PolitiStat: The Numbers Behind New York City’s 2017 Municipal Election

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Updated Wednesday, November 8

24.3%

Estimated turnout for the 2017 election

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Tuesday, November 7

$132 million

Budget for the New York City board of elections

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Monday, November 6

22

Number of the 51 City Council districts where there is either just one candidate running or no Republican candidate

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Friday, November 3

145,437

Decrease in the number of people in New York living under the federal poverty level between 2013 and 2016, the latest year available, according to the American Community Survey.

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Thursday, November 2

140%

Increase in the property tax levy during Mayor Bloomberg’s time in office. It jumped 51 percent his first term, 25 percent in his second and 27 percent in his third. GOP mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis has criticized Mayor de Blasio for the 28 percent rise on his watch.

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Wednesday, November 1

198,156

Maximum viewership of a televised general-election mayoral debate in 2013, for the October 22nd matchup of Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio and his Republican counterpart, Joe Lhota. Their second and final meeting eight days later only attracted 174,695 viewers.

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Tuesday, October 31

84.3%

Share of New York City’s eligible population (5.4M people) that was registered to vote (4.6M active and inactive voters) in 2015, the last for which population statistics are available.

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Monday, October 30

49.9%

Share of donations to Mayor de Blasio’s 2017 campaign that came from people contributing the $4,950 maximum. They gave $2.985 million of the $5.981 million the mayor has raised so far.

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Friday, October 27

$44,650

Amount of campaign contributions to Mayor de Blasio for which Jona Rechnitz was an intermediary in the 2013 cycle.

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Thursday, October 26

$2.5B

Tax dollar value of the property-tax exemption granted to private institutions like religious facilities, cemeteries, hospitals and schools in 2017.

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Wednesday, October 25

72%

Share of the $39.5 million donated so far to 2017 campaigns that came in amounts of $1,000 or more.

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Tuesday, October 24

10.3%

Share of ballots in the 2013 general election for mayor cast for third-party candidates. Most went to support Democrat Bill de Blasio (Working Families) or Republican Joe Lhota (Conservative, Taxes 2 High, Students First) on second ballot lines. Only about 2.5 percent of the total vote (some 28,000 ballots) went for true third-party candidates, from Adolfo Carrion of the Independence party (8.675) to Michael Dilger from the Flourish party (55). Other parties represented were Green, Jobs & Education, Libertarian, Socialist Worker, Affordable Tmrw, Reform, Common Sense, Rent Is 2 Damn High, Tax Wall Street, School Choice, War Veterans and Freedom.

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Monday, October 23
 

211

Traffic fatalities in New York City in fiscal year 2017, a 26 percent decrease over fiscal 2014.

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Friday, October 20

40%

Share of background checks on city employees completed by the Department of Investigation withing 12 months, the agency’s target, in fiscal year 2017—the lowest percentage in at least 18 years.

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Thursday, October 19

78.8%billion

Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s combined margin of victory in his races to date (the 2009 primary and general and the 2013 general elections). Vance, who faces no competition on this year’s ballot, is under scrutiny for his fundraising in races that—apparently—he easily won.

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Wednesday, October 18

$185.6 billion

Total assets under management by the five New York City pension funds as of July 2017—a topic briefly discussed in Tuesday night’s comptroller debate

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Tuesday, October 17

26.8

Average class size in grade 6 in city schools during fiscal year 2017

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Monday, October 16

0.01%

Share of the city’s budget devoted to the office of public advocate in fiscal year 1994, the first year of its existence and the highest share it ever attainted (it was 0.004% in 2016). The first public advocate election debate is tonight.

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Friday, October 13

12

Number of police precincts (there are 77 in the city) that recorded not a single murder in 2016.

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Thursday, October 12

4.1

Infant deaths per 1,000 live births in New York City in Fiscal Year 2017. That is the lowest rate ever recorded in the city.

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Wednesday, October 11

142

Cases of fraud among the 1,207,650 IDNYC applications processed through Sept. 29, 2017.

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Tuesday, October 10

$22,862.87

Amount spent by 2017 municipal campaigns on voter registration—one twentieth of one percent of the $41 million spent in total so far.

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Friday, October 6

64%

Share of voters who told Quinnipiac pollsters that they don’t know enough about Nicole Malliotakis to have an opinion about her.

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Thursday, October 5

-10.10%

Fall in all crimes (major seven felonies, other felonies and misdemeanors) from 2013 through 2016.

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Wednesday, October 4

88.5%

Increase from fiscal year 2017 to fiscal year 2018 in municipal grants to the struggling Health + Hospitals system. State support is budgeted to shrink by a quarter over the same span.

