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What the Five Ballot Proposal Questions Mean for New Yorkers this November

The handful of ballot proposals being decided on Nov. 2 touch on the future of political representation in Albany, environmental rights for citizens, making it easier to vote and how New York’s civil court functions.

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Find the City Council Candidates Running to Represent Your Neighborhood

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THE CITY Helps You Navigate the 2021 Elections

Here’s your guide to an ongoing series of posts with all you need to know about the races that could help shape New York City for years to come.

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Meet Your Mayor: Our Quiz Tells You Which Candidates Best Match Your Positions on the Issues 

THE CITY asked City Hall contenders where they stand on tough decisions affecting the future of New York City — and invites you to see which candidates align with your own responses to the same questions

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The Race for NYC Mayor: Who’s Running to Run This Town in 2021

Amid a pandemic that has cratered the city’s finances, dozens of candidates have vied to become the next mayor. They’re campaigning in an abbreviated season ahead of the June 22 primaries. Here’s what you need to know.

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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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THE CITY to Co-Host First Official Democratic Mayoral Primary Debate on May 13

The eight major candidates, from Adams to Yang, are set to square off at the 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. event, to be broadcast by debate partners NY1 and WNYC. Early voting starts June 12 ahead of the June 22 primary.

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How to Get an Absentee Ballot for New York City’s June 22 Primary

Who can request a ballot? What are the deadlines? How do you return the ballot? Good questions. Here’s what you need to know.

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What to Know About the 2021 New York City Comptroller’s Race

What does a city comptroller do? And who is running for the seat this year? Here’s your guide to the only other citywide office besides mayor with any real competition yet.

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What to Know About the 2021 New York City Council Races

What does a City Council member do, exactly? How will the massive change-over in the Council help shape the city’s future? And who will become our next speaker?

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What You Need to Know About the Public Advocate Race in 2021

What does New York’s public advocate do? And who is challenging current Public Advocate Jumaane Williams? Here’s the lowdown.

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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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Is There Big Money in Your NYC Neighborhood Election? Here’s How to Find Out

Local super PACs — including one backed by the world’s richest woman — are making independent expenditures to influence New York’s races. Take a close look at the next campaign flyer you get...

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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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Can the Mayoral Candidates Bring a Sea Change to NYC’s Climate Resilience Fight?

The next mayor will inherit the city with the pandemic rebound and the battle to protect New York from the next Superstorm Sandy inextricably tied. Here are some of the City Hall hopefuls’ ideas to safeguard the city.

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We Received 63 Questions About Ranked Choice Voting. Here Are Some Answers.

What if I pick one? What if I skip a slot? Is Ranked Choice Voting "The Hunger Games"? The Civic Newsroom is here to help you understand RCV in New York’s 2021 election.

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What to Know About Mayoral Polls in New York City’s 2021 Elections

Get ready for a slew of polling data from academic institutions, private polling groups, consultants and political campaigns themselves. What does it all mean — and which numbers can you trust, especially with ranked choice voting in play?

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What You Need to Know About New York’s District Attorney Races in 2021

The race for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s seat is crowded and fierce. Here’s the rundown on the candidates and more ahead of the June 22 primary.

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Candidates for New York’s Next Governor: Who’s Running to Run This State?

Kathy Hochul is hoping to win a full term, but other Democrats are lining up for a primary challenge. And Republicans have been campaigning and raising cash for months before she took over from Andrew Cuomo.

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Showing Up: Map of Mayoral Candidates’ Campaign Stops Highlights Value of Being There

Follow the leading four Democratic mayoral candidates as they vied for votes across the city — and see how their stumping paid off.