Election 2017: Who’s Who in the Race for Mayor?

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Karla Ann Cote and courtesy Twitter

Some of the runners, clockwise from top left: Mayor de Blasio, Scott Joyner, Kevin Coenen, Paul Massey, Ahsan Syed, Sal Albanese.

While all 51 City Council seats, five borough presidencies and three citywide offices (comptroller, public advocate and mayor) are on the ballot in 2017, there don’t seem to be many competitive races so far.

But whether it is a neck-and-neck contest or ends in a landslide, the mayoral election always represents a statement of the city’s mood and values. And while they haven’t received a lot of press or made much of a dent in the polls, several people have stepped to argue that they, rather than Mayor de Blasio, represents the direction New York City needs to take.

Below is basic information about the people who are registered as active candidates with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. As people leave or join the race, and as more information becomes available, we’ll update this page. If you see a resource we should add or know of a candidate we’re neglecting, let us know.

 

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Sal F. Albanese
Bio: An attorney and financial adviser, Albanese was a New York City Councilmember from 1983-1997. During his term, he passed the 1996 New York City Living Wage bill and advocated for gay rights and increased community policing. After two failed mayoral bids in 1997 and 2013, Albanese joins the race again for the 2017 election.
Party: Democratic
Twitter: @SalAlbaneseNYC
@SalAlbaneseNYC
Campaign Website
Google News Search
Campaign finance info

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Darren D. Aquino:
Bio: Mostly known for his acting career, Aquino joins the mayoral race after expressing his desire to “#makenewyorkgreatagain.” He has been a public speaker on behalf of disabled Americans and is running on a platform that includes creating jobs and eliminating crime.
Party: Republican
Twitter: @Aquino4mayor @Aquino4mayor
Google News Search
Campaign finance info

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Eric W. Armstead
Bio: Currently a security manager, Armstead wants to create more toll bridges to combat drug and guns being illegally smuggled, according to an interview with City & State. Living in affordable housing himself, he also wants to institute a tax credit for renters and improve their communities.
Party: Undeclared
Google News Search
Campaign finance info

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Tony Avella: ***Avella suspended his campaign for mayor on May 4***
Bio: A former City Councilmember who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for mayor in 2009, Avella represents eastern Queens in the State Senate, where he is a member of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. He announced his bid for mayor outside a hotel where de Blasio was set to move homeless families despite neighborhood opposition.
Party: Democratic
Twitter: @TonyAvella
Facebook: tonyavellaforNewYork
Campaign website
Google News Search: Tony Avella
Campaign finance info
Legislation he’s introduced

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Garrett M. Bowser
Campaign finance info

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Kevin P. Coenen Jr.
Bio: Running on the platform that “there is only one hope for change,” Coenen plans to pivot from his career as a firefighter to win the 2017 mayoral election. His agenda includes raising minimum wage, unifying the education system and fighting the widespread corruption he says is present in the city.
Party: Democratic
Twitter: @Coenen2017
Facebook: Coenen2017
Campaign website
Google News search
Campaign finance info

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Bill de Blasio
Bio: A one-time aide to Mayor David Dinkins and the manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 race for Senate, de Blasio served in the New York City Council from 2002 through 2009 and as the city’s Public Advocate from 2010 through 2013. Elected by an overwhelming margin to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor, de Blasio has positioned himself as a national progressive leader.
Party: Democratic
Twitter: @billdeblasio
Facebook: NYCMayor
Campaign website
Google News Search
Campaign finance info

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Richard A. Dietl
Bio: A former NYPD detective who now runs a private investigation firm, his agenda includes getting rid of bike lanes and cleaning the streets of the homeless who he says have turned the city into “a giant toilet bowl.”
Party: Independent
Twitter: @BoDietl
Facebook: bodietl
Campaign website
Google News search
Campaign finance info

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Michael Faulkner ***Faulkner ended his mayoral run and announced his intention to run for comptroller instead on May 7***
Bio: After playing a season with the New York Jets, Faulkner started his own church in Harlem. He served on a task force for police-community relations under Mayor Guiliani. His agenda include controlling the budget, reducing crime and increasing the amount of affordable housing.
Party: Republican
Twitter: @michaelfaulknerFacebook
Campaign website
Google News search
Campaign finance info

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Robert Gangi
Bio: A lifelong advocate for criminal justice reform, Gangi is the former executive director of the New York Correctional Association and the founder of the Police Reform Organizing Project.
Party: Democratic
Twitter: @GangiForMayor
Facebook
Google News search
Campaign finance info

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Scott Joyner
Bio: Joyner is a community advocate and service-sector worker.
Facebook
Twitter:@joyner4mayor
Campaign finance info

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Nicole Malliotakis
Bio: Malliotakis is a Republican Assemblywoman from Staten Island.
Official Assembly page
Legislation sponsored
Campaign website
Facebook
Twitter:@NMalliotakis
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Paul J. Massey Jr.
Bio: Currently a real estate executive at Cushman & Wakefield, Massey first entered the corporate world with Massey Knakl Realty Services in 1988, which would later become one of the largest of its kind in the country. His campaign website says that Massey is running to “deliver the leadership that works for the people of New York City.”
Party: Republican
Twitter: @MasseyForMayor
Facebook
Campaign website
Google News search
Campaign finance info

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Jimmy McMillan
Bio: Known for his “Rent Is Too Damn High” party, McMillan returns to the NYC mayoral race on the same platform. Last year, McMillan announced that he was retiring from politics. He previously ran for both mayor and governor of New York but was unsuccessful each time. He wants to reduce the cost of living in the city.
Party: Republican
Campaign website
Blog
Google News search
Campaign finance info

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Collin J. Slattery
Bio: Slattery describes himself as an entrepreneur, writer, golf fanatic and proud millennial.
Twitter: @CJSlattery
Campaign finance info

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Ahsan Syed
Bio: Syed says he is the first Muslim candidate for New York City mayor and his platform emphasizes religious freedom, women’s rights and school reform.
Twitter: @endorsenyc
Campaign finance info

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Mike Tolkin
Bio: Only 32 years old, Tolkin wants to create more jobs, reduce the city’s homeless population, and improve social services. He is currently the CEO of a virtual reality technology company called Ultro Labs. He says that the city needs “broad, long-term,” plans to solve its problems.
Facebook
Campaign website
Google News search
Campaign finance info

6 thoughts on “Election 2017: Who’s Who in the Race for Mayor?

  1. Tony Avella is the only hope for the NYC middle-class. He’s a native New Yorkers who has represented a Queens middle-class neighborhood for years.

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