On June 22, New Yorkers will vote in the primary that is all but certain to determine the next mayor, one who will immediately personify — and, to a large extent, shape — the city’s next era. For the first time, they will vote for not just one candidate but five, listed in order of preference. We wanted to get to know them, on policies and as people. Consider this your everything guide to 2021 mayoral primary candidates, featuring video interviews with Nicolas Heller (@newyorknico), a.k.a. the city’s unofficial mayor, covering everything from bagel orders and favorite New York movies to proposals on policing, education, and pandemic recovery; a photo portfolio by the great Bruce Gilden; an epic collection of what candidates can’t live without on the Strategist; and a look at how New Yorkers are thinking about their first foray into ranked-choice voting.
Photo-Illustration: by New York Magazine; Photos by Bruce Gilden
With 13 Democrats and two Republicans appearing on the primary ballots, ranked choice has introduced even more uncertainty into what was already a fluid race. Most of the campaigns can’t predict how it will shake out, and experts doubt that most voters will even bother filling out all the slots on their ballot. Here, meet all 15 candidates on the ballot, photographed by Bruce Gilden, interviewed by Nicolas Heller, and featuring political columnist David Freedlander on the state of the race. Read the candidate dossiers.
Ranked-choice voting was a longtime priority of good-government types who thought it would enable more candidates to enter the race, force them to campaign all over the city, and provide for a more congenial contest, since candidates would aim to be the second or third choice of their rivals’ supporters. Take a sneak peek at how New Yorkers have stacked the candidates — a decision that mixes absolute preference with a little bit of game theory, each of us feeling out how best to play a game we’ve never played before. Read the ballots.
From the Super Mario–edition Monopoly Andrew Yang uses to engage the kids on family-game night, to the two razors Ray McGuire relies on for grooming (one for his head, the other his face), to the individually packaged wipes a NY1 makeup artist recommended to Scott Stringer for glasses-cleaning, we heard about lots of particularly useful stuff in speaking with the candidates. We also discovered some are more alike than they may seem. Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales, and Maya Wiley all say mascara is a key component of their no-makeup makeup routines. Fernando Mateo and Eric Adams start each day by making a smoothie in a NutriBullet. Shaun Donovan and Curtis Sliwa write everything down on unlined note cards. And, like most people, many of the candidates told us they can’t live without comfy shoes, though very different styles. Read the interviews.
After countless Zoom forums and Instagram Q&As and endorsement take-backs, most New Yorkers still don’t know these candidates. So we teamed up with the city’s unofficial talent scout, New York Nico, to really get to know them. All of them. Why should we trust them? What is their stance on policing? How much weed do they smoke? And every other question New Yorkers might want to ask their next mayor before they head into the voting booth. Watch the video.
… on June 19 of last year, [Bill de Blasio] made a solemn vow.
“Starting next year, Juneteenth will be an official city holiday and official New York City schools holiday,” Mr. de Blasio said.
He said that every city employee and every student would have “an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our history.”
It was a momentous-seeming announcement for the largest city in the country and the nation’s biggest school system, and headlines followed.
But one year later, even as President Biden is poised to make Juneteenth a national holiday for federal employees, Mr. de Blasio’s efforts have yet to yield their promised result. On Tuesday, just days before Juneteenth, municipal employees learned that they would not actually be getting an extra paid day off to commemorate the holiday this year.
Rather, city workers will need to use their pre-existing paid time off — an unused vacation day, for example — to celebrate the holiday, according to three city officials and a union official briefed on the matter.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court rejects the constitutional challenge to Obamacare in 7-2 opinion. The court tosses the lawsuit because the challengers do not have legal standing to sue. https://t.co/meuQgPE50Z
The Texas bill that would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy is now law
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed into law a bill that would almost immediately outlaw abortions in Texas if a court ruling or constitutional amendment gave states the authority to prohibit the procedure.
The governor’s signature on House Bill 1280 comes just as the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about a Mississippi abortion law that could pave the way for more state restrictions on abortion access. A decision is expected some time next year, and it would be the first time the Court’s newly expanded conservative majority weighs in on the issue.
“A favorable ruling would make Texas one of the first states to end abortions,” the bill’s author, state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, said on Twitter.