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2021 Election

2021 Election

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    Eric Adams after a press conference (photo: Eric Adams)


    In the last two months of the mayoral election, now Mayor-elect Eric Adams refunded more than $1 million to 653 donors, only a few of whom had already contributed the maximum amount to his campaign while others had donated nothing previously.

    Between September 28 and November 25, the period covering two campaign finance disclosure filings, donors attempted to give Adams’ campaign more than $1.3 million. But Adams only retained about $298,000. The recent $1 million in

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams, right, with former Mayor David Dinkins (photo: @BKBoroHall)


    As Eric Adams exulted in his victory in the New York City mayoral election, he invoked the legacy of giants that preceded him. Speaking to his jubilant supporters at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn on the evening of November 2, he rattled off the names of elected officials and activists who paved his way, the “revolutionaries who won wars without firing one shot.”

    They included Percy Sutton, who was, as Manhattan borough president, the

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    Inauguration Day (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Mayor-elect Eric Adams has raised more than $1 million for his transition and inauguration as he prepares to take over City Hall in three weeks from outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Adams, a Democrat who will be sworn into office on January 1, pulled in about $984,000 between November 3 and November 30, and has already disbursed about $183,000, according to the initial filing that was due to the New York City Campaign Finance Board this week.

    That left him with more than $800,000

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    UFT President Michael Mulgrew (photo: @UFT)


    December 7, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew on Pandemic Schooling, Class Sizes, & Mayor-Elect Adams

    New York City teachers union president Michael Mulgrew joined the show to discuss where things stand in city schools amid another pandemic school year, vaccine mandates and covid testing, learning loss and other classroom themes, the UFT's relationship with Mayor-elect Eric Adams, and more.

    Listen to the

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    Voter registration (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    After voters across New York State voted on five ballot proposals for potential state consitutional amendments, two were approved and three were disapproved. All five measures dealing with a variety of issues — from legislative redistricting to enviromental protections to voting rights — were on the 2021 general election ballot because they were proposed state constitutional amendments that had been passed by two consecutive classes of the State Legislature.

    In something of a

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    With just under a month to go till he is sworn into office, Mayor-elect Eric Adams unveiled his transition team on Friday, featuring nearly 800 people across various areas of expertise including public health, food policy, arts and culture, budgeting, civic engagement, education, immigration, climate and infrastructure, housing, criminal justice and more.

    The transition team, which continues to grow, is headed by Sheena Wright, CEO and president of United Way of New York City, a nonprofit group

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    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    With the New York City general election results certified Tuesday, Democratic Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ tally finished at 754,000 votes, leaving him with close to 66% of the vote-share compared to Republican Curtis Sliwa’s 27%, or 312,000 total votes.

    In total, the New York City Board of Elections counted the ballots of about 1,150,000 New Yorkers, bringing the turnout rate to 20.5% of the 5.6 million registered voters across the five boroughs. That included 85,000 absentee voters and 7,000

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    Eric Adams with New Yorkers (photo: Adams campaign on flickr)


    Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ victory came with a hefty price tag. Over the course of the campaign, he raised just over $19.1 million, more than half of which was in public matching funds, and spent about $18.1 million, according to the latest financial disclosures. He also benefited from nearly $8.2 million in independent expenditures in his favor, with little outside spending to oppose him.

    Adams was all but assured to win after emerging as the Democratic mayoral nominee from a crowded field

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    What's The [Data] Point? Episode 112 -- 47, with NYC Comptroller-Elect Brad Lander [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    47 is the number of people who will have held the office of New York Comptroller once Brad Lander is sworn in on January 1, 2022. At a breakfast with CBC Trustees, President Andrew Rein sat down for a wide-ranging conversation with the Comptroller-elect, covering subjects including risks to New York’s budget, contracting reform, rezoning, and

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    Mayor-Elect Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc2021)


    When Mayor Michael Bloomberg put the prospect of nonpartisan or "open" primary elections before voters in 2003, Eric Adams was a vocal supporter of the shift. This year, when Adams narrowly won the Democratic primary and, in part thanks to Democrats' overwhelming voter enrollment advantage, sailed to victory in the general election to become the next mayor himself, he's been much quieter on the topic. That's because he no longer supports it.

    When asked in a questionnaire from good

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    Absentee ballot drop-box (photo: @BKVoters)


    Three proposed amendments to the New York State Constitution, two on expanding voting rights and one on legislative redistricting reform, were defeated by the voters in this year’s general election. Two other ballot proposals were passed. In order to appear on the ballot for voters to approve or disapprove, all five proposed amendments had to pass two consecutive classes of the state Legislature.

    We are still awaiting the full counting of many thousands of absentee ballots, but preliminary numbers

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    Mayor-Elect Eric Adams at City Hall (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    For new analysis of the results of the 2021 New York City elections and what's next for Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, host Ben Max of Gotham Gazette was joined for a conversation on MNN by Dr. Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, and Harry Siegel, senior editor at the Daily Beast and Daily News columnist (who are also co-hosts of the ...

