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Quinn: Pay-to-Play Reforms Helped Unseat Incumbents

Friday, September 18, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is putting the best face on this week's primary election results. They brought defeats to several Council incumbents who backed Quinn's push to lift term limits. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

Quinn rejects the notion that voter anger over the repeal of term limits ...

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Paterson Endorses Thompson for Mayor

Friday, September 18, 2009

(L-R) Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, actress Uma Thurman, singer Cyndi Lauper, and TV personality Stephan Colbert attend the 2009 Koman New York City Race For The Cure September 13. (Getty Images)

(L-R) Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, actress Uma Thurman, singer Cyndi ...

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Green on the Attack

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mark Green continues to attack his opponent in the public advocate race, City Councilman Bill de Blasio, for what he terms a conflict of interest. Green says de Blasio should not have received campaign donations from groups that received special Council funds from his office. He said De Blasio had ...

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Thompson Counters Criticism, Attacks Billionaire Mayor

Thursday, September 17, 2009

thompsonIn his first interview since winning the Democratic primary, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson pushed back against criticism that he didn't crack down on City Council spending practices in his role as comptroller.

Thompson told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that there ...

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The Race is On...Bloomberg and Thompson

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009.


The race for mayor is in full swing, a ...

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Liu and Yassky: How Different Are They?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

liuelectionnightQueens Councilman John Liu and Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky will face each other in a runoff election for city comptroller September 29. Liu came out on top in the primary last night with 38 percent of the vote to Yassky's ...

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"Are you ready for a run off?!"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

deblasio
The race for the city's public advocate isn't over yet.
None of the candidates managed to win the necessary 40-percent to avoid a runoff.


'Are you ready for a run off?!'

Top vote-getter Brooklyn ...

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A Night of Upsets and New Faces in City Council Primary

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yen Choe (R)

Yen Choe (R)

Bob Hennelly on the Council races:
Three Asian-American candidates won in last night's Democratic Primary.

Filling John Liu's seat in Flushing, Queens, is Yen Chou where she pulled ahead in a crowded field winning with ...

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City Comptroller Race Headed for Runoff

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

High school student volunteers for John Liu on primary night

High school student volunteers for John Liu on primary night

City Councilman John Liu has a slight lead over Councilman David Yassky in the tight Democratic race for New York City comptroller, ...

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De Blasio and Green Head for Runoff in PA Race

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio

City Councilman Bill de Blasio and former public advocate, Mark Green, are headed for a runoff in the close Democratic race for New York City Public Advocate.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had ...

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Vance Declared Winner in DA Primary

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cy Vance

Cy Vance

Defense lawyer and political scion Cy Vance has won the Democratic primary for the Manhattan district attorney's job, one of the nation's most coveted prosecutor's spots.

The primary is expected to decide the race to replace retiring ...

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William Thompson Declared Winner of Mayoral Primary

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bill Thompson at a Bronx Fair with Bill de Blasio (L)

Bill Thompson at a Bronx Fair with Bill de Blasio (L)


New York City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. has cruised to victory in the Democratic mayoral primary and will ...

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Brian Lehrer Primary Night Special: A Moment in Democracy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Brian Lehrer, his guests, and callers take this evening to check-in on Democracy in action, here and abroad.

Listen to hour one

Listen to hour two

Less than a year ago, millions of New Yorkers turned out to vote in the presidential election. ...

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Primary Night Results

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Associated Press has called the New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary Race for William Thompson.
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Cy Vance has won the Democratic primary for the Manhattan district attorney.
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Bill de Blasio and Mark Green head for a runoff in the Public Advocate race.
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Primary Day Roundtable

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Photo by Matthew Schuerman

Photo by Matthew Schuerman

Primary day is here and Brian Lehrer is joined by a group of reporters for to discuss the elections.
David Chen, reporter for the New York Times
Liz Benjamin, political reporter ...

