Elvin Garcia did not get the City Council seat for which he ran. But, as he writes in this op-ed, he did gain a new respect for the people of the Bronx, for the capacity of established leaders to change and for the need to reform New York’s voting system.
After a 2017 New York City election season devoid of suspense, Elizabeth Crowley was on the on the wrong side of the only real drama on election night.
New York City has a problem, and it’s bigger than 2017 or the current mayor.
The concerns involve alleged acts of voter suppression, intimidation and electioneering at various District 40 polling sites. There are counter-charges as well.
This fall, veteran journalist Juan Gonzalez and respected scholar Joseph Viteritti each published revealing books about de Blasio’s life, his rise to power and the progress—and shortcomings—of his mayoralty. We sat down to share insights about where the mayor might be headed in a second term.
The 2017 election is in the books and, while there were few upsets, that doesn’t mean there weren’t surprises.
Margaret Chin took 49.9 percent of the vote; challenger Christopher Marte took 37 percent.
Mayor de Blasio was resoundingly re-elected. Almost every other incumbent was also safely returned to power. NYC’s government in 2018 will look much like it has for the past four years. But rising seas, term limits, population growth and federal cuts could reshape the city and its politics even if the voters did not.
Dueling endorsements, accusations of bigotry and a debate over old rap lyrics have characterized the contest between incumbent Eric Ulrich and challenger Michael Scala in a district covering Howard Beach, Ozone Park and part of the Rockaways.
Also, local reaction to the Texas shooting, and Anthony Weiner’s arrival at federal prison.
‘There are questions, however, about the degree to which the progressive mayor deserves credit for the city’s continued overall economic boom and to what extent de Blasio has really shrunk economic inequality beyond simply income.’ From our 2017 election partners.
‘As de Blasio seeks a likely reelection on Tuesday, budget watchdogs warn that the incumbent Democrat might face his biggest tests in a second term, to which there are no easy solutions.’ From our 2017 election coverage partners.
‘Despite signs of further improvement down the road, NYCHA continues to have major problems, including too many units still in disrepair, and there has been vocal pushback from residents concerning the administration’s willingness to lease NYCHA land to private developers.’ From our 2017 election partners.
Jabari Brisport is one of the few Green candidates and the only Socialist on any New York City ballot this year. But in a district where private, luxury development is stoking deep opposition, maybe that’s not a bad thing to be.
The incumbent came late and left a few minutes early, in protest.
In their first live show and their video debut, Max and Murphy gave their takes on 10 Things NYC Voters Should Think About On Election Day.
In our final ‘you ask, they answer’ feature, four Council candidates weigh in.
Candidates Make Closing Arguments … Research Sees Gentrification Hit to Latinos: Political Headlines for Nov. 6
It’s the final day of campaigning, but new findings on the impact of residential displacement size up the bigger fights that lie ahead.
It’s Election Eve. Have you made your list, and checked it twice?
Every Council race is important, and none are over until the voters have spoken and the polls are closed at 9 p.m. on Election Day. But it seems like these seven contests are the most competitive, and they will help shape the Council that deals with whoever is mayor for the next four years.
Newspapers and progressive organizations are getting behind Brian Cunningham in his bid to unseat incumbent Councilmember Mathieu Eugene.
The mayor and his Republican challenger are arguing over nomenclature and a relatively small number of crimes. The bigger issue is the way we’ve turned crime stats into a barometer on civic leadership.
Plus … bollards, bollards everywhere?
Plus, Comptroller Stringer releases an audit of the Board of Elections.
Yes, the debate stunk. Yes, the race has been uninspiring. Yes, it is still your civic duty to vote. So, better listen to Ben and Jarrett to figure out what to make of it all.
A flyer containing incendiary charges is circulating in a Lower Manhattan district where there’s a tight Council race. Many of the charges appear overstated or include falsehoods, while the accuracy of others are subject to interpretation.
A mayor who was not known for environmental advocacy when he took office has set ambitious goals for carbon reduction, zero waste and air quality. Advocates hope he’ll turn more of those plans into reality if he’s re-elected.
Yes, Virginia, some New York City campaign spending did make it to North Dakota.
Plus, the Council’s transportation chair calls for more bike-lane protections in the wake of the terrorist attack.