Gotham Gazette

The Place for New York Policy and politics

Mayor 2021

Mayor 2021

  • Dianne Morales rally

    Dianne Morales (photo via Morales campaign)


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

    Dianne Morales officially entered the mayoral race in November as a political neophyte, with no past campaign or governing experience. But in the year leading up to her campaign launch and in nearly five months since, she has built a political movement that has defied expectations and displayed the staying power to remain in the top tier

    ...
  • 5 takeaways debate

    The first Democratic mayoral debate


    Eight Democratic mayoral candidates took the virtual stage on Thursday for the first of three official televised debates leading up to the June primary. Over the course of two hours, the candidates offered thoughts and plans on public safety, reviving the city’s economy, school desegregation, housing, homelessness, and more. The debate was mostly civil, likely in part because of the virtual format, but candidates did occasionally lob pointed critiques at each other, previewing the direction the race may take over the

    ...
  • cq bt mash

    Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson


    May 12, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Christine Quinn & Bill Thompson on Running for Mayor

    Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson, former top city government officials and candidates for Mayor, joined the show to reflect on their experiences and give insights into this year's mayoral election.

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

    ...
  • previewing mayor debate

    The first 2013 debate, on NY1 (photo: pool/August 2013)


    May 12, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Previewing the First Official 2021 Mayoral Debate

    Bob Hardt, New York political director for Spectrum News and long-time political director at NY1, joined the show to preview the first official debate of the 2021 mayoral race, which will take place Thursday May 13 at 7pm on NY1 and include eight Democratic candidates

    ...
  • 2 essential adams

    Eric Adams endorsed by 32BJ (photo: @ericadamsfornyc)


    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has amassed a wealth of support from labor unions as he runs for mayor, competing almost solely with Comptroller Scott Stringer for the label of “labor candidate” in the crowded primary field of Democrats. It is one key part of the coalition Adams is trying to build to prevail in the June primary, and he’s hoping that his support from organized labor will come through with crucial help in the final weeks of a hotly-contested race where Adams and entrepreneur

    ...
  • 1 mayor candidates 5

    (l-r) Shaun Donovan, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Dianne Morales, Scott Stringer


    At a virtual forum on Thursday night, four of the leading Democratic candidates for mayor in the June primary weighed in on issues affecting New York City’s large immigrant population, including housing, education, employment, and participation in the political process.

    Hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), one of the largest immigrant advocacy groups in the state, the forum was the first one focused solely on immigrants and was simultaneously

    ...
  • sliwa mateo gop

    Fernando Mateo, left and Curtis Sliwa


    With under 50 days until primary day, June 22, the race to become the next Mayor of New York City has been picking up steam, though far greater attention continues to be on the crowded and competitive Democratic primary, in large part because it is likely to choose the next mayor based on the party’s very heavy (nearly 8 to 1) voter enrollment advantage. But New York had two mayors elected as Republicans who led the city for five terms from 1994 through 2013, and there is a competitive GOP primary this year, open to the

    ...
  • 7 weeks go

    City Hall for an inauguration (photo: mayor's office)


    May 5, 2021 - Max & Murphy Podcast: The State of the Mayoral Race with 7 Weeks To Go

    With just under seven weeks until primary day, June 22, Max & Murphy dove into the state of the race for Mayor, joined by David Freedlander of New York Magazine on Scott Stringer's sexual misconduct scandal, then Sally Goldenberg of Politico New York on the larger landscape of the Democratic primary.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know ...

  • holds media avail

    Kathryn Garcia at City Hall (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)


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

    Kathryn Garcia has spent well over a decade serving New York City at the top ranks of municipal government and has built a reputation as a crisis manager. Resigning last year from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, where she headed the Department of Sanitation among several other roles, she is now

    ...
  • Maya Wiley award City Council

    Maya Wiley (photo: John McCarten/City Council)


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

    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

    ...
  • us bernie choose

    Inauguration Day at City Hall (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    It's often said being Mayor of New York City is the second toughest job in America. The challenges of governing our nation's largest city are enormous, especially now in the wake of COVID-19, the racial justice movement, and increased crime and unemployment. And as the city seems to be tilting even more to the "progressive" left, I'm reminded of the sage advice of one of our greatest mayors, Fiorello LaGuardia, that "there's no Democratic or Republican way to pick up the

