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2021 Election

2021 Election

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    Kathryn Garcia as sanitation commissioner (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Kathryn Garcia, long a relatively unknown bureaucrat who has lept toward the top of the heap of Democrats vying to be the next Mayor of New York City, is running on her extensive government career, where she has been called upon to respond to catastrophe and mismanagement and deliver key city services. Garcia and the warwick New York Times editorial board that endorsed her last month have framed her as a "crisis manager" who knows how to make

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    City Council District 9 primary debate


    Nine of the candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council District 9, which is mostly made up of Central Harlem in Manhattan, met for a zoom debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Participating candidates included William Allen, Cordell Cleare, Joshua Clennon, Pierre Gooding, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Ruth McDaniels, Athena Moore, Mario Rosser, and Keith Taylor. McDaniels had to leave part-way through the debate. Incumbent Council Member Bill Perkins

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    Michell Caruso-Cabrera (photo: @mcaruso_cabrera)


    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, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera joined host Ben Max to explain his vision for the role. Watch:

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    City Council District 5 debate


    Candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council District 5, which is mostly made up of Manhattan's Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, met for a zoom debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Participating candidates included Billy Freeland, Julie Menin, Rebecca Lamorte, Kim Moscaritolo, Tricia Shimamura, Christopher Sosa, and Marco Tamayo. (Note: this debate was taped before sexual misconduct allegations were made against mayoral candidate Scott Stringer, which is

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    Maya Wiley with supporters (photo: Wiley campaign)


    [Update: Since publication of this article, Maya Wiley has picked up several more endorsements, including from the New York Progressive Action Network and Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, which had both endorsed Dianne Morales, State Senator Julia Salazar, the Working Families Party, and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, among others, some of whom had previously endorsed Scott Stringer]

    Moderate candidates Eric Adams and Andrew Yang have been leading in the Democratic

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    Kathryn Garcia with Andrew Yang (photo: @aqreno)


    “A competent woman losing a job to an incompetent man is not an anomalous Election Day surprise; it is Tuesday in America,” writes New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister in one 2016 presidential election debrief. Unfortunately, five long years of hindsight later, this dynamic persists. On Tuesday, June 22, Kathryn Garcia stands to get Hillary’d in the Democratic primary election for New York City

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    (l-r) Dianne Morales, Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang


    With under four weeks to go till the June 22 primary, the top Democratic mayoral candidates are receiving another round of public matching funds from the Campaign Finance Board, giving several of them the boost they need in the crucial period ahead. Particularly, the payout will help four candidates better compete with several of their competitors who had already banked larger sums, some of whom have been running for mayor for much longer.

    Campaigns have little time left to

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     (l-r) Top: Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Ray McGuire; Bottom: Eric Adams, Dianne Morales, Maya Wiley, Scott Stringer


    The Democratic primary in the race to become the next Mayor of New York City is fast-approaching, with early voting June 12-20 and primary day June 22. With ranked-choice voting at play for the first time and voters able to rank their top five choices in order of preference, there's even more reason to carefully compare where the candidates stand on the issues and what they are promising to do if

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    Voters voting (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photo Office)


    May 26, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: What Might the Democratic Electorate Look Like for the June Primary?

    John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research and is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, joined the show to discuss what the Democratic electorate might look like in the June primaries.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you

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    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    There is no one formula for victory in the Democratic mayoral primary and the top eight candidates are running vastly different campaigns. The popularity of each candidate’s message and chances of victory depend not only on the strength of their personal appeal to voters but also their campaign infrastructure – including the tacticians, advisors, consultants, and campaign staff members who mostly go unseen but whose work informs the candidates’ policies, positions, fundraising, advertising, and

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    Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia


    A new poll released late on Tuesday shows Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the lead in the Democratic mayoral primary, with entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia tied in second place, though half of all likely primary voters continue to remain undecided. 

