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Mayor 2021

Mayor 2021

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    Curtis Sliwa (photo: Guardian Angels)


    April 21, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Curtis Sliwa on His Run for Mayor

    Curtis Sliwa, a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor, joined the podcast to discuss his campaign ahead of the June primaries.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter @TweetBenMaxand @JarrettMurphy. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below

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    Fernando Mateo (photo: Mateo campaign)


    April 21, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Fernando Mateo on His Run for Mayor

    Fernando Mateo, a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor, joined the podcast to discuss his campaign ahead of the June primaries.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter @TweetBenMaxand @JarrettMurphy. You can listen to the show through the embedded

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    Voters (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    The Democratic Party in New York has consistently grown its voter base over the years and has also drawn previously party-unaffiliated and Republican voters to its ranks. In the last year alone, more than 88,000 voters who either had no party registration (“independents”) or were registered with the Republican Party switched their affiliation to the Democrats, potentially creating a new bloc of voters that candidates may seek to woo in races such as the crowded and competitive primary

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    Betsy Head Park in Brownsville (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Four candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to become New York City’s next mayor appeared at a virtual forum Monday night to share their visions for the future of the city’s parks and open spaces. The coronavirus pandemic has both added attention to the importance of the city’s parks and had a negative impact on its green spaces, which have a history of under-investment, neglect, and inequitable distribution across the five boroughs. New Yorkers’ increased demand for open space during covid

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    Mayor de Blasio pushes pre-K (photo: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Just three months into his first term in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio was successful in convincing the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve funding for universal pre-kindergarten, still his signature accomplishment after more than seven years in office. It was his boldest policy proposal as a mayoral candidate, one that he talked about incessantly throughout his 2013 campaign, along with the tax increase on high-earners that he wanted to pay

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    Andrew Yang campaigning (photo: @AndrewYang)


    Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur and former presidential candidate, has emerged as the apparent frontrunner in the 2021 Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, though the race is just now entering its final two months when candidates will spend many millions of dollars, voters will start paying closer attention, and anything can happen. While Yang’s popularity and panache for retail campaigning, as well as his proclivity to commit political gaffes with little apparent consequence, have been the subject of intense

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    Seniors at a pre-pandemic party (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Earlier this week, various groups co-hosted a virtual forum with leading Democratic candidates for New York City Mayor on aging issues in New York City. The discussion was moderated by City Limits editor-at-large and Max & Murphy podcast co-host Jarrett Murphy, and co-hosted by City Limits, LiveOn NY, AARP New York, New York Academy of Medicine, United Neighborhood House, Citymeals on Wheels, and Hunter Brookdale Center for Healthy

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    Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales


    The top tier of the Democratic primary field in this year’s race to be the next Mayor of New York City just became all the more competitive as several candidates received much-needed infusions of public matching funds on Thursday through the city’s campaign finance program. 

    The New York City Campaign Finance Board’s voluntary public funds program matches small dollar donations to encourage candidates to reach out to a broader swathe of voters and to avoid the pitfalls of fewer wealthier

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    Maya Wiley (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


    Maya Wiley has an extensive and diverse resume, working inside and mostly outside of government, but has never run for office before this year, when she is seeking to become the first woman and second Black person ever elected Mayor of New York City.

    Undoubtedly in the top tier of the crowded Democratic field hurtling toward the June primary likely to decide the next mayor, Wiley has raised a significant amount of money and qualified for millions in public matching funds, received a number of

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    (l-r) GOP mayoral candidates: Curtis Sliwa, Sara Tirschwell, Fernando Mateo


    UPDATE: not long after the publication of this article, Sara Tirschwell's bid to get on the Republican primary ballot failed, which she blamed on challenges from Fernando Mateo's allies, announcing the end of her campaign and her support for Curtis Sliwa. The information on Tirschwell has been moved to the bottom of the piece and other edits have been made for accuracy based on the updated information. The GOP mayoral primary now appears to be a

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    A Warby Parker event (photo: Demetrius Freeman/Mayor's Office)


    This past week, advocacy group Tech:NYC and glasses company Warby Parker, among others, co-hosted a forum with seven leading Democratic candidates for mayor, who appeared one at a time to answer questions from Business Insider columnist Josh Barro about the city’s future and their agendas.

    The participating candidates, in order of appearance, were entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former federal housing

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    UFT President Michael Mulgrew (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) invited the “final four” Democratic candidates for mayor it is considering endorsing in this year’s election to a public forum on Wednesday as the New York City teachers union determines which of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Comptroller Scott Stringer, civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang it will back in the primary set for June.

