New York City’s Mayoral Race

by Jan Frazier

New York City (Washington Insider Magazine) – As the summer comes upon us and America’s biggest city recovers from Covid, the election of mayor begins in New York City. There seems to be no front runner in the race.

Voting day is less than a week away. Candidates have spent much of their time behind the computer doing Zoom meetings, but they are now meeting the frantic New York crowds as they throng the streets of New York City.

New York City is “facing mass unemployment, a spike in shootings and hate crimes, and crisis levels of homelessness.” The next mayor will have to deal with all of this. The election is unusual in that it is three months early. A new way to tally the votes is being used – ranked-choice voting.

Photographer Mark Ostow followed some of the candidates for five days as they talked with potential voters. Ostow seemed to have a knack “for catching politicians and the people around them in unguarded moments.” Such photos were captured from Brooklyn to Broadway.

Maya Wiley seems to be focusing her campaign “around alternatives to aggressive policing and more focus on mental health treatments to tamp down crime.”

Shaun Donovan, who was President Obama’s former HUD secretary, believes that he has the best chance of managing New York’s budget and dealing with the constant housing problem. Donovan used to volunteer at various homeless shelters and has visited Trinity Place Shelter in Manhattan to emphasize his earlier volunteer work.

Eric Adams and Kathryn Garcia visited their home area of Brooklyn to “rally the troops.” Both candidates are at the top of the most recent poll. They are both advocating a strong police presence to fight the recent crime spike. Both of the candidates have had jobs that make them reliable candidates.

Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup executive, went to Manhattan on June 8. There, he focused on the recovery of small businesses.

Andrew Yang was originally at the top of most of the polls, but his popularity seems to have lost momentum in recent poll numbers. His most recent visit was in Queens “to talk about his plans for an economic recovery.”

The most current thoughts in New York City are “anything could happen in the next few days.”

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