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Council Countdown

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The City Council chambers (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)


Welcome to Council Countdown.

Gotham Gazette, City Limits, City & State, and The Queens Eagle are teaming up to cover the dozens of competitive New York City Council races that are part of the 2021 city election cycle heading toward June primaries and the fall general election. From late April into June, the four publications will report on more than 40 competitive City Council races to help voters know the dynamics of those elections and about the candidates running in them.

Almost all of the Council's 51 seats are held by Democrats, so the Democratic primary is often tantamount to the election in this heavily blue city, making Democratic voters' choice in June especially important. Many races have between five and twelve candidates running, large fields worthy of study and scrutiny, especially given that ranked-choice voting is being used for party primaries for the first time in New York City. All 51 Council seats are on the ballot this year, with roughly two-thirds of them "open" due to term limits. Some incumbents are facing tough reelection challenges.

See below for the stories in the Council Countdown series, updated as new pieces are published by the four outlets.


City Council District 3, Manhattan

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Race heats up to fill Corey Johnson’s council seat
by Nuha Dolby of City & State
5/21/2021


City Council District 5, Manhattan

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First-time candidates and government veterans face off for New York’s UES
by Annie McDonough of City & State
4/26/2021


City Council District 6, Manhattan

Gotham Gazette:  

As Brewer Attempts 'Unusual' Return to City Council, Upper West Side Primary Heats Up
by Allison Smith of Gotham Gazette
4/29/2021


City Council District 7, Manhattan

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It’s crowded in the race for the City Council District 7 seat
by Jasmine Sheena of City & State
5/5/2021


City Council District 8, Manhattan and the Bronx

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Four Candidates Vie For City’s 8th District, One Seeks Re-election
by Daniel Parra of City Limits
4/26/2021


City Council District 11, the Bronx

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West Bronx Council Race: Will Higher Turnout Drown Out a Famous Name?
by Jarrett Murphy of City Limits
5/3/2021


City Council District 13, the Bronx

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Five Candidates Face Off for Newly-Open Council Seat in East Bronx’s District 13
by Jeanmarie Evelly of City Limits
4/28/2021


City Council District 14, the Bronx

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14th City Council Race Has Attracted Big Bucks and Dueling Endorsements
by Daniel Parra of City Limits
5/12/2021


City Council District 15, the Bronx

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In Second Election of the Year, Bronx Council District Has 9 Candidates in 2 Primaries
by Jarrett Murphy of City Limits
4/30/2021


City Council District 17, South Bronx

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Underdog Hopes Third Time’s the Charm in Bronx Primary Against Council Land-Use Chair
by Jarrett Murphy of City Limits
5/10/2021


City Council District 22, Queens

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The race for Queens Council District 22, the next phase of Astoria's political evolution
by David Brand of the Queens Eagle
4/26/2021


City Council District 23, Eastern Queens

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Seven candidates compete for Grodenchik’s seat in the pseudo-burbs of Eastern Queens
by David Brand of the Queens Eagle
5/3/2021


City Council District 35, Brooklyn

Gotham Gazette:  

Competitive Central Brooklyn Council Race Splits City's Left
by Amanda Salazar of Gotham Gazette
4/26/2021


City Council District 36, Brooklyn

Gotham Gazette:  

In Competitive Central Brooklyn City Council Race, Candidates Focus on Housing, Education and Public Safety
by Amanda Salazar of Gotham Gazette
5/11/2021


City Council District 42, East New York

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Can the Barrons swap seats again in City Council District 42 in East New York?
by Sydney Kashiwagi of City & State
5/12/2021


City Council District 47, Brooklyn

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Could Ari Kagan finally win an election?
by Amanda Luz Henning Santiago of City & State
4/27/2021


 



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