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2021 Election

2021 Election

  • Gotham Gazette Eric Adams Says He Will Overhaul How City Government Works; Here's What Experts Think of His Promises

    Eric Adams (photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)


    Eric Adams believes government inefficiency is at the root of many ills that plague New Yorkers. The ineffective delivery of public services and waste of taxpayer dollars, he says, create the very inequality and suffering that city government is meant to ameliorate.

    For years leading up to and throughout his run for mayor this year, Adams -- the two-term Brooklyn borough president and

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  • Gotham Gazette New York City Latinos and the 2021 Democratic Primary: A Closer Look

    Voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Four years ago I participated in a forum on the theme of Latino politics and voting participation in New York hosted by the Rev. Ray Rivera of the Latino Pastoral Action Center in the Bronx. The forum was based largely on two columns I had recently written here at Gotham Gazette — “Latinos and the 2017 New York City Elections”and ...

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    Eric Adams, left, and Curtis Sliwa, at a mayoral debate


    Candidates Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa confronted each other on Tuesday at the second and final debate of the general election for New York City mayor.

    The debate was co-hosted by the Campaign Finance Board, WABC-TV, The League of Women Voters of NYC, Univision 41 Nueva York, Hispanic Federation, and NAACP NYS Conference. Early voting is ongoing through October 31 and Election Day is November 2. There are about a half-dozen other candidates on the mayoral ballot as well as races for all other city

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    City Council Member Eric Ulrich (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    October 26, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Eric Ulrich on His City Council Tenure, the Future of New York City and Its Republican Party

    City Council Member Eric Ulrich, a Queens Republican term-limited out of office at the end of this year, joined the show to discuss his tenure, the competitive race to replace him, his support for Democrat Eric Adams in the mayoral race, his own future, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what

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    Mark Levine, top left, and Michael Lewyn, with moderator Ben Max


    Democratic Party nominee Mark Levine and Libertarian Party nominee Michael Lewyn met for a debate in the Manhattan Borough President general election hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Republican Party nominee Lou Puliafito had a last-minute emergency and was unable to participate. Watch:

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    Curtis Sliwa on the campaign trail (photo: @CurtisSliwa)


    With relatively little money in the bank and only a tenuous tie to his newfound party, Curtis Sliwa, the Republican nominee for mayor, is running on name recognition and four-decade history of catching headlines. But in public appearances and on his website he has put forth an outline of his vision for New York City with policies that span the political spectrum.

    Sliwa has been a peripheral figure amongst the characters of New York City since the 1980s when his neighborhood watch

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    Council Member Justin Brannan, left, & challenger Brian Fox


    Justin Brannan, a first-term Democrat from southern Brooklyn, wants to be the next speaker of the City Council. But first he must win his reelection race in District 43 against Republican nominee Brian Fox, a controversial candidate with a history of sharing conspiracy theories and misinformation espoused by the alt-right.

    Brannan is promising a continuation of what he says was a productive first term in which he brought much needed resources back to his district and concertedly responded to

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    Eric Adams & Curtis Sliwa


    With early voting set to begin on Saturday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee, squared off on Wednesday against his Republican rival, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, in the first of two official debates of the general election.

    The debate was hosted by the New York City Campaign Finance Board in partnership with WNBC-TV, Telemundo, Politico, Citizens Budget Commission, and the New York Urban League. Early voting will be October 23-31 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. Absentee

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    Manhattan DA candidates Alvin Bragg, left, & Thomas Kenniff


    The two candidates running for Manhattan District Attorney in the imminent fall election met recently for a spirited televised debate, with issues ranging from the bail system to gun violence and each aspirant’s record of public service.

    Democratic nominee Alvin Bragg, a former prosecutor and top deputy New York Attorney General, and Republican nominee Thomas Kenniff, a former military judge and criminal defense attorney, sparred over their resumes and visions for the office in a debate hosted by

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    (l-r) Devin Balkind, Devi Nampiaparampil, Jumaane Williams, & Tony Herbert


    Candidates for New York City Public Advocate in the fast-approaching 2021 general election discussed their visions for the city’s second highest office during two recent TV debates.

    On Tuesday night, incumbent Democratic Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Republican nominee Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil met for a one-on-one debate hosted by NY1 and other partners and moderated by Errol Louis, Spectrum NY1’s political anchor. The debate was an official, New York City Campaign Finance

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    A Yang mayoral campaign event (photo by guest Chris Coffey, @chriscoffeytalk, Yang co-campaign manager)


    October 19, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Chris Coffey on the Yang Mayoral Campaign, Eric Adams & More

    Chris Coffey, the co-CEO of Tusk Strategies and co-campaign manager of Andrew Yang's 2021 mayoral campaign, joined the show to reflect on the Democratic primary, discuss Eric Adams' likely mayoralty, lessons from his time working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know

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    Keith Powers, top left & David Casavis, top right, with moderator Ben Max


    City Council Member Keith Powers, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent in this year's election, David Casavis, met for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. They are vying to represent Council District 4, which includes several neighborhoods on the East Side of Manhattan, as well as Times Square. Watch:

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


    There are five yes or no questions on the 2021 general election ballot across New York, asking voters to approve or disapprove changes to the state constitution. All the items on the ballot have been passed by two successive classes of the State Legislature and now go to the voters. They includes measures related to legislative redistricting, voting, clean air and water, and more.