    Union leaders and the candidates covered a range of topics, including charter

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    Dianne Morales (photo via campaign)


    Promising a “platform for radically shaping our future through policies centered around dignity, care and solidarity,” Dianne Morales is widely considered among the top eight Democratic mayoral candidates in this year’s race to succeed term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Morales’ professional background is in nonprofit work and education. For the past decade before leaving the position to run for mayor, she worked as CEO and Executive Director of Phipps Neighborhoods, a Bronx social services organization. Describing

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    Voters on line to vote (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    In 2013, when Bill de Blasio emerged victorious in the Democratic primary and went on to win his first term as mayor, there were 3.14 million Democrats registered to vote in the city. Since then, nearly 620,000 more voters have registered as Democrats, bolstering the party’s rolls for the upcoming June primary, the election likely to determine de Blasio’s successor and the first-ever citywide contest using ranked-choice voting.

    A crowded field of Democrats has emerged,

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    Coastline protections (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Eight leading Democratic candidates for New York City mayor have shared their visions and strategies for prioritizing the city’s hundreds of miles of coastline as part of their climate change and economic recovery plans and in response to a survey conducted by Waterfront Alliance, a coalition of activists, businesses, and organizations, in partnership with the Rise to Resilience coalition.

    The candidates — Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Ray

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    Scott Stringer (photo: Stringer 2013)


    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is the only candidate in this year’s Democratic primary for mayor who can boast of having won a citywide race. But after many years laying the groundwork for a mayoral run and now in his eighth and final year as the city’s chief fiscal watchdog, he isn’t making the kind of splash in the 2021 race that most observers and even his campaign had expected.

    Though according to a new poll half of likely Democratic voters remain undecided and the final three months of the race before

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    Bus riding in NYC (photo: Edwin J Torres/Mayor's Office)


    Leading Democratic candidates for mayor discussed their ideas and beliefs on the future of transportation in New York City at a forum this past Thursday.

    “Safe, Equitable, and Accessible Streets: A Mayoral Forum on the Future of Transportation” was co-hosted by transit advocacy groups Riders Alliance, Transportation Alternatives, Regional Plan Association, Straphangers Campaign, Families for Safe Streets, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and StreetsPAC. The forum

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    Sara Tirschwell (photo via Tirschwell campaign)


    Sara Tirschwell, a Republican running for Mayor in the 2021 election, joined MNN's "Decision NYC with Ben Max" for an in-depth discussion of her candidacy for the city's top job. This interview is part of a series produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette. Watch:

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    Barbara Kavovit (photo via campaign)


    Barbara Kavovit, a Democrat running for Mayor in the 2021 election, joined MNN's "Decision NYC with Ben Max" for an in-depth discussion of her candidacy for the city's top job. This interview is part of a series produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette. Watch:

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    Cleopatra Fitzgerald (photo via campaign)


    Cleopatra Fitzgerald, a Democrat running for Mayor in the 2021 election, joined MNN's "Decision NYC with Ben Max" for an in-depth discussion of her candidacy for the city's top job. This interview is part of a series produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette. Watch:

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    Stacey Prussman (photo via campaign)


    Stacey Prussman, a Libertarian running for Mayor in the 2021 election, joined MNN's "Decision NYC with Ben Max" for an in-depth discussion of her candidacy for the city's top job. This interview is part of a series produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Gotham Gazette. Watch:

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    New York City voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    With just under three months until the conclusion of the June Democratic mayoral primary, which is likely to determine who will be the next mayor of New York City, half of likely Democratic voters remain undecided about their choice of candidate, according to a new poll released Wednesday. 

    Entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang continues to lead the crowded pack of candidates per the poll of 800 likely voters, which was conducted by phone March 15-18 by Fontas

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    Health care and public health are key issues in the 2021 election (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    In this video brief (find others here) on the top issus in the 2021 New York City elections, hosts Jarrett Murphy and Ben Max discuss key topics related to public health and health care that are on the agenda in the race for mayor and other offices. Watch:

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    8 leading Democratic mayoral candidates


    During a forum Wednesday night hosted by VOCAL-NY, leaders of the statewide grassroots group questioned eight leading Democratic candidates on their plans to tackle the intersecting issues of drug policy, homelessness, and policing. The forum was centered around the group’s newly-unveiled “Caring & Compassionate New Deal for NYC” report, which calls on elected officials to adopt a new framework for addressing

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    (l-r) GOP mayoral candidates Fernando Mateo, Curtis Sliwa, Sara Tirschwell, Bill Pepitone


    With just three months to go till the June 22 primary, a small field of Republicans have declared their campaigns for mayor. They are trying to succeed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, a two-term Democrat, and return the city to the type of Republican leadership it had for 20 years before de Blasio took office in 2014. While it’s a steep climb given the city’s overwhelming Democratic voter enrollment advantage, several Republicans are eager to become the party’s general election

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