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GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT ON CAMPAIGN 2001: DISTRICT 33

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Searchlight on Campaign 2001 is a guide to the political races in what many are calling New York City's most significant campaign season in modern history.

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For the first time in memory, most political offices in the city will be wide open to people who have neither money nor connections.

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There are two reasons. This year, a new law goes into effect that limits the terms of New York City elected officials, forcing the mass retirement of most incumbents in the city - including the mayor, the comptroller, the public advocate, four of the five borough presidents, and 36 of the 51 members of the City Council. At the same time, a new campaign finance law kicks in, which allows any candidate who agrees to certain restrictions to collect four dollars of matching funds for every dollar they raise.

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General Election Results

x-David Yassky, Dem 15,889 - 75 percent
Craig A. Seeman, Ind 2,372 - 11 percent
Steven D. Cohn, Lib 1,294 - 6 percent
Kenneth Diamondstone, Wor 1,024 - 5 percent
Alfred T. Burkiewicz, Con 659 - 3 percent

Primary Election Results

David Yassky 6,816
Steven D. Cohn 4,810
Kenneth Diamondstone 2,371
David Reiss 1,652
(Official Vote Count from the Board of Elections)

Incumbent: Kenneth E. Fisher (can't run in 2001)

The Candidates:


Contributors to these candidates, according to the Campaign Finance Board:

Albert T. Burkiewicz has not filed
Contributors to Steven Cohn
Contributors to Kenneth Diamondstone
Contributors to David Reiss
Contributors to Craig Seeman
Contributors to David Yassky

City's Official Primary Election Voter Guide for Residents of District 33


Campaign Feature:
[Campaign Update]

The Brownstone Vote

Brooklyn Heights, with its brownstones and brick row houses, is one of the city's most elegant residential neighborhoods. It would seem to have little in common with nearby Greenpoint, where houses tend to sport siding and whose Manhattan Avenue shopping district teems with shops selling kielbasa, Polish books and assorted discount goods. But the neighborhoods share a council district and, according to the candidates hoping to represent it, a concern for environmental issues

So far, five candidates are running for the seat held by Kenneth Fisher, who hopes to be the next Brooklyn borough president. The strangely shaped district goes along Brooklyn's waterfront and encompasses all or parts of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Park Slope -- often lumped together as "Brownstone Brooklyn" -- as well as Williamsburg, with its large Hasidic and Hispanic communities, and Greenpoint. All of the candidates except Steven Cohn hail from relatively affluent Brownstown Brooklyn.

Area Profile
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Race:

  • White, non-Hispanic: 62%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Black, non-Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 4%

Median income: $43,434 (31st highest out of 51 districts)

Unemployment rate: 6%

For more information on this district -- its schools, its crime statistics and more -- click here.

Despite the district's diversity, a general concern for environmental issues is probably not surprising in an area that occupies a good chunk of waterfront, which could eventually become a park but is now home to garbage transfer stations. The 33rd also has been the scene of particularly rapid development in the last 10 years.

Steven Cohen, a Democratic state committeeman, said there "are tremendous environmental issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg," particularly the large amount of solid waste that is trucked through the area to be packaged into containers.

The other candidates echo that and cite other environmental concerns. Brooklyn Law School assistant professor David Yassky speaks of the "desire to reclaim the waterfront and have some public space," while Elizabeth Daly, a longtime activist, notes that traffic from downtown Brooklyn is spilling over onto neighborhood streets. "You need to do much better in terms of public transportation," she says.

With housing prices having risen rapidly in the last several years, that, too is on the agenda. David Reiss, who has worked on housing issues as a social worker and lawyer, believes in more subsidized housing.

Most of the candidates agree that the massive turnover in the council next January could create a body that will do more about these and other matters. Since the charter was reformed in 1989 to eliminate the Board of Estimate, the council has had "real power," Yassky says. "It just hasn't used it. There's been a culture of passivity."

"The thing that excites me is that there's a new government coming in," Cohn says, adding that, if the council can restructure itself to be more like a state legislature, it will be a "bigger player."

