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Who will be NYC’s next mayor?

With Mayor Bill de Blasio stepping down due to term limits, all eyes are on the race to be the the city’s next chief executive.

The city’s 110th mayor will have their work cut out for them as they’ll be expected to lead the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while tackling racial inequity in policing, education and health care.

Who are the candidates?

It’s all down to Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, and any additional third-party candidates who may appear on the ballot in November’s general election.

Adams, the Democratic candidate and current Brooklyn Borough President, narrowly won the race over Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, with the Associated Press projecting his win two weeks after the city’s June primary.

In a concession speech, Garcia reflected on almost being the first woman to become mayor of New York City.

“This campaign has come closer than any other to breaking that glass ceiling … We cracked the hell out of it,” she said.

Wiley conceded shortly after Garcia, and also spoke about her efforts to make history as the first woman of color to lead the city.

Adams is strongly favored to win the general election and become the next mayor, as Democrats outnumber Republicans seven-to-one in the city.

As a former NYPD captain, Adams has built his mayoral campaign as the law-and-order candidate, but he also has proposals on how to eliminate disparities in the city’s public education system. He would be the city’s second Black mayor if elected.

During a Democratic mayoral forum in May, Adams spoke to PIX11 about about rising crime, plans to call for universal dyslexia screening and more.

Watch part of Adams’ interview below:

Sliwa handily beat his opponent, businessman Fernando Mateo, to win the Republican nomination the night of the primary.

The mayoral hopeful, best known as head of the Guardian Angels, spoke to PIX11 about his plans to combat crime, dissolve the Department of Education, among others, during a live in-person debate on PIX11 in June.

Watch the debate in its entirety below:

Key election dates

To vote in the general election, registration applications must be postmarked no later than Friday,
Oct. 8, and received by your board of elections no later than Wednesday, Oct. 13.

In-person early voting for the general election will begin on Saturday, Oct. 23 and run through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Election Day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2. 

You can find your polling site here.

Polling places for early voting and primary day can often be different, so be sure to check your poll site information before heading out to vote.

Other key races

Take a look other roles that will have new leaders in NYC:

How do primaries work in New York?

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election.

Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. New York utilizes a closed primary process, in which the selection of a party’s candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

NYC’s 2021 primary was held in June, and was the first to use ranked choice voting.

What is ranked choice voting?

Starting this year, the city will use ranked choice voting in primary and special elections for local offices. Now, New Yorkers can rank up to five candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one. Ranked choice voting will not be used in November’s general election.

What does a NYC comptroller do?

New York City residents will vote for more than just a new mayor in the June primaries and November general election. Also on the ballot: candidates for city comptroller. Current Comptroller Scott Stringer is term-limited and has joined a crowded field of Democrats who are running for mayor. The job title may not seem as glamorous as others in public service, but the comptroller plays an important role in government as the city’s chief financial officer. The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the city’s finances, making the position — and who holds it — all the more critical.

What does the Manhattan district attorney do?

While each borough in New York City has its own district attorney, only the Manhattan and Brooklyn DA seats are up for grabs in the June primary and November general election.

The Manhattan district attorney is the top prosecutor in New York County. They are responsible for holding those who violate state and local laws accountable.

The Manhattan DA also shapes criminal justice policy, including reforms and crime prevention strategy.

With over two dozen units and bureaus ranging from child abuse and cybercrime to tax crimes, human trafficking and hate crimes, the district attorney has help from dozens of assistant district attorneys who handle investigations and prosecutions. There’s also an expansive office support staff that assists the assistant district attorneys in their work.

What does the NYC public advocate do?

Jumaane Williams (D) is the incumbent Democratic candidate for public advocate. He will go up against Devi Nampiaparampil (R), a physician and professor at the NYU School of Medicine and television health commentator.

The public advocate serves as non-voting member of the New York City Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation, and as an ombudsman for city government, providing oversight for city agencies, investigating citizens’ complaints about city services and making proposals to address perceived shortcomings or failures of those services.

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