    Four experts joined host Ben Max for a Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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    Allie Ryan, top left, and Juan Pagan, with moderator Ben Max


    Two candidates for City Council District 2 in Manhattan met for a general election debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Allie Ryan is on the Neighborhood ballot line and Juan Pagan on the Independent ballot line. Democratic Party nominee and incumbent Council Member Carlina Rivera declined to participate in the debate. Watch:

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    Gale Brewer, top left, & Nancy Sliwa, with moderator Ben Max


    City Council District 6 candidates Gale Brewer, the Democratic Party nominee, and Nancy Sliwa, the Republican Party nominee, met for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. Watch:

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    (l-r) Top: Tony Herbert, Jumaane Williams; Bottom: Devin Balkind, Ben Max (moderator), Devi Nampiaparampil


    Four candidates for New York City Public Advocate met for a general election debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max: Democratic Party nominee and incumbent Jumaane Williams; Republican Party nominee Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil; Libertarian Party nominee Devin Balkind; and Conservative Party nominee Tony Herbert (who participated for only the first 20 minutes of the debate). Watch:

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    Council Member Matteo at a groundbreaking in CD50 (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Republicans currently hold only three seats in the New York City Council and District 50 on Staten Island is one of them. The mid-island district is currently represented by Council Member Stephen Matteo, the Council’s Minority Leader who is term limited and unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary for borough president. Three candidates are vying to replace him in the general election including a former City Council member, a top aide to Matteo, and a real

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    Voters at the polls (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    In New York, we are just weeks away from going to the polls to vote in the general election. You may know that we will vote for various important positions in our local government, such as the mayor of New York City and county executives outside of the Big Apple. You may not know that, across the state, we will also be voting on critical ballot questions. To strengthen democracy in our state, it’s important that you vote “yes” on three key questions to reform the

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    Curtis Sliwa on the campaign trail (photo: @CurtisSliwa)


    October 12, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Curtis Sliwa on His Run for Mayor

    Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, the Republicna nominee who will also be on an independent ballot line, joined the show to discuss his candidacy, his platform, his past, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode

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     (l-r) Top: Bill Pepitone, Stacey Prussman; Bottom: Raja Flores, Ben Max, Skiboky Stora


    Four candidates for mayor of New York City who will be on the general election ballot appeared for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette's Ben Max: Conservative Party nominee Bill Pepitone; Libertarian Party nominee Stacey Prussman; Raja Flores, who will be on the Humanity United ballot line; and Skiboky Stora, who will be on the Out Lawbreaker ballot line. Watch:

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    Christopher Marte (top right), Jacqueline Toboroff (bottom left) & Maud Maron (bottom right)


    Candidates for City Council District 1 (Lower Manhattan) met for a general election debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette's Ben Max: Democratic nominee Christopher Marte; Republican nominee Jackie Toboroff; and Maud Maron, who will be on the Independent NY ballot line. Watch:

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    Comptroller candidates Daby Carreras, left, and Paul Rodriguez


    New York City Comptroller candidates Paul Rodriguez, the Conservative Party nominee, and Daby Carreras, the Republican Party nominee, met for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette's Ben Max. Democratic nominee Brad Lander declined to participate in the debate. Watch:

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    Alvin Bragg, left, & Thomas Kenniff


    In the general election for Manhattan District Attorney, Democratic nominee Alvin Bragg and Republican nominee Thomas Kenniff met for a debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and moderated by Gotham Gazette's Ben Max. Watch:

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    State Senate elections hearing (photo: @CitizensUnionNY)


    The State Senate analyzed the execution of the June primary elections in a major hearing Tuesday that included testimony from election administrators for New York City and State, as well as counties, and election reform experts. The lawmakers not only examined how elections were run, but the systems and structures that undergirded their performance -- and, as many said, enabled their failures. 

    Tuesday's event was unusual in that it served as the culmination of a series of public hearings held

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    Alvin Bragg, left, & Thomas Kenniff


    With Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. retiring after 12 years leading one of the most high-profile prosecutorial offices in the country, Alvin Bragg emerged from a crowded, competitive, expensive, and closely-watched Democratic primary and is now in the midst of a one-on-one general election. Bragg, a progressive former prosecutor and top deputy New York Attorney General, competing with Republican nominee Thomas Kenniff, a former military judge and criminal defense attorney.

    The

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