Some political handicappers are betting on Cohn to be the one who will serve in this new era of term limits, though he has not yet officially declared or filed with the Campaign Finance Board. The remaining candidates will split the Brownstone vote, the thinking goes, while Cohn could win election on the strength of his bases in Greenpoint and in Williamsburg, where he grew up.

Daly, though, says that Brownstone Brooklyn accounts for about 70 percent of the district and believes "there's eventually going to be some kind of weeding out process," among the Brownstone candidates. (For now, more seem to be sprouting up,with Park Slope lawyer Stephen Somerstein being mentioned as another possible candidate.)

As primary day approaches, Yassky says, one candidate will probably emerge as the Brownstone Brooklyn candidate to run against Cohn. Yassky is ahead in the money race. Daly touts her "good name recognition" and says voters are looking for someone "who has been out there fighting for them, who has the experience and knows the issues." Reiss concedes he is not well known but is planning to knock on doors in the hope that "direct contact with voters...will overcome" his relative obscurity and enable him to try to turn his ideas about "bread and butter urban issues" into reality.

Campaign Update:

As the primary draws closer, the race in district 33 has become a little bit less crowded but a lot richer.

Steven Cohn has become the top fund raiser among all council candidates participating in the campaign finance program. So far, Cohn has amassed $302,834 from 895 donors. Of these, 74 donations were of $1,000 or more and 24 donations were of $2,500.

Some of this money was collected by intermediaries, generally referred to as "bundlers." For example, Steve Adelsberg collected 16 donations totaling $9,000. Most of this money came from realty corporations or their employees.

Another 32 donations, primarily from teachers at P.S. 110 came through Anthony Pepe, principal at that school.

John Wren brought in eight donations for Cohn but they totaled $14,500. Wren is the chief executive officer of Omnicom Group, Inc., a Madison Ave. marketing and advertising firm.

Cohn, a leading member of the Brooklyn party organization, has been collecting endorsements as well, winning support from Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Edolphus Town and departing Councilmember Ken Fisher, who is a candidate for Brooklyn borough president.

Throughout the spring and summer, the local press and others said that, if Cohn, with his solid base in Greenpoint and Willamsburg, was to be defeated, the opposition would have to coalesce around a single candidate from the Brownstone part of the district. And in June one of the Brownstone candidates, Elizabeth Daly of Boerum Hill, dropped out, saying the race was tearing the community apart. Shortly before her withdrawal, the Independent Neighborhood Democrats, a club that she heads, had endorsed David Yassky.

With primary day nearing, three Brownstone candidates remain in the race. Many see Yassky as the leader. He is ahead in fundraising. His $80,832 from 375 contributors is almost twice what Diamondstone has collected from 287 donors and more than three times what Reiss has raised. Diamondstone says the difference is insignificant, though, since with matching funds at least three of the four candidates will have the maximum $137,500 they can spend in the primary.

While several articles, including a recent report in New York magazine, have touted Yassky, Diamondstone believes he is making gains, having won endorsements from a range of organizations as well as Rep. Major Owns. A member of the executive board of Lambda Independent Democrats, he has won that group's endorsement.

Diamondstone says he is campaigning on his record in the community. "I have done endless things that have changed peoples lives. I have cooked with my own hands meals for AID victims," he says. "I am running as a candidate who is effective and who says thing other people won't say." For example, he says, he ran against Rep. Ed Towns in 1998 to protest Towns' acceptance of donations from tobacco companies. And he will soon spent $10,000 on a mailing attacking Cohn's record.

If Diamondstone loses on primary day, he plans to continue his campaign, running as the Working Families Party candidate in November. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will face Green Party candidate Craig Seeman and Conservative Alfred T. Burkiewicz in November. A Greenpoint neighborhood activist, Burkiewicz also sought the Republican line, but was knocked off it by the Board of Elections.

Brooklyn Heights realtor Rosemarie Markgraf had tried to run as a Republican too. But, she says, "I didn't have enough signatures to be on the ballot."

