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2021 Election

2021 Election

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    Ray McGuire (photo: McGuire compaign)


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

    Ray McGuire has a good story to pitch to New Yorkers. His rags-to-riches journey of growing up poor in Ohio, working hard and getting a few breaks to eventually become one the few top Black executives on Wall Street made for a compelling narrative for a candidate for mayor. He could lend his business acumen and global banking

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    Maya Wiley (photo: @mayawiley)


    Maya Wiley is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor as one of the leading progressives in the race, leaning heavily on her accolades as a civil rights attorney. Her education platform includes a number of the most aggressive and embattled proposals to integrate the city’s deeply segregated schools and she has said her position is forged by her own experience going to a segregated elementary school. But as she has sought the progressive mantle and pledged decisive action toward racial equality, Wiley has not emphasized school

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    Andrew Yang (photo: @AndrewYang)


    Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate, seemed to be dominating this year’s mayoral race, with early poll numbers showing him well ahead of the other candidates running in this month’s primary. But the honeymoon period for his campaign ended, with personal and policy gaffes and experience gaps possibly catching up with him as more voters tuned into the race. Several polls released Monday, three days into early voting and just over a week before primary day, show Yang slipping toward the

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    Melissa Mark-Viverito (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)


    June 16, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Melissa Mark-Viverito on the 2021 Elections

    Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined the show to share her thoughts on the 2021 New York City elections, why she hasn't endorsed a mayoral candidate, and what candidates should have ben doing to appeal to Latino voters.

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

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    Joe Lhota (photo: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit)


    June 16, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Joe Lhota on Becoming a Democrat and the Mayoral Election

    Joe Lhota -- the 2013 Republican nominee for Mayor, former MTA chair, and former deputy mayor -- joined the show to discuss changing his party affiliation to Democratic, the future of the GOP, and what voters should keep in mind as they evaluate the leading choices in this primary election.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you

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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


    Democratic New Yorkers are being handed an extensive ballot for this month’s primary elections, with all of city government on the ballot and the first full implementation of ranked-choice voting. The race for New York City Comptroller, too-often neglected by the press and voters, is of great importance given the responsibilities of the job and the fact that whoever wins is all but certain to eventually run for mayor, as a

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    Courtroom (photo: @nakrnsm)


    Earlier this year, a report on use of the “trial penalty” -- the increased likelihood that a defendant, if proven guilty at trial, will face a harsher sentence than if they had opted into a plea deal -- in New York showed that its practice by district attorneys threatens the constitutional rights of defendants, limits law enforcement transparency, and weakens the overall integrity of the justice system.

    The report, from the New York State

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


    With just one week left till primary day and early voting already underway, the Democratic candidates for mayor are in a mad dash to make their final impressions with voters. The final official TV debate is set for Wednesday, June 16, and will see the top eight candidates take the stage again with just a few days before primary day, June 22. But while that debate is meant for “leading contenders,” it's becoming clear that some of those candidates have virtually no shot at winning the

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    Council Member Moya (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)


    One year ago, COVID-19 swept across Corona, turning the Queens neighborhood into the epicenter of the pandemic — and leaving behind a trail of death, sickness, hunger, and unemployment. In the wake of the crisis, which hit Northern Queens harder than most of the city, incumbent City Council Member Francisco Moya says his work to address healthcare and food insecurity kept the pandemic’s effects on his 21st

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    Andrew Yang at a campaign event (photo: @AndrewYang)


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

    Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate, has consistently been among the frontrunners in the Democratic mayoral primary to replace the term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio. Yang’s charisma combined with a lack of previous political trappings have found appeal within the electorate

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    (l-r) Brian Benjamin, Brad Lander, Corey Johnson, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, David Weprin


    Leading Democratic candidates for New York City Comptroller, the city's chief fiscal officer, met for two debates this past week, just ahead of the Saturday start of early voting, where they laid out a range of positions and occasional attacks.

