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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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It’s Swan Song Time for Embattled Brooklyn Democratic Party Boss, Politicians Say

Rep. Nydia Velazquez and other top borough elected officials called for Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn to quit her party post after the leader’s husband publicly recited a vulgar, sexist song lyric. They said the incident marked the latest sign of a "toxic" reign.

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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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De Blasio and Hochul Bill Taxpayers for Puerto Rico ‘Somos’ Conference Jaunt

From Attorney General Letitia James to Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, most New York officials are relying on private funds to attend the annual political summit. Two notable exceptions: the current governor and the current NYC mayor.

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NYC Politicians Parade in Puerto Rico, With Races From Governor to Council Speaker at Stake 

Eric Adams, Kathy Hochul, Letitia James and Bill de Blasio were among the pols making the scene at the annual Somos conference, where alliances are sealed. Meanwhile, a Council member fighting for his Brooklyn seat was jockeying for speaker.

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Convicted Ex-Senate Leader Sampson Barred From Puerto Rico Confab With Top Pols, Including Ally Eric Adams

A federal judge denied John Sampson’s request to travel to Somos, the New York political power-player summit, citing similarities to past activities in Brooklyn and Albany that landed him in prison.

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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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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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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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Attorney General Letitia James Poised to Announce Run for Governor, Sources Say

James has been filming a campaign ad as her aides call elected officials and labor leaders to seek support, THE CITY has learned. She’s set to take on Gov. Kathy Hochul, who got the top job after a sexual harassment report from James’ office spurred Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

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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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Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Eyeing Run for State Attorney General, Sources Say

The first Latino chief prosecutor in New York is considering a statewide campaign if AG Letitia James vies for governor. Queens DA Melinda Katz and state Sen. Mike Gianaris are also pondering runs, THE CITY has learned.

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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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NYC’s Congressional Incumbents Outpacing Progressive Challengers in Fundraising Fights

Three years after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took down a powerful House mainstay, left-leaning newcomers are still trying to oust the city’s old guard. Veteran lawmakers are well funded — but are headed for an unpredictable election year, thanks to redistricting.

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NYC General Election Prep: What to Know Before Heading to the Polls

New Yorkers will soon lock in their choices for new local leaders for mayor and more. Here’s your guide on your civic duty: key dates, getting a ballot, who’s running and New York’s — count ‘em — five ballot proposal questions.

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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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Who Is Curtis Sliwa? A Look at the GOP Mayoral Candidate’s Wild Ride in New York

The Guardian Angels leader’s history is marked by both fabricated tales and true events that sound like fiction. Here’s what to know about the beret-wearing, cat-rescuing, vigilante radio host trying to make it to City Hall.