Posted 08/17/01


Candidate Biographies

Alfred T. Burkiewicz has been a civic activist in Greenpoint. He ran unsuccessfully for State Senate as the Conservative Party candidate in 1992.

Steven Cohn, a native of Williamsburg, is an attorney. A Democratic state committeeman for almost 20 years, he is executive secretary of the Kings County Democratic Party and former president of the Brooklyn Bar Association. He served as counsel to current councilmember Ken Fisher and has done pro bono work for a number of community groups and elected officials, including Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden.

Kenneth Diamondstone is a member of Community Board 2 and chairs the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board. A self-employed housing developer, he helped create 105 units of senior housing in Brooklyn. He is a member of the Lambda Independent Democrats and the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats.

Rosemarie Markgraf has been a real estate broker, trucking company owner and building manager. She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1998.

David Reiss, a former social worker, is an attorney with a large Manhattan law firm. A resident of Park Slope, he has done volunteer legal work for a number of organizations, particularly on real estate matters and on issues relating to senior citizens and serves as counsel to a number of businesses owned by women or members of minority groups.

Craig Seeman is a community activist, Green Party State Chair, and Green Party State Committeeman for the 52nd Assembly District. In 1994, he became the first Green Party candidate in the state when he ran unsuccessfully for State Assembly. Seeman has been a member of the parks committee for Community Board 2 and ran for State Assembly in 1997. He cofounder the Brooklyn Greenback Project to support small local businesses. He works in television and lives in Brooklyn Heights.

David Yassky is a professor at Brooklyn Law School. Working under Rep. Chuck Schumer, he served as Chief Counsel to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime and was also formerly with the New York City Office of Management and Budget.


Campaign Trail

9/9/01
The four candidates in the Democratic primary district 33 in Brooklyn, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and parts of Park Slope, see themselves as running in vastly different races in vastly different territories. In this race, each neighborhood requires a different political strategy. One candidate, Steve Cohn, has raised more money than any City Council candidate in the city: $311,000, with an additional $73,590 in public matching money. Mr. Cohn's fund-raising and his close relationship with the Democratic organization have made him a target of intense criticism by his opponents, who include Kenneth Diamondstone, David Reiss, and David Yassky. The candidates embrace similar issues, particularly on the need to generate new spending for building new schools and the need to develop more park space throughout the district. (New York Times)

8/30/01
New York Times endorsement:
"33rd District (Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, Greenpoint): David Yassky, a professor at Brooklyn Law School, was Charles Schumer's firepower when Mr. Schumer, now senator, was in the House of Representatives. He helped create the Brady bill and the Violence Against Women Act and helped get more than 6,000 new police officers on the streets of New York City. Mr. Yassky has an uphill battle against the Democratic organization's candidate, Steven Cohn. Mr. Cohn, a lawyer, has a long record of community activity, but he harks back to the city's old political patronage era rather than forward to something better. We enthusiastically endorse David Yassky."

8/20/01
Michael Tomasky, columnist for New York magazine, highlights the District 33 race "because nowhere in the city is there so stark a choice as here, with an excellent candidate facing uphill odds against a troubling one." In Tomasky's view, Yassky is the excellent candidate primarily because of his accomplishments as former chief counsel to the House of Representatives subcommittee on crime. The troubling candidate, again in Tomasky's opinion, is Cohn, whose law firm, Tomasky says, "was the biggest single recipient of judicial patronage in Brooklyn." (New York Magazine)

8/15/01
Steven Cohn, a longtime political insider, has raised $303,000 for his campaign for the Council seat from the 33rd District, far more money than any other council candidate in the city. According to the Voice, the money comes "from the landlords and nursing-home owners he has long represented, his associates in the legal industry, and the businessmen who have always clustered around the Brooklyn Democratic party machine." Throughout his career, Cohn's law firm has received hundreds of thousands of dollars as judges awarded him dozens of court appointments as guardian, receiver or referee. (Village Voice)

7/30/01
The two apparent frontrunners in District 33, David Yassky and Steven Cohn, are each challenging the other's fundraising practices. Yassky charges that Cohn is spending more than allowed for candidates collecting matching funds under the city's campaign finance law. Meanwhile the Brooklyn Democratic organization, which is backing Cohn, argued that services donated to Yassky by the Brennan Center for Justice should be considered an in-kind contribution to Yassky's campaign. The Campaign Finance Board rejected that claim. The Brennan Center had challenged a party rule restricting who could collect signature on petitions to get candidates on the ballot. The rule has been dropped. (Brooklyn Papers)

7/16/01
Steven Cohn is still generally perceived to be the frontrunner in the race for the 33rd District Council seat. He has a large lead in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint part of the district, particularly in Hasidic areas, and has racked up a number of key endorsements. But the three other candidates are presenting strong challenges. (Park Slope Courier)

7/2/01
Steven Cohn urged his opponents in the 33rd District not to challenge each other's petitions to get on the ballot. Cohn said he was making the proposal to advance good government, But some observers said that since his opponents will all draw from the Brownstone part of the District it was to his advantage if that vote was split among two or even three candidates. (Courier-Life Newspapers as reprinted by Lambda Independent Democrats)

6/11/01
Democratic District Leader Liz Daley dropped out of the council race, saying it was tearing the community apart. She did not endorse any of the remaining candidates, and it was unclear who would benefit from her withdrawal. Three candidates are jockeying to emerge as the main opponent to lawyer Steve Cohn, who is widely perceived to be the frontrunner. (Courier-Life Newspapers)

5/30/01
City Council candidate David Yassky is the lead plaintiff in a law suit brought by the Brennan Center for Justice challenging a rule that would place restrictions on workers carrying petitions. The rule, adopted by the Brooklyn Democratic organization, would require that workers collecting signatures live in the same district where the candidate for whom they are working is running. Yassky charges that the rule would be to give an unfair advantage to candidates such as Steve Cohn, a party insider who is also running in the 33rd District. The Brooklyn rule is nearly identical to a state election law declared unconstitutional last year in federal circuit court, and so party official say it will not be enforced this year, but justice center officials are dubious. (Daily News)

5/11/01
Several lawyers are either candidates themselves or managing the campaigns of other candidates in Brooklyn's 33rd District, which includes the Brooklyn courthouse area. (New York Law Journal)

4/16/01
When seven candidates for City Council district 33 came together at a recent forum, it was the Green Party candidate, Craig Seeman, that received the most applause. "What we need to do is change the City Charter so that people from the community select the people on the community board," said Seeman. Currently the community board members are selected by Borough President in consultation with City Council leaders. (Brooklyn Heights Courier)

4/4/01
There are six candidates vying for City Council from a northwestern Brooklyn district that stretches from Park Slope to Greenpoint via Brooklyn Heights. But the race in the 33rd district clearly centers on one candidate: veteran Democratic district leader and former Brooklyn Bar Association president Steven Cohn. (Daily News)

03/22/01
Despite recent actions by the State legislature, a number of legal steps remain that can reduce gun violence, City Council candidate David Yassky and Michael Alcamo say in an opinion piece. Among other measures, they call for rewarding gun manufacturers who sign a code of conduct to prevent gun trafficking; holding gun dealers responsible for some crimes committed with guns they sold; better coordinating interstate efforts to fight gun trafficking; and banning guns that do not meet minimal safety requirements. (Daily News)

03/19/01
Craig Seeman, chair of the New York State Green Party, has announced his candidacy for the council seat from District 33. Seeman says the Greens believe that this is the council race where the party has the best chance of doing well. (Courier-Life Newspapers)

2/16/01
An opinion piece cowritten by City Council candidate David Yassky argues that the city's Loft Law should be extended to protect tenants in revitalized industrial areas of Brooklyn. (Daily News)

1/29/01
Many insiders think that, even though he has not declared, Steven Cohn holds the edge in the race to represent District 33. Cohn has a strong hold on Williamsburg and should have little difficulty raising money., For now, though, David Yassky leads in the campaign fund raising race. (Park Slope Courier)

 

Districts of the Week

District 1 -- Lower Manhattan
Whoever wins the election in district 1 will represent immigrant Chinese garment workers, as well as Wall Street traders living in Battery Park City. There are several candidates hoping to be the council's firsts -- the first Asian-American man, the first Asian-American woman, the first gay Rhodes Scholar, the first dot-com guru -- running against some politically well connected opponents. Endorsements and fundraising will play a big role in this race. But voter turnout could be the main determinant of who will next represent district 1 on the council. The key question is how many voters from each community will come out on Election Day.

