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Brian Benjamin Backer Indicted for Alleged Attempt to Bilk City Campaign Matching Fund System

Following a money trail first exposed by THE CITY, federal prosecutors allege Harlem real estate player Gerald Migdol secretly paid for others’ donations to the comptroller campaign of New York’s now lieutenant governor.

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Progressive Latina Leaders Succeed Conservative Councilmen in Bronx Power Shift

Newly elected Pierina Sánchez, Amanda Farías and Marjorie Velázquez look to rewire connections with constituents accustomed to the evangelical Christian and business-centered reigns of departing Rev. Ruben Díaz Sr., Fernando Cabrera and Mark Gjonaj.

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Democrat Justin Brannan Declares Brooklyn Council Seat Victory in Squeaker

In a count that went to absentee ballots, the contender for Council speaker says he’s won over a Republican who rallied voters around opposition to COVID vaccine mandates. A Queens Republican and another Brooklyn Democrat also claimed wins Tuesday.

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Chinese Voters Came Out in Force for the GOP in NYC, Shaking Up Politics

From Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens, frustrations over Democratic stances on schools and crime helped mobilize votes for Republican Curtis Sliwa for mayor and conservative Council candidates.

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The Election Is Finally Over. What’s Next and How Did Three Ballot Proposals Fail?

Here’s the latest on the results, what the mayor-elect is up to now, what the heck happened with those ballot questions — and how New York’s political district lines will get drawn next year.

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New York on Track to Pass Environmental Rights Ballot Proposal as Voting Changes Get Shot Down

Voters appear to have enshrined environmental rights in the state Constitution. But early results show they may have nixed making it easier to vote and changing the redistricting process. Meanwhile, a measure to expand Civil Court cases seemed headed for an OK.

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GOP Gains in City Council Powered by Heated Voter Turnout and Discontent

The minority party rises up to as many as seven seats and threatening rising-star Democratic Brooklyn Councilmember Justin Brannan.

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Adams’ Victory Lap Takes New York’s Next Mayor to a National Audience

The new mayor-elect talked about everything from making city streets safer to where he’s going to live, during a media blitz that seemed aimed at taking his brand of Democratic politics to a bigger crowd.

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City Council Adds Historic Number of Women to Its Ranks as Republicans Gain

New York City’s legislative branch will be packed with newcomers in 2022 and will have its first female majority. Meanwhile, the GOP gained at least one more Council seat.

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Fossella Thanks ‘President Trump’ in Staten Island Borough President Comeback Win

The Republican ex-rep’s win came in the only highly competitive boroughwide or citywide race as most New Yorkers elected their beeps, comptroller and public advocate with little drama. Meanwhile, Alvin Bragg made history to become Manhattan’s first Black district attorney.

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Eric Adams Wins NYC Mayoral Election, Earning His Chance to Make History in Post-COVID Era

On Jan. 1, the 61-year-old ex-NYPD captain will become the second Black man to assume the top slot in City Hall. Now he’s charged with leading a metropolis of 8.8 million residents out of the ravages of the pandemic. He won’t be lacking for challenges.

PBA Super PAC Tries to Swing Staten Island and Queens Council Races for Police Allies

Independent expenditure groups threw around cash during the citywide primary campaign. Now some are trying to influence up-for-grabs contests in Tuesday’s general election. One big beneficiary: Council hopeful and PBA pal Sal Albanese.

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Election Day Is Here for New York City. We’ve Got Your Last-Minute Voting Guide.

Don’t panic! Procrastinators, we’ve got you on ballot questions, City Council races and where to bring that absentee on the final day.

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Adams’ Ties to Lobbying Firm That Represents Jail Workers Raises Questions on Rikers Island Future

The mayoral frontrunner supports closing the troubled jails complex, but has left the door open to changes in the plan. Meanwhile, with Rikers in chaos and correction officers calling in sick, Adams has strong links to a lobbyist paid by their union.

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All About Your NYC Election Ballot: Put a Stamp On It. Or Two?

Early voting ends this Sunday — Halloween — and Election Day, which is merely the final day to cast a ballot, is next Tuesday, Nov. 2. We’re answering some last-minute questions from readers about ballots.

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Rep. Espaillat Campaign Paid Thousands to Online Influencers Who Delivered Flattering Posts

The bloggers’ videos and articles do not disclose their financial ties to the Bronx and Manhattan congressman — exploiting a legal gray area as paid social media influencers play a growing role in campaigns nationally. Council candidate allies of Espaillat followed suit.

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Meet Your Mayor Final Showdown: Adams vs. Sliwa

See which candidate for NYC mayor agrees with you most on major NYC issues.

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Adams: ‘I Was Wrong.’ Mayoral Leader Finally Apologizes for Sexist Smear of Whistleblower Cop

In 1991, Adams labeled Officer Lizette Lebron a "scorned lover" and paraded photos of her in a bathing suit to discredit her for exposing a cheating scandal. After THE CITY detailed the episode, the mayoral frontrunner offered a public mea culpa.

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Who’s Got Competition in the City Council? Look Up Who’s Running in Your District

We broke down the closest City Council races ahead of the general election on Nov. 2 — and mapped who will be on the ballot in your neighborhood.

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Watch the NYC Public Advocate Debate Ahead of the Election

Incumbent Democrat Jumaane Williams will face off against Republican Devi Nampiaparampil for the office that’s second in line to the mayor. More here on how to watch Tuesday at 7 p.m. — and what a public advocate does.