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Tuesday, October 3

414,738

Number of uninsured patients treated at Health + Hospitals facilities in fiscal year 2017, a 13 percent decrease compared with fiscal year 2013.

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Monday, October 2

12

Number of fires during 2016 that registered five alarms or greater–the largest number of such incidents in at least three years.

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Friday, September 29

30.9%

Increase during the course of Mayor de Blasio’s tenure in the number of budgeted personnel associated with the mayoralty. There were 923 positions in fiscal year 2014; there are 1,209 now.

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Thursday, September 28

-13.46%

Decrease in total number of incidents reported from New York City schools to the state’s Violent and Disruptive Incident Report (VADIR) database from 2012-13 to 2015-16. Some offense categories increased dramatically, others fell just as far.

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Wednesday, September 27

$501,894

Total compensation in 2015, the last available year, for the head of Friends of the High Line, the organization associated with the park that Mayor de Blasio visited Tuesday.

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Tuesday, September 26

844,299

Total summonses processed by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings in fiscal year 2017, a 2 percent increase over FY16 and 42 percent higher than in FY2013.

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Monday, September 25

$438,292.12

Total contributions to federal candidates during the 2015-2016 cycle by people identifying the NFL, one of its affiliates or the Giants or Jets as their employer.

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Thursday, September 22

7

Number of co-sponsors to Councilmember Rafael Espinal Jr’s bill to require protective netting at baseball stadiums — a measure that has yet to get a committee hearing, although one has been scheduled for October 25.

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Wednesday, September 21

44% to 28%

Reported advantage of Mayor De Blasio over Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis in an internal Malliotakis poll, according to the NY Post.

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Tuesday, September 20

65% to 18%

Mayor De Blasio’s lead over Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis in a new NBC/Marist poll.

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Monday, September 19

49

Number of fatalities nationwide in 2015 in bus accidents like Monday’s tragedy in Flushing, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Overall, NTSB recorded just under 37,000 transportation deaths in ’15.

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Monday, September 18

200

Latest reported margin of votes separating Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Christopher Marte in the district 1 City Council primary.

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Friday, September 15

122

Latest reported margin of votes separating candidates Diana Ayala and Robert Rodriguez in the district 8 City Council primary.

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Thursday, September 14

82.5%

Bill de Blasio’s share of the Democratic primary vote in the Bronx, his best performance among the boroughs: Brooklyn (76%), Manhattan (71.5%), Queens (71.3%) and Staten Island (55.9%).

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Wednesday, September 13

14.1%

Estimated turnout in the 2017 Democratic mayoral primary.

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Tuesday, September 12

122,018

Number of New York State votes prevented from casting ballots under the state’s felon disenfranchisement laws, according to the New York City Council.

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Monday, September 11

$1 million

Amount transferred by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association to its independent spending account—the biggest contribution so far in 2017. The PBA has spent $28,900 each supporting Mark Gjonaj, Peter Koo and Francisco Moya and $41,628 backing Robert Rodriguez with ads that praise the candidates’ support for tenants, commuters and reproductive rights, among other issues. (Ted Hamm)

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Sunday, September 10

10 years, 9 months, 17 days

Difference in life expectancy at birth between Upper East Side (85.9 years) and Brownsville (75.1 years).

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Saturday, September 9

11,151

Number of emergency ballots used in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary, along with absentee ballots (18,452) and affidavit ballots (9,442)—meaning about one in 20 votes cast were not registered by machine.

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Friday, September 8

14,078

Number of contributions the came in at $10 or less to city candidates so far in the 2017 cycle, totaling $119,587.68—representing 14 percent of donations, and 0.3 percent of money raised.

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Thursday, September 7

840

Number of statues and monuments listed in the NYC Parks Department database.

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Wednesday, September 6

21.7%

Fall in the year-to-date number of murders in New York City in 2017 compared with 2016, as of August 27.

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Tuesday, September 5

$5,626,516.12

Amount of campaign donations so far during the 2017 election cycle from candidates, their spouses or families. In the entire 2013 cycle the figure was $22,884,840.80, thanks largely to self-financed runs by Eliot Spitzer and John Catsimatidis.

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Friday, September 1

1,605

Number of arson fires in FY2016 in New York City, down from 1,766 two years earlier.

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Thursday, August 31

$162,609.19

Donations to 2017 campaigns by other candidates’ committees.

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Wednesday, August 30

14,291

Number of violations issued to businesses in FY2016 by the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs, a 20 percent increase over the previous year.

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Tuesday, August 29

$21 billion

Amount of money redistributed from wealthier New Yorkers to less affluent ones during the first three years of the de Blasio administration, per Juan Gonzalez’s new book, “Reclaiming Gotham.”.

