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Prince Andrew concedes proper service of legal papers in sexual assault lawsuit

The Duke of York, 61, has officially conceded proper service of process in the New York lawsuit filed against him by alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre, previously known as Virginia Roberts. The acceptance of service marks the latest development in the ongoing civil lawsuit against the Royal Family member.

Following Prince Andrew’s acceptance that the papers have been served on him, he must now respond to the lawsuit from his accuser by 29 October.

The conceding of the papers came via the Duke’s legal team, who in a joint stipulation filed on Friday, September 24 in Manhattan federal court, confirmed the receipt.

The Duke’s attorneys stated they had received copies of the summons and complaint in the suit, which alleges sexual assault and sexual battery against the royal.

The Duke of York has repeatedly denied all allegations made against him.

The latest twist in the legal drama comes after the Prince faced accusations he was evading responding to the allegations by claiming that court papers in the case had not been properly served to him.

A stipulation has been signed by both legal parties representing Prince Andrew, and Virginia Giuffre which requests the cancellation of a preliminary hearing marked for October 13.

The joint stipulation, which has been shared widely on social media also sets the date for effective service of process as of September 21.

Following standard legal protocol, the Duke’s legal team would traditionally have 21 days to file a response to the initial complaint, meaning that the deadline would be October 12.

READ MORE: Prince Andrew risks £360k legal bill in civil suit, US lawyer warns

It is likely the judge will accept as both parties in the case have agreed to it.

It comes as last week, the Duke’s lawyer Andrew B Brettler claimed that the legal papers had not been properly served in the UK, as the documents were left with a policeman at the gate of the prince’s Windsor residence.

The filing of the stipulation marks the latest development in the Prince’s ongoing US court battle with his accuser who claims that she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke on three separate occasions between 2000 and 2002 when she was 17.

Ms Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages from the Duke, in the case where she accuses him of “sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship shared portions of the agreement on Twitter, starting his thread by writing the “clock is ticking”.

The royal correspondent said it was “remarkable” that Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, being referred to as “defendant” on the paperwork.

He said: “It’s still remarkable to see court papers which list the Queen’s second son as a defendant. VIRGINIA L. GIUFFRE, Plaintiff, v. PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK, a/k/a ANDREW ALBERT CHRISTIAN EDWARD, in his personal capacity, Defendant.”

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Yang concedes as Adams takes lead following chaotic New York primary

Polls closed at 9 p.m in the primary, New York City’s first ranked-choice mayoral election. Yang was trailing well behind Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, who had a comfortable lead in first-choice votes by 11 p.m., followed by Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley. The two are now neck and neck for second place.

The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary will face Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa in the general election. But the Democrat is almost certain to become mayor and will arrive at City Hall during a time of unique challenge: Recovering from high unemployment, flattened tourism and a chaotic school year of remote learning spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the same time, if a sustained rise in violent crime continues apace, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor will confront a rash of shootings and hate crimes that continue to threaten the city’s recovery.

Crime frequently topped polls as a leading concern among voters, vaulting Adams — a former police captain who ran almost singularly on a promise of restoring safety to the city — into first place and minimizing the impact of the “defund NYPD” movement that got a foothold in city politics last year.

“New Yorkers are feeling this energy,” Adams told reporters in Manhattan Tuesday morning, repeating his campaign pledge to drive down shootings.

Yang, the former presidential candidate, Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner, and Wiley, former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, formed the top-tier of the crowded race in recent weeks. Yang and Garcia were the only ones to form a late alliance in the race, a common move in other ranked-choice campaigns around the country.

The Democratic nominee will not be officially determined until the city Board of Elections releases its tally of absentee ballots on July 6. Further extending the ballot count is the advent of ranked-choice voting, which allows New Yorkers to select up to five candidates for each position. The system kicks in when no candidate attains 50 percent of votes on the first pass. The board plans to issue preliminary results of ranked ballots on June 29.

Yang spent months in first place after bursting into the primary with high name recognition and a relentlessly positive message. He filmed an ad riding the famous Cyclone roller coaster to tout the city’s comeback, made a show of buying movie tickets with his wife when theaters reopened and took on the powerful teacher’s union over school closures.

But the city’s steady reopening throughout the spring took some of the wind out of Yang’s sails, and his campaign faltered amid a series of public mistakes that critics said demonstrated what they had feared all along: A candidate who never voted in a mayoral election during his 25 years in the city lacked the municipal know-how for the job.

Sensing the public’s growing concern over crime, Yang adopted a strong anti-crime posture, but it was difficult to wrest the issue from Adams, who boasted 22 years on the police force and spoke openly about being assaulted by cops as a Black teenager in Queens.