    The poll was the final of three “Pulse of the Primary” polls released ahead of the June primary election by Fontas Advisors and Core Decision Analytics, which had previously surveyed likely primary voters in January and

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    Council Member Farah Louis (photo: City Council)


    New York City Council Member Farah Louis is among the 18 members of the 51-seat Council eligible for and seeking reelection this year, but she is not able to cruise to a full term representing Brooklyn’s 45th District, which includes Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands, Canarsie, and Kensington. Louis, a Democrat, has held the seat for part of one term so far after being elected in a 2019 special election to fill a vacancy created by Jumaane Williams winning his own special election

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    City Council District 3 Democratic primary debate


    Candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council District 3, which includes parts of Manhattan's West Side like Chelsea and the West Village, met for a zoom debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Participating candidates included Erik Bottcher, Phelan Dante Fitzpatrick, Marni Halasa, Aleta LaFargue, Leslie Boghosian Murphy, and Arthur Schwartz. Watch:

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    (l-r) Top: Brian Benjamin, Brad Lander, Kevin Parker, David Weprin, Corey Johnson; Bottom: Reshma Patel, Zach Iscol, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera,Terri Liftin


    This article was updated on May 29, reflecting the Campaign Finance Board's latest public funds payment made on May 27. 

    As candidates filed their latest campaign finance disclosures on Friday, the Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller has become one of extremes. The leading campaigns have millions in the bank as they head into the closing stretch of the race while

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    The road to City Hall (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office)


    NOTE: Since this article was published, candidates received additional public matching funds. Those sums do not change the information below in terms of number of donors, average contributions, in city/out of city fundraising, and spending. See the updated public funds and cash on hand numbers here.

    With just under a month till primary election

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    City Council District 6 Democratic primary debate


    Six candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council District 6, which includes most of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, met for a zoom debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Participating candidates included: Gale Brewer, Sara Lind, Maria Danzilo, David Gold, Jeffrey Omura, and Zack Weiner. Watch:

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    Tony Herbert (photo: @tonyherbertnyc)


    Tony Herbert, a Democrat running for Public Advocate in this June's Democratic primary, joined "Decision NYC with Ben Max" from Gotham Gazette and Manhattan Neighborhood Network for an in-depth discussion of his candidacy. This interview is part of a series with many candidates for citywide and borough-wide offices. Watch:

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    Shelter in the Bronx (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Tens of thousands of parents and children are living in city shelters. Some of the worst effects of the pandemic may not be felt until the next mayor is in office in 2021, when New York City and State may have to reckon with the fallout from an expiring eviction moratorium, mass income losses, and diminishing federal stimulus.

    Three of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination for mayor -- civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, city government veteran Kathryn Garcia, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang --

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    Council Member Robert Holden (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)


    City Council Member Bob Holden, a first-term Democrat from Queens, is known for being one of the Council’s more moderate-to-conservative members, having won his seat running on the Republican ballot line in 2017 after losing the Democratic primary to the incumbent at the time. Especially in a legislative body that includes just three Republicans in 51 seats, Holden regularly takes among the more right-leaning positions on a number of issues, particularly policing, whether in his district or on a

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    Latino Vote '21 with Eli Valentin 


    Eli Valentin is a professor, political analyst, and writer who has experience as a political consultant and working in city and state government in New York. He writes regular columns for Gotham Gazette, largely focused on Latino politics in New York City. Those columns include a series, Latino Vote '21, about the Latino vote in the consequential 2021 New York City elections that are happening this

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    A city resource fair (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office)


    According to the Mayor’s Office, the city experienced a growth of 100,000 jobs from December 2020 to March 2021, and expects to gain 400,000 more to reach a total of 4.5 million jobs by the end of 2021. Even as economic indicators have been headed in the right direction in recent months -- including significant job growth -- amid public vaccination, some easing of

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    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    May 19, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Resetting the Democratic Mayoral Primary with Under 5 Weeks To Go

    Jonathan Rosen, a political consultant and architect of Bill de Blasio's 2013 victory, joined the show to assess where the 2021 Democratic mayoral primary stands with under five weeks until primary day, June 22.

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

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    Voting starts soon (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    May 19, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: A Rundown of the Down-Ballot Races

    A brief rundown of many of the races on the ballot this June that aren't the Democratic primary for mayor, including the city comptroller race, the borough president races, and more.

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

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    Dianne Morales (photo via Morales campaign)


    [This article is part of a series on the leading Democratic mayoral candidates' strengths and weaknesses.]

    Dianne Morales officially entered the mayoral race in November as a political neophyte, with no past campaign or governing experience. But in the year leading up to her campaign launch and in nearly five months since, she has built a political movement that has defied expectations and displayed the staying power to remain in the top tier

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    Democratic primary debate in City Council District 2


    City Council Member Carlina Rivera, a Democrat representing District 2, which covers parts of Manhattan such as the East Village and Lower East Side, is being challenged in her reelection bid by activist Erin Hussein, with the two running in the June Democratic primary. Rivera and Hussein metby Zoom for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Watch: