[Live N.Y.C. mayoral race primary results. ] Six months ago, the 2021 race for mayor in New York City seemed to be coalescing around three well-known Democrats, all male elected officials, and two of them white. The white men, Corey Johnson , the City Council speaker, and Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, had name recognition, fund-raising advantages and institutional support, making it hard to fathom any other candidate’s having a serious chance to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will step down because of term-limit requirements. But then New York City was confronted first by a pandemic that has killed nearly 24,000 people in the city, many of them Black and Latino, and then waves of civil unrest stirred by Black Lives Matter protests. With 10 months before the 2021 mayoral primary, the race may still come down to Mr. Stringer, Mr. Johnson or the third well-known Democrat, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, who is Black. But the results of … [Read more...] about Do New York City Voters Want Another White Mayor?
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Rep. Ruben Gallego Ruben Gallego Hispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom Gallego went to New York to meet Sinema donors amid talk of primary challenge: report Meeks leading bipartisan trip to Ukraine amid Russia tensions MORE (D-Ariz.) reportedly met with some of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Kyrsten Sinema Gallego went to New York to meet Sinema donors amid talk of primary challenge: report The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration The Armageddon elections to come MORE ’s (D-Ariz.) donors amid speculation swirls the congressman will mount a primary challenge against the freshman senator. Punchbowl News reported on Monday, citing sources close to the situation, that Gallego traveled to New York this weekend to meet with some of Sinema’s donors about a potential Senate run in 2024, when Sinema faces reelection. Gallego, a four-term congressman representing Arizona, told CNN … [Read more...] about Gallego went to New York to meet Sinema donors amid talk of primary challenge: report
On the morning of July 12, 2009, Corey David Johnson woke up, as he often did, with a terrible hangover, a familiar remnant from his nights of excess at parties on Cape Cod and around New York City. By the evening of that day, he acknowledged to a friend at dinner what he had resisted admitting to himself after years of bingeing on alcohol and cocaine: He had a problem, and he had to stop. The story of becoming sober more than eight years ago is one Mr. Johnson tells with candor, a key element in the biography of a 35-year-old who gained national attention for coming out as gay to his Massachusetts high school football team, and who achieved the legislative pinnacle of New York City government on Wednesday, becoming the speaker of the New York City Council. “I feel lucky to be alive,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview, before the Council, including all four of its Republican members, voted to elevate him as their leader in a 48-to-1 vote. Mr. Johnson, the city’s first … [Read more...] about Sober and H.I.V. Positive, New Council Speaker Has Weathered Adversity
Even as the coronavirus is ravaging the country and the world, a new reality is emerging in New York City. Nowhere is that more evident than on a stretch of 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens, that is now a lively symbol of renewal in a neighborhood where the virus infected one in 22 people and claimed 260 lives. Residents began trickling to the partially closed-off street soon after the deadliest days had passed. Strollers and wheelchairs appeared. A retired nurse planted purple corn and sunflowers in the median, and a group took up a daily bingo game. Regular Zumba classes cropped up, then English-language lessons. Families bicycled in packs, and neighbors cheered one day when a boy finally got to remove his training wheels. Artists sketched murals in chalk next to picnics while children zipped through makeshift obstacle courses. The renewal in New York City comes roughly six months after it became the epicenter of the virus in the United States. Six months of hardship and … [Read more...] about How New Yorkers Found Resolve After 6 Months of Pandemic Hardship
Like a lot of singers, Piper Rockelle has a link at the top of her TikTok profile page where her over 8 million followers can check out her music. But instead of sending them to YouTube or Spotify, the link opens up an external landing page crammed with a little bit of everything. Splashed across a looping clip of Rockelle is a stack of hyperlinked blocks that direct fans to her merch store, her tour schedule, and her latest music video. You’ll also find a “love jar” that lets her accept tips, an “Ask Me Anything” form, an app where you can pay to pitch a dare for Rockelle to complete, and a private social feed that fans can unlock by either sending money or correctly answering a trivia question. All of that is contained within Rockelle’s “link-in-bio”—one of the most coveted pieces of real estate on Instagram and TikTok. Both of the platforms are hyperlink deserts: Users can post only one or two external links anywhere on the sites, and the most important appears, yes, in the … [Read more...] about The New Personal Website Isn’t Really a Website at All
Brad Lander, a three-term New York City councilman, won Tuesday’s race for city comptroller against Daby Carreras, a Republican aligned with the Trump wing of the party, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Lander, 52, a left-leaning Democrat from the liberal stronghold of Park Slope, Brooklyn, amassed endorsements from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York City’s public advocate, Jumaane Williams. The comptroller audits city agencies and oversees the city’s public pension funds, with assets totaling nearly $300 billion. The post frequently attracts politicians with higher aspirations. The departing New York City comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, ran for mayor, as did his two predecessors, John C. Liu and William C. Thompson Jr. Mr. Lander has promised to expand efforts to make the city’s pension fund investments more environmentally friendly. During the campaign, he pledged to help overhaul the way the city invests in infrastructure to … [Read more...] about Brad Lander, a progressive councilman, is elected city comptroller.
On one side of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem, dozens of candles and bouquets of flowers were clustered outside the 32nd Precinct station house after a shooting that would leave two officers dead. Across the boulevard was the apartment building where the officers were struck by gunfire as they responded to a report of a domestic incident. And in between, the neighborhood’s new city councilwoman sat in a bare-bones office, trying to reconcile the need to comfort a grieving community with her firm belief that police departments should ultimately be abolished. Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan, 35, is a democratic socialist, but she is not a prominent member of New York City’s left wing — she is largely unknown even to like-minded elected officials. She has equated the policing system with slavery and emphasized her deep compassion for both the fallen officers and the man who the police said killed them — positions that are vastly out-of-step with many fellow … [Read more...] about A Staunch Critic of the N.Y.P.D. Grapples With Deaths of 2 Officers
If you use Instagram, you have seen an exhortation from a friend or colleague to check out some article or event. These calls to action inevitably end, “Link in Bio.” That’s shorthand, of course, for the single link that Instagram allows users to drop into their profiles. Because other links can’t be added to posts, that single link is an endorsement: It must be the one URL in the world that you are willing to attach to yourself at that moment. For years, I’ve wondered why Instagram doesn’t allow links elsewhere. It would be so simple. (I reached out to Instagram for comment, but they didn’t respond.) The Ringer ’s Alyssa Bereznak dressed down the company in a post titled, appropriately, “ ‘ Link in Bio’ Is the Worst Thing About Instagram .” “A network that hosts millions of people won’t let them do something that is second nature for digital natives. So its users have concocted their own clunky loophole to get around the problem,” Bereznak writes. “It’s as if there were a … [Read more...] about ‘Link in Bio’ Keeps Instagram Nice
Gifford Miller, the City Council speaker, had the most money of all the Democratic candidates, a built-in bully pulpit at City Hall and an accomplished legislative record to further his bid for mayor. So how did he end up dead last among the major candidates in Tuesday's primary? Despite his substantial advantages, Mr. Miller stumbled badly in the final weeks leading to the election, many political strategists and city officials say. He fought publicly with the Campaign Finance Board over his spending and was unable to shake off ethical questions about his use of $1.6 million in taxpayer money for Council mailings that highlighted his picture and campaign themes. Mr. Miller, 35, also failed to connect with voters even though he kept up a grueling schedule of campaign appearances, lined up dozens of endorsements from community leaders, built a sprawling grassroots base of volunteers and surrounded himself with high-priced consultants like Bill Clinton's media specialist, Mandy … [Read more...] about The Missteps That Hampered Miller
A guest on a Rupert Murdoch-owned news channel referred to the Hunter Biden email accusations as "the biggest story of [his] lifetime," while also comparing the Biden family to The Sopranos . The New York Post , another publication owned by the media tycoon, this week published an article claiming to report emails between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden 's son Hunter and a Ukrainian business associate thanking the former vice president's son for arranging a meeting with his father in April 2015, and urging him to use his "influence" in May 2014. The story has led to the Trump administration pushing the narrative that Biden acted corruptly during his time as vice president to benefit Hunter's business interests in Ukraine and China. The Biden campaign has dismissed such claims and no substantive evidence has come forward to confirm claims the former vice president acted corruptly. U.S. Commentator Christopher Stear appeared on Murdoch's Sky New Australia today … [Read more...] about “Biden crime family” compared to ‘The Sopranos’ by guest on Rupert Murdoch news channel