    ...
  • sara tirschwell camp

    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

    ...
  • 1 barbara kavovit intab

    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 inter view is part of a series produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network

    ...
  • 2 cleopatra fitzgerald edit

    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

    ...
  • 3 staceyprussman2

    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

    ...
  • 5mashup 27

    (l-r) Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Shaun Donovan, & Dianne Morales all appear on track for matching funds


    The top tier of candidates in this year’s Democratic primary for New York City mayor continues coming into focus through a variety of metrics, including the latest campaign finance filings, which help indicate which candidates have gained traction with voters and will have the financial means to compete ahead of the June vote. In the heavily Democratic city, the party’s primary winner is the odds-on-favorite to become the city’s next

    ...
  • Gotham Gazette:

    (top: Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Ray McGuire; bottom: Eric Adams, Dianne Morales, Maya Wiley, Scott Stringer)


    Eight leading Democratic candidates in the race for mayor appeared in the first televised mayoral forum of the 2021 race to share their policy proposals for tackling housing and homelessness in New York City. The discussion had a particular focus on the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, which has added a new layer of concern regarding homelessness, evictions, rent and mortgage debt, housing segregation, affordable and

    ...
  • 4x4mashup mash

    (l-r) top: Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Ray McGuire; bottom: Eric Adams, Dianne Morales, Maya Wiley, Scott Stringer


    The New York City Campaign Finance Board on Thursday announced the schedule for debates in the races for mayor and comptroller ahead of the June primary and fall general elections. Debates in the Democratic and Republican primaries for mayor and the Democratic primary for comptroller will kick off beginning May 13.

    Given thresholds for participation, that first official, televised debate in the

    ...
  • gage yang attendees

    Andrew Yang (photo: Gage Skidmore )


    Andrew Yang, a Democrat running for Mayor in the 2021 election, joined MNN's "Decision NYC with Ben Max" for an in-depth discussion of his candidacy for the city's top job. This interview is part of a series produced by Manhattan Neighborhood

    ...
  • mayor cha sch

    Pandemic education (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Leading Democratic candidates for mayor have appeared at several recent forums to outline their priorities on education and the possibility of running the country’s largest school system, as well as their strategies for achieving those aims. Discussion at the various forums, hosted by a number of diverse groups, was often focused on how the mayoral hopefuls would shape equitable and inclusive educational policy for New York City students, especially amid the fallout of the coronavirus

    ...
  • video affo cons

    Housing plans in motion (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)


    In the latest video brief on key issues facing New York City and at the center of the 2021 city elections, hosts Ben Max and Jarrett Murphy discuss housing, including the them es of housing development, neighborhood rezonings, affordable housing, homelessness, and NYCHA public housing. Watch:

  • exe blr ch

    Budget work (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography)


    Of the endless forums that are being held in the mayoral primary race, the only one that has specifically focused on the City’s fiscal situation and budget was the one last week held by the Citizens Budget Commission, my former organization. (You can watch it here, or read Gotham Gazette’s detailed summary ...

  • 3 flcmc remarks

    Housing (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Nine leading candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to be New York City’s next mayor appeared at a recent virtual forum to offer their stances on issues critical to tenants. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are renters, which means the forum provided candidates a crucial opportunity to impress a large and important group of voters with their policy ideas to solve the city’s housing problems, especially amid a pandemic that has exacerbated existing inequities.

    At the February 27 forum

    ...
  • mateo the mayor

    Fernando Mateo (photo: Mateo campaign)


    Fernando Mateo, a Republican running for Mayor in the 2021 election, joined MNN's "Decision NYC with Ben Max" for an in-depth discussion of his candidacy for the city's top job. This interview is part of a series ...

  • mayor attend ceremony

    Housing underway (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    We as a city spend $3 billion annually on shelters -- including renting hotel rooms -- that fail to provide the services New Yorkers experiencing homelessness need. 

    These band-aid solutions don’t work. They’ve never worked. Before COVID-19, more than half of New Yorkers were paying more than 30% of their income on

    ...