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


    With the New York City general election results certified Tuesday, Democratic Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ tally finished at 754,000 votes, leaving him with close to 66% of the vote-share compared to Republican Curtis Sliwa’s 27%, or 312,000 total votes.

    In total, the New York City Board of Elections counted the ballots of about 1,150,000 New Yorkers, bringing the turnout rate to 20.5% of the 5.6 million registered voters across the five boroughs. That included 85,000 absentee voters and 7,000

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    Eric Adams with New Yorkers (photo: Adams campaign on flickr)


    Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ victory came with a hefty price tag. Over the course of the campaign, he raised just over $19.1 million, more than half of which was in public matching funds, and spent about $18.1 million, according to the latest financial disclosures. He also benefited from nearly $8.2 million in independent expenditures in his favor, with little outside spending to oppose him.

    Adams was all but assured to win after emerging as the Democratic mayoral nominee from a crowded field

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    Mayor de Blasio giving a budget briefing (photo: Rob Bennett/Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)


    New York City’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which began July 1, has increased to a record $102.8 billion, a $4.1 billion uptick since it was first adopted, according to the latest financial update released by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday. The increase in spending, driven by federal relief and stimulus aid, was accompanied by new savings in agency spending, reduced debt and pension costs, and lower projected budget gaps for the future than previously

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    City Council Member Adrienne Adams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    The New York Police Department needs a major culture shift, according to City Council Member Adrienne Adams, a Queens Democrat who chairs the Council’s public safety committee, and incoming Mayor Eric Adams can lead the way.

    Speaking at length on a recent episode of the Max Politics podcast from Gotham Gazette, Adams outlined key takeaways from a series of oversight hearings she has chaired and

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    Mayor-Elect Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc2021)


    When Mayor Michael Bloomberg put the prospect of nonpartisan or "open" primary elections before voters in 2003, Eric Adams was a vocal supporter of the shift. This year, when Adams narrowly won the Democratic primary and, in part thanks to Democrats' overwhelming voter enrollment advantage, sailed to victory in the general election to become the next mayor himself, he's been much quieter on the topic. That's because he no longer supports it.

    When asked in a questionnaire from good

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    Mayor-Elect Eric Adams at City Hall (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    For new analysis of the results of the 2021 New York City elections and what's next for Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, host Ben Max of Gotham Gazette was joined for a conversation on MNN by Dr. Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, and Harry Siegel, senior editor at the Daily Beast and Daily News columnist (who are also co-hosts of the ...

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    Jumaane Williams (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    November 9, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Exploring a Run for Governor

    Jumaane Williams joined the show to discuss his reelection as Public Advocate, what he's watching for from Mayor-elect Eric Adams, his exploration of a run for Governor, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the

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


    Voter turnout in the 2021 New York City general election was slightly lower than the already-depressed 2017 and 2013 elections.

    Every four years, all of city government is on the ballot, including Mayor, other citywide offices, borough president positions, and the entire 51-seat City Council. This election was the first time since 2013 that most of those positions, including Mayor, were open due to term limits.

    This year, just under 20% of the 5.6 million registered New York City voters cast

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    Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    November 3, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down 2021 NYC Election Results & What Comes Next

    Bob Hardt, New York Political Director for Spectrum News, including NY1, joined the show to analyze Eric Adams' victory in the mayoral race and what comes next for the mayor-elect, other results of the 2021 New York City elections, and additional political themes.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

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    Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez with Mayor-elect Eric Adams (photo: @ydanis)


    November 3, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Backing Eric Adams & The Path Ahead

    City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez joined the show to discuss his support for Eric Adams' mayoral campaign, what he did to help Adams win the mayoralty, and what comes next.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

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    Eric Adams voting for himself for Mayor (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    Eric Adams, a moderate Democrat and former NYPD captain, was declared victorious on Tuesday in the 2021 mayoral election, making him set to become only the second Black mayor of New York City after David Dinkins won in 1989. Adams, the two-term Brooklyn borough president and former state senator, was projected by the Associated Press to win not long after polls closed at 9 p.m., with early returns showing him well ahead of Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa,

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    Eric Adams at a press conference with Mayor de Blasio (photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)


    Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor, is running on a combination of classic political charisma, a blue-collar background, and a host of promises to transform New York City.

    His nuanced approach to public safety and resume as a former cop and police reformer distinguished him in the Democratic primary, where he was among the more moderate candidates in a large field. In part because of his background and in part because the primary unfolded

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The road to City Hall (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayor's Office)


    Note (September 3, 2021): This article has been updated to reflect public matching funds payments to Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa of roughly $2 million and $2.6 million respectively. Those payments were announced by the city's Campaign Finance Board on September 2.

    Eric Adams has continued a robust fundraising operation since receiving the Democratic nomination for mayor, bolstering his chances of sailing smoothly to victory in the November general election against his long-shot

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    Eric Adams in Brooklyn (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    When Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the Democratic mayoral primary, to some it signalled a rebuke of the growing progressive movement in the city and called into question whether more left-wing candidates can win in communities of color. After recent years of electing an increasing number of progressives in local, state, and federal elections, New York City had chosen a moderate NYPD veteran and one-time Republican as its likely next mayor.

    Older Black and Latino voters flocked to

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


    With just three months to go, the November general election is looking increasingly one-sided as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee, has an overwhelming fundraising advantage over Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa and several independent candidates in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly seven to one.

    Adams, who officially launched his general election campaign last week, has raised more than $5.1 million in private

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    Eric Adams, the two-term Brooklyn borough president and Democratic mayoral nominee, kicked off his general election campaign on Monday with a rally at City Hall Park where he was endorsed by dozens of Democratic elected officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    “I'm going to work harder, intentional, determined," Adams said, standing with members of Congress, the state Legislature, the City Council and labor leaders. “I'm going to give New Yorkers the spirit that just as they get up every morning and fight for this city, you're going to have a

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    Kathryn Garcia (photo: @KGforNYC)


    When the New York City Board of Elections certified the results of the 2021 Democratic primary for mayor on Tuesday, it showed Kathryn Garcia losing to Eric Adams by just 7,197 votes. In the first citywide election using ranked-choice voting, the primary likely to determine the next mayor was decided by a difference of only 0.8%, with just over 942,000 Democratic votes cast.

    Garcia conceded the race two weeks prior, on July 7, congratulating Eric Adams for his win after she had defied virtually all

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    Spending on this year’s mayoral election has already surpassed the $100 million mark, according to the latest campaign finance reports that were filed on Friday. Those filings show fundraising and expenditures by the Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor, including the top eight Democratic mayoral candidates who made the televised debates, as well as independent expenditure groups, also known as political action committees (PACs), which spent for or against candidates.

    The top eight

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    Eric Adams with Ruben Diaz Jr, Ydanis Rodriguez, and others (photo: @ydanis)


    The Democratic mayoral primary is finally over. Over too is the ranked-choice vote counting process. We know enough for a preliminary analysis of how many Latinos voted and how, though those numbers will need to be fine-tuned after results have been certified and voter information updated.

    Here is what we know right now: In a crowded field, Eric Adams earned the greatest chunk of the Latino vote, especially in the Bronx, the only Latino-majority borough in the City of New

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    Eric Adams (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams emerged victorious last week in the Democratic mayoral primary and is very likely to become the next mayor of New York City. He ran a campaign largely focused on public safety, while weathering pointed attacks from his opponents on his record and vision for the city, which includes a wide variety of ideas on many issues. As several other candidates foundered, Adams sailed steadily to a narrow win, buoyed by a message that

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