The two developed a bitter rivalry, which was on full display during televised debates. Yang has recently taken to questioning Adams’ true residence following a story by POLITICO detailing confusing answers and botched paperwork about where he lives.

Adams and his surrogates went as far as accusing Yang and Garcia of attempted voter suppression of Black New Yorkers by teaming up in the final days of the race. They said their joint appearances were part of a strategy to appeal to one another’s supporters, but Adams slammed the arrangement, at one point invoking poll taxes that were employed to suppress Black votes.

Garcia, the city sanitation commissioner under de Blasio for seven years, made a surprising surge in her first bid for public office. She was lagging in the polls and facing difficulty fundraising, but the coveted endorsement of the New York Times and Daily News editorial boards helped propel her to the top tier late enough in the race that she did not sustain many negative attacks. In recent weeks, Adams began airing ads attacking her.

Wiley, the leading progressive candidate, competed for attention and endorsements with city Comptroller Scott Stringer and nonprofit CEO Dianne Morales, and didn’t pick up sufficient steam until each of their campaigns imploded.

Wiley decided to join the race last summer, as the city was gripped by police accountability protests that matched her passion and experience. But the ground shifted under her and her law enforcement reform agenda did not end up matching the wishes of a majority of voters.

As they chose their candidates Tuesday, voters also weighed in on the new voting system and offered a variety of reactions.

“I like having the option,” said Shannon Sciaretta, 24, of Queens. “Instead of picking one candidate I can pick a bunch of them, and maybe one of them will stick.”

Others were less enthused.

“I thought the whole thing sucked,” said retiree R. Reiser, 66, after casting his ballot on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “There’s so many candidates and there are so many offices and the information available was really tough to get … You don’t know what anybody stands for.”

Author: Sally Goldenberg and Tina Nguyen
This post originally appeared on Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

Yang Concedes; Final Race Call Is Not Expected for Weeks

June 22, 2021, 11:16 p.m. ET

in New York

Jennifer Gutiérrez will win the Democratic primary for the City Council seat in District 34, according to The Associated Press.

June 22, 2021, 11:14 p.m. ET

in New York

“What a moment,” Eric Adams repeats. “The little guy won.” The race has yet to be called.

June 22, 2021, 11:13 p.m. ET

“This is the people sending a message,” Michael Blake, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, says at Maya Wiley’s party. He still expects precincts that are yet to report to tilt toward Wiley.

June 22, 2021, 11:13 p.m. ET

in New York

Eric Adams takes the stage at 11:10 p.m. to his theme music, a repeating loop of “The Champ is Here.”

June 22, 2021, 11:09 p.m. ET

in New York

Selvena Brooks-Powers will win the Democratic primary for City Council District 31, The Associated Press says. It also called races for Carlina Rivera in District 2 and Farah Louis in District 45.

June 22, 2021, 11:07 p.m. ET

 “I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City,’’ Mr. Yang told supporters on Tuesday night. 
Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times

Andrew Yang, a former 2020 presidential candidate whose name recognition once made him an early front-runner in the New York mayor’s race, conceded on Tuesday night after trailing badly in early vote tallies.

Mr. Yang was joined by his wife, Evelyn, and other supporters, and spoke in a somber tone that contrasted with the enthusiasm and energy that marked his campaign.

“Our city was in crisis and we believed we could help,” he told supporters gathered at a Manhattan hotel.

But as a self-described “numbers guy,” he said, the outlook for his campaign was bleak.

“I am not going to be mayor of New York City based on the numbers that have come in tonight,” he said.

Mr. Yang said he believed his campaign had influenced the debate over priorities for the city’s future, including elevating the discussion of cash relief for families, an issue he had also promoted in the 2020 presidential race.

He praised his ability to draw many small donors and cited his alliance with Kathryn Garcia, a fellow mayoral candidate and former sanitation commissioner, as a positive.

“I thought we could elevate each other,” he said.

But ultimately, he said he and Ms. Yang would seek to help the city in other ways.

June 22, 2021, 11:03 p.m. ET

Raymond J. McGuire before a mayoral debate outside Rockefeller Center on June 16.
Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Raymond J. McGuire, a former Wall Street executive who entered the Democratic mayoral primary with a hefty war chest and significant support from business leaders, appeared to accept on Tuesday that he would not win the race while stopping short of conceding.

Mr. McGuire thanked his supporters and said he was “humbled” that they had joined a campaign in which he styled himself as a political outsider whose business acumen would be invaluable in putting the city on a firm footing as it recovered from the pandemic.

“It’s not about me,” Mr. McGuire. “It’s about we.”

He took his time saying thank-yous, then posed for selfies with a long line of supporters who snaked through the Red Rooster, the Harlem restaurant where they had gathered. They were cheerful and optimistic that what had become a long-shot bid might still turn into a triumph.

