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2021 Election

2021 Election

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    Zach Iscol at a rally (photo: Iscol campaign)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Zach Iscol joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    Brian Benjamin (photo: Brian Benjamin Campaign)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Brian Benjamin joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    Reshma Patel (photo: Reshma Patel Campaign)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Reshma Patel joined host Ben Max to explain her vision for the role. Watch:

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    Terri Liftin (photo: Terri Liftin campaign)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Terri Liftin joined host Ben Max to explain her vision for the role. Watch:

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    Corey Johnson (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Corey Johnson joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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


    Voting rights advocates are beginning to wonder if the gusto to transform New York's elections embraced by state lawmakers last year -- changes many considered necessary adjustments, if still a work in progress -- will extend into the pandemic's second election cycle and the decisive New York City primaries in June.

    There are already signs it has waned with the completion of the presidential election, the availability of vaccines, and new sights set on

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    Curtis Sliwa (photo: Guardian Angels)


    April 21, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Curtis Sliwa on His Run for Mayor

    Curtis Sliwa, a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor, joined the podcast to discuss his campaign ahead of the June primaries.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter @TweetBenMaxand @JarrettMurphy. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below

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    Fernando Mateo (photo: Mateo campaign)


    April 21, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Fernando Mateo on His Run for Mayor

    Fernando Mateo, a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor, joined the podcast to discuss his campaign ahead of the June primaries.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter @TweetBenMaxand @JarrettMurphy. You can listen to the show through the embedded

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    Voters (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    The Democratic Party in New York has consistently grown its voter base over the years and has also drawn previously party-unaffiliated and Republican voters to its ranks. In the last year alone, more than 88,000 voters who either had no party registration (“independents”) or were registered with the Republican Party switched their affiliation to the Democrats, potentially creating a new bloc of voters that candidates may seek to woo in races such as the crowded and competitive primary

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    Betsy Head Park in Brownsville (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Four candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to become New York City’s next mayor appeared at a virtual forum Monday night to share their visions for the future of the city’s parks and open spaces. The coronavirus pandemic has both added attention to the importance of the city’s parks and had a negative impact on its green spaces, which have a history of under-investment, neglect, and inequitable distribution across the five boroughs. New Yorkers’ increased demand for open space during covid

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    Mayor de Blasio pushes pre-K (photo: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Just three months into his first term in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio was successful in convincing the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve funding for universal pre-kindergarten, still his signature accomplishment after more than seven years in office. It was his boldest policy proposal as a mayoral candidate, one that he talked about incessantly throughout his 2013 campaign, along with the tax increase on high-earners that he wanted to pay

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    Voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    New York City voters will be using the new ranked-choice voting system for the June party primary elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and City Council. Voters will be able to rank up to five candidates in order of preference, and ranked-choice voting eliminates the runoff elections that used to occur in some cases for citywide offices. Watch the show below from Gotham Gazette and Manhattan Neighborhood Network for what you need to know about ranked-choice voting,

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    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    In this video issue brief, hosts Ben Max and Jarrett Murphy discuss the city elections and policy around aging, older New Yorkers, and a greying city.

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    State Senator Kevin Parker (photo: NY Senate)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Kevin Parker joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    Andrew Yang campaigning (photo: @AndrewYang)


    Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur and former presidential candidate, has emerged as the apparent frontrunner in the 2021 Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, though the race is just now entering its final two months when candidates will spend many millions of dollars, voters will start paying closer attention, and anything can happen. While Yang’s popularity and panache for retail campaigning, as well as his proclivity to commit political gaffes with little apparent consequence, have been the subject of intense

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    Seniors at a pre-pandemic party (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Earlier this week, various groups co-hosted a virtual forum with leading Democratic candidates for New York City Mayor on aging issues in New York City. The discussion was moderated by City Limits editor-at-large and Max & Murphy podcast co-host Jarrett Murphy, and co-hosted by City Limits, LiveOn NY, AARP New York, New York Academy of Medicine, United Neighborhood House, Citymeals on Wheels, and Hunter Brookdale Center for Healthy

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    David Weprin (photo: Mike Wren/NYS Department of Health)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, David Weprin joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    Brad Lander (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Brad Lander joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales


    The top tier of the Democratic primary field in this year’s race to be the next Mayor of New York City just became all the more competitive as several candidates received much-needed infusions of public matching funds on Thursday through the city’s campaign finance program. 

    The New York City Campaign Finance Board’s voluntary public funds program matches small dollar donations to encourage candidates to reach out to a broader swathe of voters and to avoid the pitfalls of fewer wealthier

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    (l-r) top: Mark Levine; Elizabeth Caputo; Brad Hoylman; bottom: Kim Watkins; Ben Kallos; Lindsey Boylan


    The six Democratic candidates for Manhattan Borough President competing in this June's primary — Lindsey Boylan, Elizabeth Captuo, Brad Hoylman, Ben Kallos, Mark Levine, and Kim Watkins — each sat down for an in-depth 30-minute interview as part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series from Gotham Gazette and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The current Manhattan Borough President, Gale

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    UFT President Michael Mulgrew (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    April 14, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Reopening Schools & Picking the Next Mayor

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew returned to the show to discuss city schools reopening and safety, how the teachers union is approaching an endorsement in the mayoral race, and much more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter @TweetBenMax

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    Brad Hoylman (photo: NY Senate)


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for Manhattan Borough President talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, State Senator Brad Hoylman joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    Kim Watkins, Manhattan BP candidate


    As part of the "Decision NYC with Ben Max" series of candidate interviews from Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette, Democratic candidates for Manhattan Borough President talked about their campaigns ahead of the June primary. In this episode, Kim Watkins joined host Ben Max to explain her vision for the role. Watch:

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    Maya Wiley (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Maya Wiley has an extensive and diverse resume, working inside and mostly outside of government, but has never run for office before this year, when she is seeking to become the first woman and second Black person ever elected Mayor of New York City.

    Undoubtedly in the top tier of the crowded Democratic field hurtling toward the June primary likely to decide the next mayor, Wiley has raised a significant amount of money and qualified for millions in public matching funds, received a number of

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    (l-r) GOP mayoral candidates: Curtis Sliwa, Sara Tirschwell, Fernando Mateo


    UPDATE: not long after the publication of this article, Sara Tirschwell's bid to get on the Republican primary ballot failed, which she blamed on challenges from Fernando Mateo's allies, announcing the end of her campaign and her support for Curtis Sliwa. The information on Tirschwell has been moved to the bottom of the piece and other edits have been made for accuracy based on the updated information. The GOP mayoral primary now appears to be a

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