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2021 Election

2021 Election

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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:

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    City Council District 10 Democratic primary debate

    Five Democratic candidates for City Council District 10, currently represented by term-limited Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and covering parts of Upper Manhattan, met by Zoom for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Participating candidates included Carmen De La Rose, Angela Fernandez, Johanna Garcia, Francesca Castellanos, and James Behr. The primary is in June, with early voting June 12-20 and primary day June 22. Watch the debate:

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    The first Democratic mayoral debate

    Eight Democratic mayoral candidates took the virtual stage on Thursday for the first of three official televised debates leading up to the June primary. Over the course of two hours, the candidates offered thoughts and plans on public safety, reviving the city’s economy, school desegregation, housing, homelessness, and more. The debate was mostly civil, likely in part because of the virtual format, but candidates did occasionally lob pointed critiques at each other, previewing the direction the race may take over the

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    Adrienne Adams and Ruben Wills

    City Council Member Adrienne Adams, a first-term Democrat, is among the several candidates seeking to become the next Speaker of the City Council. But her first hurdle will be defeating two challengers in the imminent June primary to win a second term representing Council District 28 in Southeast Queens. Among those challengers is her predecessor, Ruben Wills, who was expelled from the Council following a corruption conviction but was recently exonerated and is seeking a political comeback.

    District 28 includes

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    Mayor de Blasio at Cornell Tech (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office)

    A report released Wednesday provides technological solutions for some of the city’s myriad problems and examines the barriers to their adoption, with the hope of provoking intense debate about urban technology in this year’s municipal election. 

    The 124-page report, titled “Rebooting NYC: An Urban Tech Agenda for the Next Administration,” is a first draft released by Cornell Tech’s

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    May 12, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Christine Quinn & Bill Thompson on Running for Mayor

    Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson, former top city government officials and candidates for Mayor, joined the show to reflect on their experiences and give insights into this year's mayoral election.

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

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    The first 2013 debate, on NY1 (photo: pool/August 2013)

    May 12, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Previewing the First Official 2021 Mayoral Debate

    Bob Hardt, New York political director for Spectrum News and long-time political director at NY1, joined the show to preview the first official debate of the 2021 mayoral race, which will take place Thursday May 13 at 7pm on NY1 and include eight Democratic candidates

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    Eric Adams endorsed by 32BJ (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has amassed a wealth of support from labor unions as he runs for mayor, competing almost solely with Comptroller Scott Stringer for the label of “labor candidate” in the crowded primary field of Democrats. It is one key part of the coalition Adams is trying to build to prevail in the June primary, and he’s hoping that his support from organized labor will come through with crucial help in the final weeks of a hotly-contested race where Adams and entrepreneur

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    Outgoing Council Member Robert Cornegy (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    With City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. among the three dozen members of the 51-seat Council facing term limits this year, there is a competitive Democratic primary unfolding to replace him in Brooklyn’s 36th District, which includes northern Crown Heights and parts of Bedford Stuyvesant. Cornegy, a Democrat, has held the seat for two terms, nearing eight years. Given the district’s overwhelming Democratic voter enrollment, the winner of the

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    Latino leaders in the Bronx (photo: Ruben Diaz Jr.)

    This piece is part of Latino Vote ‘21, a series of columns on the Latino vote and the 2021 New York City elections.

    I mentioned in my previous column introducing this series on the Latino vote in the 2021 New York City elections that the growing Latino presence in New York has meant a slow but

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    City Council District 7 candidate debate

    Ten candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council in Manhattan's 7th District gathered by Zoom for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. The candidates are vying to replace term-limited Council Member Mark Levine representing parts of northern Manhattan including Manhattanville, Morningside

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    (l-r) Shaun Donovan, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Dianne Morales, Scott Stringer

    At a virtual forum on Thursday night, four of the leading Democratic candidates for mayor in the June primary weighed in on issues affecting New York City’s large immigrant population, including housing, education, employment, and participation in the political process.

    Hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), one of the largest immigrant advocacy groups in the state, the forum was the first one focused solely on immigrants and was simultaneously

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    What's The [Data] Point? Episode 107 -- $250 billion [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    $250 billion—the assets held by the five pensions funds for which the New York City Comptroller is custodian, administrator, and investment advisor. But that's not the Comptroller's only

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    Fernando Mateo, left and Curtis Sliwa

    With under 50 days until primary day, June 22, the race to become the next Mayor of New York City has been picking up steam, though far greater attention continues to be on the crowded and competitive Democratic primary, in large part because it is likely to choose the next mayor based on the party’s very heavy (nearly 8 to 1) voter enrollment advantage. But New York had two mayors elected as Republicans who led the city for five terms from 1994 through 2013, and there is a competitive GOP primary this year, open to the