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    A Hispanic heritage celebration at City Hall (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    On this episode of the Latino Vote podcast from Gotham Gazette and hosted by Eli Valentin, the topic is legislative redistricting and Latino representation, and the guests are Lucia Gomez, Political Director at the NYC Central Labor Council; Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Director of Public Policy and Media Relations at the Centro for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College; and Frederick Velez Burgos, National Director of Civic Engagement at the Hispanic

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    Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa, left, & Conservative Party nominee Bill Pepitone


    Leaders of New York’s Conservative Party, one of just two so-called third parties in the state with a ballot line, have been jubilant about the 2021 general election results. The party helped win victories in several local races and to defeat three ballot questions that would have made changes to legislative redistricting and voting rights. But the party went its own way in nominating candidates for citywide positions and key races on Staten Island,

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    Jumaane Williams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    November 9, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Exploring a Run for Governor

    Jumaane Williams joined the show to discuss his reelection as Public Advocate, what he's watching for from Mayor-elect Eric Adams, his exploration of a run for Governor, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the

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    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Voter turnout in the 2021 New York City general election was slightly lower than the already-depressed 2017 and 2013 elections.

    Every four years, all of city government is on the ballot, including Mayor, other citywide offices, borough president positions, and the entire 51-seat City Council. This election was the first time since 2013 that most of those positions, including Mayor, were open due to term limits.

    This year, just under 20% of the 5.6 million registered New York City voters cast

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  • New York Voters Approve 5 Constitutional Amendments to Alter Redistricting, Expand Voting Rights, Ensure Clean Air and Water

    Voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    With more than 100,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, New York voters thus far appear to have approved two state constitutional amendments on the general election ballot and voted down three others. It is unlikely that the mail-in ballots will be enough to sway some or all of the outcomes, setting the stage for only two of the five ballot referendums to pass, though it is not

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    November 3, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down 2021 NYC Election Results & What Comes Next

    Bob Hardt, New York Political Director for Spectrum News, including NY1, joined the show to analyze Eric Adams' victory in the mayoral race and what comes next for the mayor-elect, other results of the 2021 New York City elections, and additional political themes.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

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    Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez with Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: @ydanis)


    November 3, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Backing Eric Adams & The Path Ahead

    City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez joined the show to discuss his support for Eric Adams' mayoral campaign, what he did to help Adams win the mayoralty, and what comes next.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

  • The Next Mayor, Comptroller, Borough Presidents & More: 2021 New York City Election Results

    2021 election results (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Even with many thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in the coming weeks, in heavily Democratic New York City, most general election races for city offices could be called not long after polls closed at 9 p.m. on Election Day. All of city government was on the ballot this year, along with a few state-level positions, and five proposals for amendments to the state constitution.

    There

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  • Eric Adams Elected Next Mayor of New York City

    Eric Adams voting for himself for Mayor (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    Eric Adams, a moderate Democrat and former NYPD captain, was declared victorious on Tuesday in the 2021 mayoral election, making him set to become only the second Black mayor of New York City after David Dinkins won in 1989. Adams, the two-term Brooklyn borough president and former state senator, was projected by the Associated Press to win not long after polls closed at 9 p.m., with early returns showing him well ahead of Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa,

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  • Brad Lander Elected Next New York City Comptroller

    Brad Lander, the next city Comptroller (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Brad Lander, the Democratic nominee for New York City Comptroller, is sailing to victory in the general election, putting him on the verge of becoming the city’s 45th chief financial officer when the new class of elected officials is inaugurated on January 1.

    It was no surprise that the term-limited City Council Member, who has represented his Park Slope district since 2010, won given the large ratio of New York City Democrats to

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  • Jumaane Williams, Considering a Run for Governor, Wins Full Term as Public Advocate

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)


    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a Democrat, won reelection Tuesday for his first full term in the role, easily defeating three opponents on the general election ballot. Without many thousands of absentee ballots counted and in-person returns still flowing in, Williams had a very large early lead and the Associated Press called the race for him just after polls closed at 9 p.m.

    Williams was first

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    Eric Adams at a press conference with Mayor de Blasio (photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)


    Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor, is running on a combination of classic political charisma, a blue-collar background, and a host of promises to transform New York City.

    His nuanced approach to public safety and resume as a former cop and police reformer distinguished him in the Democratic primary, where he was among the more moderate candidates in a large field. In part because of his background and in part because the primary unfolded

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  • 10 Things to Watch in the 2021 NYC General Election

    Voters voting in NYC (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Voting in the 2021 general election concludes on Tuesday, November 2, as New Yorkers elect a new mayor, City Council, and other citywide and borough-wide officials. There are likely to be few surprises, with Democrats expected to easily win most races because of their massive voter enrollment advantage in the city.

    But anything can happen in politics and there are also several competitive races that may not be decided on election night,

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