District 7 -- Washington Heights, Manhattan
The northern tip of Manhattan has become one of the most popular places for new immigrants to call home. The northern tip of Manhattan is a place that today's new immigrants call home. The majority have come from the Dominican Republic, but also from countries in South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. But it is not just new immigrants that are moving in. Students, artists, and other Manhattanites looking for less expensive rents and larger apartments have also moved north. Ten Democratic candidates are competing for the 15,000 voters expected on primary day. The winner who emerges from a crowded field of candidates will have to balance the needs of the newcomers with those who have lived there for years.

District 16 -- Highbridge, Bronx
The neighborhoods of district 16 are the city's poorest, with the highest rate of unemployment and the lowest median household income. But those who live there also point out that much is positive and stable about the area, thanks in large part to local organizations, not-for-profit agencies, and houses of worship that help hold the neighborhoods together. Each candidate for City Council believes that through his or her connections to churches and local organizations, they can help empower the community toward a better life. Helen Foster, the current council member daughter, will face Michael Benjamin, who has worked as an aide to several government officials and Anthony Curry, a Bronx neighborhood activist.

District 20 -- Northeast Flushing, Queens
This year district 20 may elect the first Asian-American ever to the City Council to an area which now has the second highest number of immigrants from Korea and Taiwan in the city. There are three Asian candidates in the Democratic race who have each drawn big endorsements. Council Speaker Peter Vallone endorsed Terence Park, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi endorsed John Liu, and the New York Times recently endorsed Ethel Chen The campaign has also drawn national and international press coverage

District 25 -- Jackson Heights, Queens
Thirty-seventh Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens is one of the most diverse streets in the world. Little India quickly blends into Little Colombia, with vendors selling Latin American food to Colombians, Peruvians, Ecuadorians, Mexicans, and Uruguayans. And each summer, the Queens Pride Parade fills the same street with rainbow banners. So it is no surprise that this election year the district produced a diverse field of candidates. A number of them, however, found out that getting on the ballot is not an easy task, especially when the Queens Democratic organization sends teams of lawyers to challenge petitions. But five Democratic candidates survived and will face off on September 11.

District 31 -- South East Queens
When a heavy rain hits southeast Queens, many residents in neighborhoods like Springfield Gardens, Laurelton and Rosedale head to the basement with a bucket in hand. And it has been that way for the last 50 years. In the rush to build housing in the area after World War II, developers overlooked the need for storm drains in hopes that the city would eventually build a city-wide sewer system. The plan never materialized and the area has experienced "100-year rains" three times in the last decade. The eight Democrats -- all with little experience overseeing massive infrastructure projects--will try to convince voters that they can finally solve the flooding problems.

District 35 -- Central Brooklyn
The residents in council district 35 have some of the highest incomes in Brooklyn and some of the lowest. They can play in a famous park and a beautiful botanical garden, and live in the city's most crumbling public housing. They can attend one of the four institutions of higher learning in the district, and the worst-scoring high schools in the city. Such juxtapositions are a way of life for a district that includes the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens; mid dle-class African-American communities near Prospect Park; immigrant communities from Haiti, Sierra Leon, Nigeria, and Trinidad, and in Crown Heights, a mix of Hasidic Jews and African-Americans. Seven Democratic candidates are campaigning in hopes that they can bring some kind of unity, and attention, to the area. Their backgrounds are as diverse as the neighborhoods themselves.

