numbers come amid increased attention to New York’s suppressive voting laws but little action from state lawmakers who could implement reforms like early voting, same-day registration, automatic voter registration,

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Democratic Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese

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


    Max & Murphy is a podcast focused on New York City politics and policy hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. Past episodes of the podcast can be found here and can be dowloaded from iTunes and other podcast networks. The podcast began with a focus on housing in early 2016, but has expanded into other areas, now turning to the 2017 city elections, especially the race for Mayor. We've

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  • New Jersey is About to Elect a New Governor. Why It Matters to New York

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    Governors Cuomo and Christie (photo: Governor Cuomo's Office)


    After competitive primaries, the New Jersey gubernatorial race is now between Republican Kim Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy. As the candidates head toward November's Election Day, New Yorkers may want to pay attention to the race and how each major party candidate might affect New York if elected.

    Given the proximity and relationship between the two states, particularly in relation to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the fact that New York's workforce includes many

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  • Max & Murphy on Politics - Podcast

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


    Max & Murphy on Politics is a podcast hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. It began in 2016 focused on housing policy and politics when those issues were front and center to city and state politics and government, but it has expanded since. Now, in 2017, we are focused on the city election cycle, heading toward the September primary and November general elections. Find episodes through the links below, or find Max & Murphy wherever you get your podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher,

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  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Republican Mayoral Candidate Paul Massey

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


    Max & Murphy is a podcast focused on New York City politics and policy hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. Past episodes of the podcast can be found here and can be dowloaded from iTunes and other podcast networks. The podcast began with a focus on housing in early 2016, but has expanded into other areas, now turning to the 2017 city elections, especially the race for Mayor.

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  • With Subways in Crisis, It’s Showtime for Mayoral Candidates

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    (photo: The Governor's Office)


    Standing near a City Hall subway stop, Staten Island Assembly member and GOP mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis railed against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the city’s transit system and its state-controlled operator, the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

    At a podium set up just outside a 4 and 5 train entrance -- the same station that the mayor and his family emerged from for his inauguration on January 1, 2014 -- Malliotakis said last Friday that de Blasio has been ineffective and pledged that if she is elected

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  • Planning to Lure Democrats, Polanco Jumps Into Public Advocate Race

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    JC Polanco (screenshot via NY1)


     After receiving endorsements from several Republican clubs and organizations, J.C. Polanco, a Bronx native who is currently the New York City Regional Director for Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, officially jumped into the race for Public Advocate last week.

    “I had to travel the city and try to get enough support from my party to get the nomination,” Polanco said in an interview with Gotham Gazette. “Now I’m going to start moving from meeting party leaders, county leaders to talk with groups across the

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