De Blasio Said To Be Weighing In As Speaker’s Race Speeds Forward

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections

The jockeying for New York City Council speaker began last night at the Somos El Futuro conference in San Juan, with sources generally indicating that it is largely a three-horse race between Council members Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Mark Weprin. Insiders with knowledge of the Council’s inner workings say that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is beginning to lean on certain Council members in favor of Mark-Viverito, the co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, whose election as Speaker would reflect the diversity that de… [More]

SEIU1199 Election Day Operation Seals The Deal

Written by Azure Gilman on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

SEIU1199 Healthcare Workers East was out in full force on Tuesday in all five New York City boroughs to get out the vote for a roster of Democratic candidates, including Letitia James, Scott Stinger, and most importantly, Bill de Blasio. Since the union threw its support behind de Blasio in May, it has spent $197,430.32 in radio, newspaper and Internet advertisements (including a promoted tweet or two) for de Blasio, and an extra $21,315 for flyers that include de Blasio along… [More]

Michael Ryan Answers All of Your Election Day Board of Election Questions (VIDEO)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Video

City & State caught up with New York City Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan on Tuesday evening at a polling place on the Upper West Side and asked him about the problems in Brooklyn, whether the Board could have done more to address the problems with the small font on the ballot and everything else you wanted to know about the Board of Elections’ performance (but were afraid to ask!).… [More]

Mancuso vs. Matteo: Staten Island Council Race Hinges on Voter Turnout

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Latest, News

One of the more competitive races in New York City today is the battle to replace term-limited Staten Island Councilman Jimmy Oddo. Both Democrat John Mancuso and Republican Steve Matteo are credible candidates running in what many describe as a “swing” district, despite Republicans controlling the Council seat for the last 20 years. Democrats have an 8,000-plus registration advantage over Republicans in Council District 50, but that number belies the politics in the borough, where voters tend to deviate from… [More]

Tottenville Voters Split on De Blasio and Lhota With Little Enthusiasm For Either

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Latest, News

The old “flip-a-coin” Election Day edict seems to be holding true in Tottenville, Staten Island, where most voters seem to be favoring Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota over Democrat Bill de Blasio, though their lack of enthusiasm for the former MTA chairman is palpable. Staten Island is a crucial borough for Lhota if he has any chance of pulling off a monumental upset in today’s election. Typically the most conservative of New York City’s five boroughs, Staten Island was a bugaboo… [More]

NYPIRG: Voter Complaint Calls Fewer Than On Primary Day

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Latest, News, Video

Neal Rosenstein, NYPIRG’s government reform coordinator, said the number of calls to the NYPIRG/Common Cause NY voter hotline are down compared to Primary Day, as of noon on Election Day. In a Last Look video interview with Morgan Pehme, Rosenstein said the hotline had received a disproportionate number of calls from Brooklyn’s 52nd Assembly District. “There are 29 polling sites in the 52nd AD. Nine of them reported problems to us. And we certainly don’t get a call from every… [More]

Standing With Lhota, Giuliani Calls de Blasio Campaign “Racist”

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

On the final day of campaigning in the New York City mayoral race, Republican nominee Joe Lhota brought out a heavy hitter to help him greet voters and shore up support in his campaign against Democrat Bill de Blasio: former mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Holding court with reporters, Lhota said it was “very important” to him to have Giuliani by his side, and largely let his former boss dominate the conversation. Giuliani was asked whether his reputation in minority communities might… [More]

Barry: The Case For Nonpartisan Elections

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Video

Frank Barry, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s director of public affairs, discusses his recent op-ed in the Daily News that makes the case for nonpartisan voting, and weighs in on Bloomberg’s greatest speech in office. Barry argued that there is a lack of competition in general elections, allowing a small number of primary voters to determine the outcome of races, which alienates independents. “Independents, who are the fastest growing group of voters, who make up about 20 percent of the electorate, all… [More]