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Newsmax’s $25K Trump Facebook Ad Boosted Fossella’s Staten Island Borough President Bid

The conservative news outlet spent $25,000 to tout the ex-rep’s backing from the ex-president, who also did a robocall for him. Newsmax’s paid promotion got logged as a political ad by Facebook — but isn’t covered by city public campaign-finance rules.

Richards Holds Tiny Lead in Queens BP Race While Trump Helps Fossella Win in S.I. Upset

The borough president race in Queens between incumbent Donovan Richards and former Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley is so close it may hit the threshold for an automatic hand recount. Meanwhile, races apparently wrapped in the other boroughs — including an upset in the Staten Island GOP contest.

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Most Borough Presidents Races Still Too Close to Call, Latest Preliminary Count Shows

Mark Murphy appears to be far ahead in the Staten Island Democratic primary. But all the rest of the contests across the city likely will hinge on yet-to-be tabulated absentee ballots, ranked-choice figures the Board of Elections released late Friday indicate.

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Borough President Races Yield No Clear Wins as Ranked Choice Counts, Absentee Ballots Await

Almost all of the borough president races across the city were still neck and neck as of early Wednesday. It likely will be weeks before winners emerge. On Staten Island, a last-minute endorsement by ex-President Trump spurred a potential upset.

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Democratic and GOP Candidates Rage Against the Staten Island Political Machines

A nod from the local GOP or Democratic Party once usually spelled primary success for Staten Island candidates. But now, contenders on both sides of the aisle are running proudly without party backing — and are raising enough cash to compete.

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What You Need to Know About the Borough President Races

They are like mini-mayors (with a lot less power) who serve as cheerleaders for their borough and arbiters of certain community services. Here we explain exactly what the office is about and why you should pay attention to the race in your borough.

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Staten Island Building Bust Makes New Breed of Candidates Skeptical of Big Real Estate

Some office-seekers in the city’s most conservative borough are targeting development plans after megaprojects with Manhattan views get mired in delays and flops. The disputes echo issues playing out in Council races across the city.

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Where’s Vito? Staten Island’s Fossella is Largely MIA for his Comeback Campaign

The ex-U.S. rep is vying to become borough president years after leaving Congress under a cloud. But he’s running a stealth campaign — and not talking about stints as a registered foreign agent and bill collector.

New ‘Staten Island First’ Party Spawned by Democratic Borough President Candidate

Mark Murphy says a new ballot line is needed to bridge the borough’s Democratic-GOP divide. But his primary rivals are concerned he’ll wage a rogue general election run and break up the party.

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Here’s the Ballot Lineup for June 22 New York City Primaries

The number of candidates for everything from mayor to City Council has narrowed. But a lot of hopefuls still pack the first citywide ranked choice voting ballot. We’ve got some lists.

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Borough Presidents’ Offices Are Up for Grabs. Here’s Why NYC’s Mini-Mayors Matter

Here’s what you need to know about borough presidents and how they can help you. They’re more than just cheerleaders — ask former Brooklyn ‘Beep’ Marty Markowitz

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Do You Know Who to ‘Yell’ at in New York City Government?

Knowing how to solve a problem on your block or in your community often means knowing who has the power to fix it — and how to get their attention. As the big citywide primary approaches, here’s a look at how to tap officer holders to get things done.

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Ranked Choice Voting Turns to Old-Style Rank Politics in Staten Island Borough President Race

A proposed non-aggression pact designed to tap into the new voting system’s promise of positive campaigning instead unleashed aggression among Democrats. Some see a similar strain creeping into the crucial race for mayor.

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Brooklyn Council Member Cornegy Misused Office for Borough President Run, Complaint to Council Charges

Employees were asked for campaign work and contributions — both banned under ethics rules — a former staffer alleges. The complaint also contends that Cornegy planned campaign activities with his top aide while on the job.

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Election Punt to June Leaves Candidates for Vacant Political Seats Seeking Grip

Cuomo order postpones Brooklyn City Council election to June 23 while the contest for Queens borough president remains up in the air.

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Early Voting for Queens Borough Prez Race Starts Saturday Amid Virus Concerns

Anxieties about — and prohibitions against — large gatherings pose challenges for campaigning and get out the vote efforts.

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Manhattan Community Boards Are Missing Hispanics, Young People — and Renters

Here’s what we know about the demographics of Manhattan’s 12 community boards, thanks to detailed information collected by BP Gale Brewer’s team.

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Staten Island Pledges to Fix Failure to Track Community Board Diversity

Borough President James Oddo said his office will collect race, gender and age info — after THE CITY revealed failure to comply with a legal mandate.

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Does Your Community Board Reflect You and Your Neighbors? Find Out.

We analyzed the latest available demographic data of the city’s volunteer boards. Check out your neighborhood’s numbers and find out how to join.

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Five Trips to the Polls to Pick Queens Borough President

Taxpayers will carry the tab for the marathon of sprints facing the six candidates vying to replace Melinda Katz. Experts predict voter confusion.