District 47 Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Gravesend, Bensonhurst
GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT ON CAMPAIGN 2001: DISTRICT 47

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General Election Results

x-Domenic M. Recchia, Dem 11,531 - 52 percent
Oleg Gutnik, Rep 9,503 - 43 percent
Joseph K. Hochhauser, Ind 647 - 3 percent
Pat Singer, Lib 405 - 2 percent
Cyntha Sanchez, Gre 270 - 1 percent

Primary Election Results

Democratic
Domenic M. Recchia 4,509
Susan Lasher 2,999
Alec Brook-Krasny 2,100
Pat Singer 1,620
Inna Stavitsky 1,048
Joseph K. Hochhauser 678

Republican
Oleg Gutnik 653
Joseph A. Amato 626

Incumbent: Howard L. Lasher (can't run in 2001)

The Candidates:

  • Oleg Gutnick (Rep/Con)
  • Joseph Hochhauser (Ind/Wor)
  • Dominic Recchia Jr. (Dem)
  • Cynthia Sanchez (Gre)
  • Pat Singer (Lib)

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


Joseph Amato has not filed
Alec Brook-Krasny has not filed
Contributors to Oleg Gutnick
Contributors to Joseph Hochhauser
Contributors to Susan Lasher
Contributors to Domenic Recchia Jr.
Contributors to Pat Singer
Contributors to Cynthia Sanchez
Contributors to Inna Stavitsky

City's Official Primary Election Voter Guide for Residents of District 47

Campaign Tangle:
Brian Gotlieb, Alfreida Davis, and Cynthia Sanchez have all been knocked off the ballot for the Democratic primary. Sanchez will run as a Green party candidate. Inna Stavitsky was removed from the ballot, then was reinstated after her appeal. See the Campaign Update for more details. Posted 8/29/01


Campaign Feature:
[Campaign Update]

Political Steeplechase

For Coney Island and Brighton Beach, which make up much of the 47th Council district, the last 150 years have resembled a ride on the area's famed Cyclone roller coaster --- complete with breathtaking highs and stomach-churning descents.

The Brooklyn shore once played host to hotels, horse races and famous, if occasionally tawdry, guests. Elegant art deco apartment buildings graced Brighton Beach, while its western neighbor boasted world famous attractions and legendary crowds. But in the 1940s, businesses began to shut as families went to Jones Beach and other less crowded summer havens, and the city discouraged commercial amusements. Large housing projects erected in the 1950s and 1960s brought poor African-Americans and Hispanics to a neighborhood where jobs were scarce and the commute to Manhattan long.

Area Profile
For a detailed profile of this district from City Project, click here.

Race:

  • White 57%
  • Black 18%
  • Hispanic 18%
  • Asian 7%

Median income: $33,843 (ranks 40th out of 51)

Unemployment rate: 10%

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

In the 1970s, change came again, as the then Soviet Union eased emigration restrictions and tens of thousands of its citizens, many from Ukraine, found their way to Brighton Beach where they could live by the ocean. Today, the 47th District is home to America's largest concentration of Russians, who have turned Brighton Beach Avenue into a thriving shopping district where English is barely heard and stores sell seemingly infinite varieties of pickled vegetables and smoked fish.

Much of Coney Island remains bleak -- the shabby shopping stalls along Surf Avenue and the vast housing projects seen in Spike Lee's "He Got Game." But local business leaders hope that the new stadium built for the New York Mets minor league Cyclones baseball team will help the area regain a bit of its former glory.

Meanwhile other parts of the district -- the largely Italian communities of Gravesend and some sections of Bensonhurst and private, gated Sea Gate -- have escaped many of the gyrations of their neighbors.

Despite its diversity, the 47th District looked to be one of the few in the city with a term limited councilmember that would not see a heated political campaign in 2001. Democratic District Leader Marsha Rapaport was running and appeared to have a lock on the seat.

Then Rapaport died last fall, turning the somnolent race into one of the city's most hotly contested and confusing contests -- a campaign where no one seems to know who is running or who will vote. "It's a horse race," agrees Pat Singer, one of the candidates, "but I grew up next to Belmont, so I like horse races."

Rapaport's death enticed a number of candidates to enter the race, including Susan Lasher, wife of the incumbent councilmember, who says she never would have considered running while Rapaport was alive.

Most observers see the district as four pieces: Brighton Beach with its largely immigrant population; the so-called high rises, the Mitchell Lama developments at the east end of Coney Island; lower-income Coney Island; and the northern part, Gravesend and part of Bensonhurst.