District 39 -- Park Slope/Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
The candidates in district 39 include a chief of staff for an Assemblywoman, the husband of a member of U.S. Congress, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, an attorney and president of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, the district manager of Community Board 6, and a labor organizer. This is the race to watch this year. The group of high-profile Democrats have raised a lot of money, almost $1.4 million combined.

District 45 -- East Flatbush
In no place in the city are the effects of campaign finance reform and term limits being felt more than in East Flatbush. The seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent this largely West Indian district come from a number of Caribbean nations. Many have been working on politicians' staffs and serving with community groups, clearly hoping someday to win their own elected office. Term limits has presented them with that opportunity, and they want to make the most of it. But this race that usually draws only about 8,000 voters could be decided by just a few votes. The candidates are attempting to come up with anything that will separate them from the pack.

District 49 -- North Shore, Staten Island
Staten Island has always been somewhat of a suburban stepchild to New York City. When a 1998 survey asked New Yorkers why they go to Staten Island, the top two responses were ''visiting friends and relatives" and ''passing through.'' But in many ways, the north shore has more in common with areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn than with the rest of the Staten Island. The top priority for all the candidates -- Jon Del Giorno, an administrative manager for the Board of Elections, Mike McMahon, an attorney and counsel to current Councilmember Jerome O'Donovan, and Debi Rose, an administrator at the College of Staten Island and the first African-American candidate in Staten Island politics -- is to make sure that the island becomes more than just a turn-around-point for the over one million tourists who ride the free ferry from Manhattan each year.


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Political consultants
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Media
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John Tierney
Michael Tomasky

Political parties
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Political clubs and groups
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Abbreviations for Party Affiliation

American Dream Party (AMD)
Better Schools Party (BES)
Communist (Com)
Conservative (Con)
Constitution (CST)
Democratic (Dem)
Friends United Party (FUN)
Fusion Party (FUS)
Green (Gre)
Harmony Party (HAR)
Independence (Ind)
Liberal (Lib)
Libertarian (LBT)
Marijuana Reform Party (POT)
Natural Law Party (NLP)
Party of Ethics and Traditions (PET)
Reform Party (Ref)
Republican (Rep)
Right to Life (RTL)
School Choice Party (Sch)
Socialist Workers Party (SWP)
Working Families (Wor)


2001 Election Calendar

June 1 -- Deadline for candidates to join the Campaign Finance program, qualifying for the four-to-one match of contributions.
June 5 - First day for candidates from the eight major parties (Democratic, Republican, Indpendence, Conservative, Liberal, Green, Working Families, and Right to Life) to circulate petitions. Candidates running for City Council must collect the signatures of at least 900 people living in the district for which they are running in order to appear on the Primary ballot. Candidates not running under these eight major parties do not appear on the Primary ballot and have a separate set of deadlines.
July 12 - Deadline for major party candidates to file petitions.
July 10 - First day for unaffiliated candidates to circulate petitions, in order to appear on the ballot in the General Election. They must collect the number of signatures equal to five percent of the total enrolled in that party.
August 7 - Board of Elections announces candidates appearing on the Primary ballot.
August 17 - Last day for non-absentee voters to register to vote in the Primary Election.
August 21 - Deadline for non-major party candidates to file petitions to be included on the General Election ballot.
September 4 - Last day to postmark application for absentee voting in the Primary
September 10 - Last day to personally deliver application for absentee voting in the Primary Last day to postmark absentee ballot for Primary
September 11 - Primary election; Polls open at 6:00a.m. and close at 9:00p.m.; Absentee ballots must be hand-delivered by 9:00 p.m.
September 25 - Runoff Primary election for Mayor, Comptroller and Public Advocate, if needed
October 12 - Last day to for non-absentee voters to register to vote in the General Election
October 30 - Last day to postmark application for absentee voting in the General Election
November 5 - Last day to hand-deliver an application for absentee voting, or to postmark an absentee ballot for the General Election.
November 6 - General Election; polls open at 6:00a.m. and close at 9:00p.m. in NYC; Absentee ballots must be hand-delivered by 9:00 p.m.

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