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Election 2020

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Inside the Board of Elections’ Long Absentee Ballot Count

More than 713,000 mailed votes received must now be tallied, with several races in the balance. A new bill would speed up the process going forward.

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Staten Island’s Malliotakis Echoes Trump’s Refusal to Admit Biden Won Election

The Assembly member, who is on the verge of becoming New York City’s only GOP House rep, backs national Republicans in their unprecedented denial of the election results as she vies to position herself as Congress’ anti-AOC. 

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New York City Celebrates a Day in History as Trump-Pence Era Gives Way to Hope for Biden-Harris

A mix of jubilation and relief filled many, if not all, neighborhoods. Our team captured sights and sounds of a day like no other in New York.

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Cuomo’s Plan ‘B’ for New York’s Budget Gap? He’s Betting All on Biden

The governor is still looking to Washington to plug an $8 billion pandemic-wrought hole with five months until his next budget. But the uncertainty of the White House and Senate races spells risky business, fiscal watchdogs say.

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Last in Line: Late-Shift Voters Escape Crowds on Quiet Election Day

Thousands of poll workers fanned out across the city, but many voting sites were calm and sparsely attended thanks to the droves of New Yorkers who cast ballots early.

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Malliotakis Declares Staten Island House Seat Victory, But Rose Vows to Fight On

A win by the Republican Assembly member over the Democratic freshman rep would mark a major comeback for the NYC GOP in a race that drew national notice. But Rose is pinning hopes on absentee ballots.

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What’s at Stake for New Yorkers, No Matter Who Wins the Presidential Election

The city and state’s future hinge on billions in pandemic stimulus funds, a transit bailout, extended unemployment help, protections for renters and immigrants — and more.

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New Citizens Cast First Votes in NYC After Getting Sworn in Just Ahead of Buzzer

Naturalizations ground to a halt when immigration offices shut for months due to the pandemic. But some applicants broke through with only days to spare before the voter-registration deadline — while others lament they were denied their shot.

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How a North Brooklyn Transfer of Political Power Threatens Millions in Funding to the Area

The defeat of longtime Brooklyn Assemblymember Joe Lentol by newcomer Emily Gallagher raises questions about community project funding — highlighting a shadowy spoils system that gives outsize spending power to entrenched Albany lawmakers.

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Absentee Voters Still Wait for Confirmation From NYC’s Election Ballot Tracking System

If the Board of Elections has not yet confirmed it received your valid ballot, you may want to vote in person — if you can. Don’t worry: It’s legal. Your absentee ballot will be removed and not counted.

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Nine Days, One Million Ballots: How New Yorkers Found Community in Early Voting Lines

After months of limited social interactions, early voting brought people together — on long, socially distanced lines. Here are some scenes from the final weekend before Election Day.

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Rose-Malliotakis House Fight Poised to Rage Well Past Election Day

With tens of thousands of absentee ballots out in the nationally watched Staten Island race, both sides agree that the count likely will stretch beyond Nov. 3 under lawyers’ eyes.

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From Tiananmen Square to Trump, a Queens Man Keeps Decades of Dissent Going in the Chinese Community

China exile Wan Yanhai has been pushing back on a surge of support for the incumbent president among fellow immigrants who have embraced White House attacks on the Beijing government and a right-wing political outlook.

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Welcome to West Brighton, the Staten Island Neighborhood that Could Decide the Rose-Malliotakis House Race

It’s a swing neighborhood within a Congressional swing district, going variously for Democrats and Republicans in recent years — always picking the winner. And Rose and Malliotakis know it.

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How to Reform New York City’s Board of Elections (For Real This Time)

Problems crop up every major election year, along with calls for reform. But who can change the notorious BOE? Albany, advocates say — with pressure from outraged voters.

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First in Line: Eager and Anxious New Yorkers Kick Off Early Voting for 2020 Election

Long lines wrapped Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center and other poll sites as many cast their ballots in the Trump-Biden race Saturday amid a pandemic.

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Millions in National PAC Dollars Fund Attack Ads in New York City House Fight

TV free-for-all in battle between Rep. Max Rose and Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis draws the attention — and war chests — of Democrats and the GOP as the battle for control of Congress comes to Staten Island and southern Brooklyn.

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Staten Island GOP Judge Candidate Slammed for Participating in Pro-Trump Rally

Civil Court hopeful Ron Castorina Jr.’s appearance at the in-person event that drew 2,500 to a shopping center parking lot violated judicial campaigning ethics, foes charge.

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Elected Officials Demand Refund from the Brooklyn Absentee Ballot Bungle Firm

There’s a burgeoning call for action in the wake of the $4.6 million no-bid contract debacle that helped fuel President Trump’s baseless attacks on mail-in voting.

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Firm That Bungled Brooklyn Absentee Ballots to Handle Do-Over as Cuomo’s Simpler Solution Gets Ignored

Plans to send whole new ballot packages to 100K voters instead of just corrected envelopes spurred fears of new baseless Trump attacks. Concerns stretched to the tight Brooklyn-Staten Island Congressional race.