As many as four candidates -- Singer, Alec Brook-Krasny, Inna Stavitsky and Oleg Gutnick -- are vying for the Brighton Beach vote. All but Singer, who founded the Brighton Neighborhood Association, are Russian, leading to speculation that the 47th District, where about 30 percent of the population is believed to be Russian speaking, could elect a Russian.

But U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represents part of the district, says Russians may not vote in large number. So far, he has said, there hasn't been "the increases in turnout that we really should be seeing."

Stavitsky says that is changing and adds, "Last year's election showed a surge in participation."

Most of the Russians who came in the 1970s were Republicans, owing partly to the popularity of President Ronald Reagan, whom they credited with helping bring down the Soviet Union and encouraging Russian immigration. But, according to Stavitsky, who is a Democrat, more recent immigrants tend to be Democrats because "people understand the Democratic line is much closer to the needs of immigrants."

If he runs, Gutnick, a prominent doctor, will be on the Republican line; the other candidates are all Democrats in what has been an overwhelmingly Democratic district.

Most of the remaining candidates come from Coney Island or the high rises, with only one, lawyer and community school board member Domenic Recchia Jr., from the north part of the district. Because of that, he says, "the crowded field helps me out."

Susan Lasher says many candidates will find it hard to even get on the ballot. "You need a lot of expertise to know how to do petitions," she says -- experience that she says she gained running her husband's petition drives.

Lasher, who says she is seeking to "continue the Lasher legacy," believes her husband's record as an assemblyman and council member will boost her candidacy.

In a campaign which seems to have few, if any, overwhelming issues, though, some of her opponents say change is needed to bring more services to the district.

"People have not received services around here," Recchia says. "People are out there crying for help." The race, says candidate Joseph Hocchauser, "is about being represented by someone who can understand where people are coming from." And Stavitsky says the City Council has not understood the needs of immigrants, not only of Russians but of the growing numbers of Turks and Pakistanis in the community as well. Gotlieb, an aide to Weiner, says he would stress constituent services and model his office on that of his boss, who used to be on the council. "A lot of things can be done to get the people the services they need," says Gotlieb. "That can be done by getting a city councilmember who works full time on the needs of the district."

"If people say they think it's an under-served community," Susan Lasher counters, "everybody in the city of New York will say that. You always want more." But, she says, in the last years crime has gone down, and drugs and prostitution, while still problems, pose less of a threat to the quality of life in the area than they once did.

Immigrant concerns score high in the 47th. Stavitsky, for example, cites a lack of interpreters in hospitals and police stations, along with a need for English as a second language classes and bilingual programs.

But the 47th ranks second in the city in the number of people 65 or older, raising another set of issues. For example, Lasher cited the "unidentified senior who is in an apartment and who is at risk and people just don't know about."

While seeing a demand for senior services, the candidates also cite a need to keep and attract younger people to the area by improving schools and providing affordable housing. "I want to stop the migration out" of the community, Singer says.

Gotlieb lists education as one of his key concerns and says that as a community school board member he's focused on child safety. After all, he says, "you're not going to worry about learning the math table if you're worried that a gang is going to jump you."

In talking of attracting younger people, some of the candidates hark back to the area's glory days. One, Hocchauser, a political novice, recalled being taken to the beach or amusement park as a child. It's time, he wrote, "that families who travel to New York say, 'let's go see a ball game and ride the Cyclone."

And he might add, toss down vodka shots amid the glitz of a Russian nightclub in Brighton Beach.

posted 4/19/01

Campaign Update:

The district 47 race has taken several more twists and turns as the candidates have issued challenges to each others' petitions.

Domenic Recchia Jr. has the endorsement of the Brooklyn Democratic organization, and has raised over $116,000, nearly twice as much as his closest competitor Susan Lasher, who has raised $59,000.

Not content at his lead, Recchia Jr. challenged the signatures of two Coney Island activists, Alfreida Davis and Cynthia Sanchez. Sanchez said she is not surprised by the challenge. "The people in power do not want real representation and would rather just sit back and do nothing," said Sanchez, who will still be running as a candidate for the Green party.

Sanchez said she will continue to campaign on housing rights as well as the environment. "This is a small island, and it should remain residential, quiet, and not crowded with industrial warehouses and businesses," said Sanchez.

Davis, who said she may appeal the Board of Elections ruling on her petitions, said housing, childcare and economic development are some of her top priorities, if she can continue to run. "I will mandate a law through the council that would require these [public] houses to be used as community centers because if the youth have nothing to do and they are hanging out on the street, they turn to negative behavior."