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Monday, August 28

$4.8 million

Amount spent so far this election season by city candidates on fundraising. It amounts to 16.5 percent of total spending so far..

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Friday, August 25

179

Number of NYPD officers assigned to patrol commands who had two or more substantiated CCRB cases or were found to have used excessive force in the last three years, were the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation that resulted in a suspension in the last five years, or were arrested for conduct related to their job in the last 10 years, as of September 27, 2016.

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Thursday, August 24

18.9%

Share of New York City garbage diverted for recycling in fiscal year 2016

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Wednesday, August 23

47.1

Gap between the percentage of Asian and Black New York City students grades 3-8 scoring proficiently on state math tests in 2017.

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Tuesday, August 22

$639,273

Private donations received by Assemblyman and district 13 Council candidate Mark Gjonaj, the largest haul of any active Council candidate this year.

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Monday, August 21

287,797

Number of families on NYCHA’s waiting list for public housing, according to the authority’s draft FY2018 Annual Plan. Another 156,822 are on the waiting list for Section 8.

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Friday, August 18

1,374

Number of people who died in New York City in 2016 from unintentional drug overdoses.

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Wednesday, August 16

14,690

Number of “unrecorded votes” in the 2013 general mayoral election.

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Tuesday, August 15

12,892

Number of New York City public high-school students in the class of 2016 (17.6 percent of the total) still enrolled as of August of their fourth year, per the most recent data from NYC DOE.

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Monday, August 14

72.80%

Share of city residences within a quarter-mile of a park

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Friday, August 11

18 to 39 inches

Predicted range for sea-level rise in the New York City area by the year 2080

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Thursday, August 10

4174

Street cave-in reports in New York City in fiscal 2016

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Wednesday, August 9

$660,799

Money left in Anthony Weiner’s 2013 mayoral account—meaning he has more cash on hand than any candidate running in this year’s race other than Bill de Blasio

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Tuesday, August 8

45,569

Acres of land solicited by the Department of Environmental Protection in fiscal 2016 to protect the city’s watersheds

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Monday, August 7

$39,299,527

Spending on television ads by municipal candidates in the 2013 election cycle.

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Friday, August 4

$15,938,723

Spending by PACs and other independent entities to support or oppose candidates in the 2013 campaign. So far this year, only $71,156 in such spending has been recorded by the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

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Thursday, August 3

3,545,170,600

Annual passenger trips on New York City Transit, more than the next 14 largest U.S. transit systems combined.

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Wednesday, August 2

17%

Increase in the average daily count of homeless families in city shelters from January 2014 to June 2017

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Tuesday, August 1

55,337

Number of child abuse or neglect investigations carried out by the Administration for Children’s Services in fiscal 2016.

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Monday, July 31

$3,053,649

Loans taken out by New York City campaigns so far this year. While 37 candidates have reported loans to the Campaign Finance Board, 88 percent of the total is owed by just five candidates: Paul Massey (1,610,000), Rocky De La Fuente (600,000), Michael Tolkin (225,000), Michel Faulkner (142,625) and Bo Dietl (100,000).

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Friday, July 28

61,393

The number of Department of Buildings violations issued in fiscal year 2016—a 25 percent decrease from two years earlier.

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Thursday, July 27

546

The number of arrests resulting from New York City Department of Investigations inquiries in fiscal year 2016.

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Wednesday, July 26

950,035

The number of New York City households receiving SNAP benefits as of May 2017. That was 60,000 fewer than when Mayor de Blasio took office.

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Tuesday, July 25

20,957

The number of malicious false alarms recorded by the FDNY is calendar 2016, equal to about 3.6 percent of total runs.

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Monday, July 24

1,441

The number of write-in votes in the 2013 general election for mayor. Recipients included Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, the fictional Alex P. Keaton and former Mayor Ed Koch, who died nine months before the election.

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Friday, July 21

1,659

Number of New York City households whose home-heating fuel was wood, per the 2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Only 947 used solar. More than 2,000 burned coal.

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Thursday, July 20

5

The number of New York City Council members who, according to the latest Board of Elections reports, are running completely unopposed this year.

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Wednesday, July 19

63.2%

On-time performance, year-to-date, by New York City Transit. Their target was 75 percent.

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Tuesday, July 18

$1,796,144.63

Amount of money raised by Mayor de Blasio’s campaign from outside New York City.

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Monday, July 17

780,226

The number of registered, active New York City voters whose registration is recorded as “blank.” The total number of Republicans and third-party registrants is about 615,500.

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