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NYC Voters Go to the Primary Polls

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

voteaquiWith voter turnout expected to be near record lows in today's primary, those who are showing up say they feel a special responsibility to vote. Om Agrawal, a mathematics professor, was born in India. He says he has voted in ...

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Candidates in Last Minute Scramble for Primary Votes

Monday, September 14, 2009

baez450Candidates for political office campaigned hard this weekend ahead of tomorrow's primary election, not just in citywide races but in some local races that might see a change of guard. In the 14th Council District, one challenger, Fernando Cabrera, has ...

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Guide: City Council District 39

Monday, September 14, 2009

The 39th Council District stretches through Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Gowanus and Boro Park.

Map of the district

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Candidates in Battle for Bill de Blasio's Open Seat

Monday, September 14, 2009

Council District 39 – the seat being vacated by Bill de Blasio – contains some of the city’s most fervent political activists. In a crowded field, two candidates are fighting hard to represent Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, and Boro Park. WNYC’s Kathleen Horan caught up with Brad Lander and Josh Skaller doing some last minute campaigning.

"Hi how are you? I'm Brad Lander and I'm running for City Council. Now we’re in the playground talking to parents about what issues they care about."

Candidate Brad Lander is in Kensington. He’s doubling up on events. While walking rescue dogs, he stops to give out ice pops to kids and campaign flyers to their parents.

"We’re out, we’re knocking on doors. We're in playgrounds. We’re at subways. The last few days before the election are when you really just try to be out everywhere all the time.”

Lander looks tan from all his time outdoors. His blue button down shirt is tucked in but the sleeves are rolled up. He goes up to a couple sitting on a bench near the handball courts.

“Any issues especially on your mind?”

It takes social worker Amanda Cicarelli and architect Eric Epstein a minute to open up, but they have plenty to say about everything from spotty train service in Windsor Terrace to high taxes.

And like many in this district, development.

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Eight in Race to Replace Ousted Councilman in Dominican District 10

Friday, September 11, 2009

by Marianne McCune
They say all politics are local. But in the northern tip of Manhattan, that may be more so. The 10th Council District includes much of Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Marble Hill section of the Bronx. There are eight City Council candidates vying to replace former Councilmember Miguel Martinez, whose seat is open because pleaded guilty to misusing taxpayer dollars and resigned. Now, as WNYC’s Marianne McCune reports, voters are looking for a candidate they know and trust.

This is the Dominican district.

MC for Dominican band: (IN SPANISH) You guys want Dominican music?!

Its perimeter was purposefully shaped to elect the first Dominican City Council member in 1991. Yes, there are others here - Puerto Ricans, African Americans and a handful of white people who aren’t Hispanic. But if there’s a street fair on Dyckman Street – you can be sure the band will play Merengue.

So when Dominican-born City Councilmember Miguel Martinez pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 of public money and resigned, leaving his seat empty -- many here took it personally. As if Martinez was a nephew and what he did reflected badly on the whole family.

Polanco: No me enojo …

It’s sad, says Martin Polanco, but I’m not angry because we all make mistakes. A woman on another corner invokes the Bible, saying we’re all just fishermen and that hopefully Martinez will repent. Others worry all Dominicans will drop in the world’s esteem. And over an animated game of dominoes, Ramon Echevarria shakes his head disapprovingly, saying the Dominican community has to make sure it’s not seen as a jungle.Echevarria watching dominoes and talking politics.

Echevarria watching dominoes and talking politics.

Ramon Echevarria: … una jungla. Somos una communidad de avances.

And so, among the candidates for City Council, many here are looking for someone they can trust. And in the seemingly small town that is this neighborhood, someone they can trust often means someone they know – personally.

At a picnic celebrating the candidacy of community board chairman and teacher Manny Velasquez, Ana Julia Coronado says she’s voting for him because, as Dean at her son’s school, Manny helped turn her son around.Chickens and bunnies on asphalt.

Chickens and bunnies on asphalt.

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