The two Democratic Russian candidates, Inna Stavitsky and Alec Brook-Krasny, were involved in a series of challenges and appeals. Brook-Krasny said Stavitsky's petitions "had massive problems and it's not only unregistered people, but a lot of doubles and some triples." Stavitsky was removed from the ballot, but was then put back on after she appealed the ruling. "He claimed the whole community who participated in helping me get these petitions signed are frauds," said Stavitsky, who admitted there were mi stakes in her petitions, but said it was not uncommon for voters from an immigrant community to be confused about the election rules.

The third Russian candidate, Oleg Gutnick, is running as a Republican. Gutnick, a local doctor, was recently appointed by Governor Pataki as coordinator of the newly formed Citizenship Unit for Brooklyn, an organization that will reach out to eligible resident aliens to help them with the paperwork involved in order to become American citizens.

Gutnick, who will face Joseph Amato in a Republican primary, said one of his first acts as an American citizen was to join the Republican party. "Back in the USSR, when I heard how the Soviet government was denouncing Ronald Reagan, I knew there was something special about him," said Gutnick. "I was a Reaganite before I was even American."

Posted 8/29/01


Candidate Biographies

Alex Brook-Krasny, founder of Fun-O- Rama in Coney Island, a children's entertainment center in Coney Island, was born in Moscow and emigrated to New York in 1989. Since, he has worked in various private businesses, including a manager and accountant for a Heating Oil Company. In 2000, he was elected treasurer of Community Board 13 and is group chair of a political committee on the Jewish Community Relations Council. He was a candidate for the New York State Assembly last year. He graduated Moscow Institute of Technology for engineering and economics.

Alfreida Davis, founding president of Kiwanis Club of Mermaid Commons, is a community activist in Coney Island. She has worked as a counselor and teacher in the public schools in the area, and as a consultant and project developer for various local organizations. As a project developer she helped organize the Carey Gardens Boys/Girls Club to Coney Island and fought to keep Coney Island Hospital a public hospital. She graduated from Pace University.

Oleg Gutnick, a gynecologist with a private practice in Brooklyn, emigrated to the U.S. from Kazakhstan, a former Russian Republic. He is a member of the board of the Brooklyn Public Library, where he worked with library officials to secure a $5 million gift from Microsoft to connect Brooklyn libraries to the internet. He also served on his local Community Board.

Joseph Hochhauser was born and raised in Brooklyn and works for Verizon. He served as a Union Steward for CWA Local 1105. He is currently studying criminal justice at St. John's University. He is a member of the Democratic Leaders of the 21st Century, the Surfside Democratic Club, the 504 Democratic Club, and the Communications Workers of America.

Susan Lasher is the wife of incumbent Councilmember Howard Lasher. She has worked as a stockbroker, in publishing and in other businesses, as well as for her husband's law firm. She has also worked as an interpreter in Hebrew and Yiddish. She attended Brooklyn College and received her Bachelor's degree in political science and comparative politics.

Domenic Recchia Jr. is a lawyer and member of Community School Board 21, where he helped put together an international student exchange program. During high school Recchia was a member of Council for Unity, an organization devoted to creating cultural and racial understanding among students, now he hopes to transform the Council into a movement. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his Juris Doctor degree from Atlanta Law School.

Pat Singer has been a community activist for 25 years and is executive director of the Brighton Neighborhood Association. She initiated the summer school program, Second Chance Summer School and has introduced after school programs in Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Singer introduced two state legislative bills concerned with tenants' rights, with the help of then Assemblymen Chuck Schumer and former State Senator Donald Halperin. Singer has been recognized by the Congressional Record for her community work

Cynthia Sanchez is co-founder and co-chair of the Coney Island Volunteer Information Cooperative, an organization that strives to create awareness in community residents. She has represented community residents in the housing court and as a former nurse has protested unfair healthcare coverage for the poor. As a member of the Coney Island Hospital Advisory Board she advocates for better medical services for uninsured patients. She has brought attention to environmental issues as well such as the hazards of despoiling the oceanfront. Sanchez's organization assisted in the creation of the new Keyspan Stadium in Coney Island.

Inna Stavitsky, who was born in Moscow, is project director of the Jewish Association of Social Services for the Aged's Brooklyn Refugee Center. She also teaches English at Kingsborough Community College.