    Candidates discussed how they would use the comptroller's power to audit city agencies, provide oversight of city budgeting, manage the city's sizable pension funds, and more. They also answered questions on hot-button issues

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    (l-r) Elizabeth Adams, Victoria Cambranes, Sabrina Gates, Toba Potosky, Lincoln Restler, Stu Sherman, Benjamin Solotaire & April Somboun at June 6 debate


    As Stephen Levin nears the end of his three terms in office representing Brooklyn’s 33rd City Council District, eight Democratic candidates are vying to replace him — bringing varied resumes and competing visions on key issues like policing, the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the recent tide of development in the district’s neighborhoods.

    The 33rd District stretches along

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  • Gotham Gazette: Breaking Down the Race for Manhattan District Attorney

    (l-r) Top: Tahanie Aboushi, Alvin Bragg, Eliza Orlins, Tali Farhadian Weinstein; Bottom Liz Crotty, Dan Quart, Diana Florence, Lucy Lang


    June 9, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down the Race for Manhattan District Attorney

    The Democratic primary for Manhattan District Attorney is one of the most important and competitive races happening this month. Two reporters who have been covering the race -- Jonah Bromwich of The New York Times and Deanna Paul

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    Manhattan DA Cy Vance (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)


    June 9, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Why The Race For Manhattan District Attorney Is So Important

    Host Ben Max was joined by an expert panel for a discussion of the role of Manhattan District Attorney, calls for reforming the way the office functions and the larger criminal justice system, and the ongoing race to replace outgoing DA Cy Vance, which has a key Democratic primary happening this month among eight candidates. The guests include Rebecca Roiphe, a

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  • Few Mayoral Candidates Offer Plans for Rescuing City's Crumbling Public Housing

    NYCHA (photo: governor's office)


    The New York City Housing Authority, home to more than 400,000 New Yorkers, is falling apart. Long plagued by mold, lead paint, structural cracks, and failing elevators, boilers, and locks, the authority of over 177,000 units in 335 developments across the five boroughs is in need of a staggering $40 billion in physical repairs over the next ten years and faces an immediate operating budget deficit of about $300 million.

    Long the victim of official

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    Shaun Donovan, seated, with President Obama (photo: The White House, by Pete Souza)


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

    He has responded to major health and environmental crises. He has worked on large and complicated budget matters. He has experience with building housing and reducing homelessness, among the most pressing issues affecting life in New York City. But Shaun Donovan, an eight-year member of

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    Council Member Antonio Reynoso (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Brooklyn and Queens residents in the 34th City Council District must vote on term-limited Council Member Antonio Reynoso’s replacement in this year’s election. The first and most important round of voting takes place in this month’s Democratic primary, the winner of which is all but certain to become the next Council member in January given the district’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage.

    Voters have four candidates to choose from: Jennifer Gutierrez, Reynoso’s chief of

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    Council Member Margaret Chin and others (photo: Jeff Reed/City Council)


    Nine Democratic candidates are running in the City Council District 1 primary for a seat based in Lower Manhattan. The district includes parts or all of Battery Park, the Civic Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa, and Washington Square. Governors Island, Ellis Island, and Liberty Island are also a part of the district.

    The current City Council member, Margaret Chin, was elected

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  • Gotham Gazette: Where The Mayor's Race Stands with Under 3 Weeks To Go

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


    June 2, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down the New York City Comptroller Primary

    The Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller is an incredibly important race for a key citywide position, but it is getting limited attention. Guests Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute and Jeff Coltin of City & State NY joined host Ben

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    City Hall (photo: Rob Bennett/Mayoral office)


    June 2, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Where The Mayor's Race Stands with Under 3 Weeks To Go

    With just under three weeks until primary day, June 22, the mayoral race is wide open and unpredictable. Joe Anuta of Politico New York joined host Ben Max to discuss what we know and don't know about the Democratic primary.

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

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    Corey Johnson and Brad Lander (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    The war of words between City Council Member Brad Lander and Council Speaker Corey Johnson, both Democratic candidates for city comptroller, continues to escalate as Lander raises concerns that Johnson will leverage the city budget to help his chances of winning the June primary. 

    Johnson and Lander are among the top contenders in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller, which also features a number of sitting state legislators and several first-time candidates

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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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