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Mayor 2021

Mayor 2021

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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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     (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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    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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    Donna Jean, Ben Max, Howard Wolfson, Laura Nahmias, L. Joy Williams


    An expert panel gathered Thursday to analyze the Democratic primary for mayor and what comes next. At a free online event hosted by Citizens Union Foundation and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max, panelists Howard Wolfson (former deputy mayor, now education lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies), Laura Nahmias (former Daily News editorial board member, now writer of Fun City on Substack), and L. Joy Williams (political strategist, analyst, and activist) shared

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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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    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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    New York City voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Nearly 1 million New York City voters cast ballots in the mayoral primaries last month, according to unofficial results released by the New York City Board of Elections, marking the city's most participated-in local election in decades. While still low by historical standards, the turnout dwarfed the 2013 primaries -- the last mayoral race to have both Democratic and Republican primaries and no incumbent running -- by roughly 245,000 votes.

    Combined Democratic and

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    (l-r) Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley


    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams claimed victory in the Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday, with 50.5% of ranked-choice votes after almost all absentee votes were counted, beating former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia by one percentage point. He credited “an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers” for propelling him to victory.

    But both because of and in order to assemble that coalition, Adams was the beneficiary of the the second-most

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  • Breaking Down the Mayoral Primary Results, with Bob Hardt

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


    July 7, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down the Mayoral Primary Results, with Bob Hardt

    Bob Hardt, New York political director for Spectrum News, including NY1, joined the show to dissect the Eric Adams' win in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor, the larger race, and what comes next.

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

  • Jumaane Williams on the 2021 Primary Results & What Comes Next

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (photo: Neha Gautam/Office of the Public Advocate)


    July 7, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Jumaane Williams on the 2021 Primary Results & What Comes Next

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, on his way to a first full term in the citywide position, joined the show to discuss his goals for the future, addressing gun violence, Eric Adams' win in the Democratic primary for mayor, his relationship with Adams, and more.

    Listen to the

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    Eric Adams (photo: office of Eric Adams)


    With nearly every vote counted and the latest unofficial tallies for the June election released on Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took a seemingly insurmountable lead in the Democratic mayoral primary and claimed victory.

    Given the city’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage, Adams will be heavily favored in the general election against Republican Curtis Sliwa and is likely to become the second Black mayor of New York City. 

    The city Board of Elections on

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    June 30, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Analyzing the Mayor's Race While Awaiting Primary Results

    Top political consultants Stu Loeser and Neal Kwatra joined the show to break down the Democratic primary for mayor as the city awaits results.

    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 wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max & Murphy," and listen

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    Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, and Eric Adams


    The New York City Board of Elections on Wednesday released a corrected tabulation of preliminary, unofficial ranked-choice votes from the June mayoral and comptroller primary elections, a day after an initial release that included erroneous numbers. 

    On Tuesday, the BOE published an unofficial tally that included roughly 135,000 more ballots than were cast by primary night. The extra ballots were said to be left over from a test run prior to what was supposed to be the initial RCV runoff count

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    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    The New York City Board of Elections began tabulating preliminary, unofficial ranked-choice votes cast in this year’s primary elections on Tuesday, offering what was thought to be a glimpse of the possible result of races across the city even though more than 120,000 absentee ballots have yet to be counted at all. But not long after the BOE published its first preliminary ranked-choice runoff in the Democratic primaries for mayor and comptroller, it became evident that errors had been made and the

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    Kathryn Garca with Andrew Yang and supporters (photo: @KGforNYC)


    Kathryn Garcia still sees a path to becoming New York City’s next mayor, despite the fact that the initial tally of in-person Democratic primary votes puts her in third place behind Eric Adams and Maya Wiley. Garcia, like Wiley, is confident that her campaign is “on the pathway to victory” with 120,000-plus absentee votes still to be counted and the ranked-choice runoff to come, she told Gotham Gazette’s Ben Max as she reflected

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    Kathryn Garcia with supporters (photo: @KGforNYC)


    June 24, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: Kathryn Garcia Sees a Path to Victory

    Democratic mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia, in third place after the initial tally of in-person primary votes, joined the show to discuss her path to victory through absentee ballots and the ranked-choice runoff, key moments from her campaign, how she's adjusted to becoming a politician, and more.

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

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    The New York Times (photo: google images 2020)


    June 23, 2021 - Max Politics Podcast: The Power of New York Times Endorsements

    Mara Gay of the New York Times editorial board joined the show to react to the initial batch of vote tallies in the 2021 New York City primary elections and the role the editorial board played in its apparently powerful endorsements of Kathryn Garcia for Mayor, Brad Lander for Comptroller, and Alvin Bragg for Manhattan District Attorney.

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

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    Mayor votes (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Though voting in the Tuesday primary has concluded, the election is far from over. Absentee ballots have yet to be counted and ranked-choice votes have yet to be tabulated. While New Yorkers won’t know the final results from election night for possibly a few weeks, there are early unofficial results available and other notable numbers to watch.

    What we know so far is the first-rank votes of those who cast ballots in person, either through early voting or on primary day. In the race for mayor, about 750,000

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    Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales


    “A mom can just see it -- the potential, the promise, and the challenges to overcome -- so should a mayor,” said Maya Wiley, a Democratic candidate for mayor, in a campaign ad entitled Mom. It’s part of a slew of promotional material from Wiley promising to “save a generation of kids from the trauma of crime and injustice” and place her status as a mother central to the case she’s been making to voters.

    A number of Wiley’s campaign ads show a subheading beneath her name that reads: Civil Rights

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


    As the final vote in the consequential Democratic mayoral primary nears, controversy has erupted around the new ranked-choice voting (RCV) format and the tactics some campaigns are using to wrangle votes.

    Supporters of RCV have said the system forces candidates to seek a broader base of support. But after candidates Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang teamed up this past weekend in the hopes of being the second-round pick of each other's supporters, Eric Adams' campaign and its

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