Campaign Trail

8/30/01
New York Times endorsement:
"47th District (Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend): Susan Lasher, the wife of the outgoing Council member, is running to continue "the Lasher legacy." Although Mrs. Lasher has an appealing personality, this diverse district needs to be represented by someone with a broader vision. Domenic Recchia, an attorney and school board member, is well versed in education issues but he seems too focused on the neighborhoods where he has his political base. Alec Brook-Krasny, who immigrated from Moscow in 1989, is less politically sophisticated but he appears to be genuinely committed to reaching out to all the neighborhoods in the district. His election would also give the city's Russian-American community a much-needed connection to city affairs. We endorse Alec Brook- Krasny."

07/23/01
Brian Gotlieb has dropped out of the Coney Island Council race, reducing the crowded Democratic field to nine candidates, and giving a boost to attorney Domenic Recchia. Gotlieb said that he was leaving the race to pursue a new position with Rep. Anthony Weiner, and to begin a new civic association in the shorefront high rises. Gotlieb, who had served as Weiner's deputy chief of staff, will now be the director of senior and youth initiatives. "When it came down to it, I looked at the opportunity for working on the legislative end and felt that I would be more effective and create a more positive change for the people in the community," said Gotlieb of his new post. Insiders expect much of Gotlieb's support to fall to Recchia, who serves with Gotlieb on School Board 21. (Courier Life)

06/25/01
Last week's item on the Coney Island Council race failed to mention the one candidate, Domenic Recchia, who appears to be building the most institutional support. Recchia, who has the backing of Borough President Howard Golden and Assemblymembers Adele Cohen and William Colton, most recently picked up the endorsement of the Council of Supervisors and Administrators, otherwise known as the principal's union. "I look forward to working with them," he said. "I'll fight to get them a better contract. It's going to be a wonderful endorsement, since there's a lot of supervisors that live in the councilmanic district." Other candidates in the race include Alec Brook-Krasny, Alfie Davis, Brian Gotlieb, Oleg Gutnik, Joseph Hochhauser, Susan Lasher, Joel Michaels, Cynthia Sanchez, Pat Singer and Inna Stavitsky. (Courier Life)

04/1/01
Gov. Pataki has made a Sheepshead Bay physician his Brooklyn point man in an effort to help thousands of undocumented immigrants who can still become citizens if they act by the end of the month. Pataki named Dr. Oleg Gutnick, a native of Kazakhstan in the former USSR, coordinator of the newly formed Citizenship Unit for Brooklyn, which will reach out to eligible resident aliens and help them navigate the maze of paperwork involved. (Daily News).

3/21/01
Susan Lasher is one of the candidates in a crowded contest for her husband Howard's City Council seat. Daily News

3/20/01
Coney Island business owners hope the new stadium for Brooklyn's minor league baseball team, the Cyclones, will revive the area's once thriving amusement area. Daily News

3/11/01
Add Susan Lasher to the list of family members seeking City Council seats held by mothers, fathers and now husbands. Lasher wants to succeed her term-limited husband, Howard Lasher, in district 47 in Brooklyn, which covers Brighton Beach, Coney Island and part of Midwood. Other candidates for the seat: Alex Brook-Krasny, the Russian-born operator of Funorama, school board members Brian Gottlieb (who is an aide to Congressman Anthony Weiner) and Domenic Recchia, veteran Brighton civic leader Pat Singer, and Inna Stavitsky, who works for a Jewish social service agency. Daily News

2/19/01
Oleg Gutnick, a Sheepshead Bay gynecologist, will face steep odds getting elected as a Republican from the overwhelmingly Democratic 47th district. Courier-Life Newspapers, reprinted by Lambda Independent Democrats

2/2/01
Sitting in his Sheepshead Bay office beneath framed awards for community service and photos of himself with the mayor and the governor, Oleg Gutnick explained why he was running for New York City Council. "To be integrated, you have to be represented," said the polished 45-year-old gynecologist. "Without representation, there is no integration." (The Forward).

2/2/01
The Russian community is becoming increasingly politically aware and active, which could lead to the election of a Russian council member from the 47th district. The Forward

12/04/00
Susan Lasher denies that her husband, Councilmember Howard Lasher, will step down early to give her a better chance at winning his seat. Courier-Life Newspapers, reprinted by Lambda Independent Democrats

11/07/00
Russian immigrants crowded around Brighton Neighborhood Improvement Association leader Pat Singer in a corner of a Dime Savings Bank branch as she gave a tutorial in voting. (Daily News).

08/20/00
An influx of Russian immigrants has revived Brighton Beach (Daily News).

01/24/00
Pat Singer, founder and executive director of the Brighton Neighborhood Association, speaks out about the abandoned one-family bungalow on Brighton Third Lane that has become a haven for drug use, prostitution and gang activity and now the site of one man's death. (Daily News).

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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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
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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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