Michelle Jean, a friend and mentee of Mr. McGuire’s, said she felt gleeful voting for him on Tuesday. “I’d swim up and down the Hudson River for him,” she said. “He’s an extraordinary human being.”

June 22, 2021, 11:01 p.m. ET

in New York

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo invokes the language of the city’s first Black mayor, David Dinkins, and says Eric Adams formed a gorgeous mosaic with his diverse support.

June 22, 2021, 10:58 p.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia tells supporters that the election will now come down to ranked-choice results. “We’re not going to know a whole lot more tonight than we know now.”

June 22, 2021, 10:56 p.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia has taken the stage for what is definitely not a concession speech.

June 22, 2021, 10:48 p.m. ET

in New York

Andrew Yang, addressing supporters: “I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City, based upon the numbers that have come in tonight.”

June 22, 2021, 10:48 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang, in a somber tone, concedes the mayor’s race.

June 22, 2021, 10:45 p.m. ET

in New York

Jumaane Williams, the city’s public advocate, will win the Democratic primary for his position, according to The Associated Press. Williams endorsed Maya Wiley for mayor.

June 22, 2021, 10:44 p.m. ET

Eric Adams was racking up significant votes in the Bronx and was also doing well in Queens and Brooklyn.
Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, has a strong lead in the election results reported so far tonight.

Mr. Adams is ahead in every borough except Manhattan, and Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia are neck and neck for second place.

Andrew Yang, the former 2020 presidential candidate, is trailing in fourth place with less than 12 percent — a disappointing showing for a candidate who once led in the polls.

Not all of the election results are in yet, and absentee ballots still must be counted. But Mr. Adams’s lead was substantial — with over 70 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Adams had roughly 30 percent, compared with roughly 21 percent each for Ms. Wiley and Ms. Garcia.

Mr. Adams was winning overwhelmingly in the Bronx, and he was doing well in Queens and Brooklyn. Manhattan was tilting strongly toward Ms. Garcia.

Still, the ranked-choice voting system being used for the first time in New York, as well as the need to count absentee ballots, mean the official winner will not be known for weeks.

June 22, 2021, 10:43 p.m. ET

Scott M. Stringer and wife, Elyse Buxbaum, at his campaign celebration party Tuesday at The Ribbon, on the Upper West Side.
Credit…Andrew Seng for The New York Times

Scott M. Stringer, addressing supporters at a results-watching party on the Upper West Side shortly after polls closed, appeared to acknowledge on Tuesday that his longstanding dream of becoming mayor had come up short, without explicitly conceding that the race was over.

Citing his long career in government and politics, Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller, gave what amounted to a valedictory to a campaign that he began as a leading contender, only to fade after two women leveled decades-old accusations of sexual harassment against him.

“This was a very tough election for me and my family,” said Mr. Stringer, with his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, at his side “but it was a very inspirational one as well.”

He pledged to support “the next mayor,” and he also made it clear he was not finished with public service.

“I want to tell all of you that I’m not going anywhere,” he said to cheers and applause.

Earlier, before Mr. Stringer spoke, his supporters had remained optimistic that a late surge would push him to victory.

“I see the numbers. I see the statistics, and they don’t seem to favor him,” said Hamid Kherief of Manhattan, who was taking a smoking break outside The Ribbon, the restaurant where the watch party was held. “But I think we do rely on the last push.”

Mr. Kherief, 65, of the Algerian-American Association in New York, said he liked Mr. Stringer for his deep ties to city government and “the establishment.” He acknowledged that Mr. Stringer’s campaign had been hurt by the sexual harassment accusations, which the candidate denied.

June 22, 2021, 10:41 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang has arrived in Hell’s Kitchen, speech expected momentarily.

June 22, 2021, 10:40 p.m. ET

in New York

Eric Adams is expected to take the stage at 11 p.m. Two City Council members, Laurie Cumbo and Ydanis Rodriguez, will speak. Adams will be introduced by his brother Bernard.

June 22, 2021, 10:36 p.m. ET

in New York

It’s looking likely that Gale Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, will win her primary for the City Council seat she held from 2002 to 2013. She’s got a massive lead.

June 22, 2021, 10:31 p.m. ET

The Associated Press calls Curtis Sliwa as the winner in the Republican primary for mayor. Sliwa is the founder of the Guardian Angels. He will face the Democratic winner in November.

June 22, 2021, 10:30 p.m. ET

The crowd at the Kathryn Garcia party is gathering for a speech.

June 22, 2021, 10:29 p.m. ET

Curtis Sliwa beat Fernando Mateo easily in the Republican mayoral primary to win the party’s nomination on Tuesday.
Credit…Desiree Rios for The New York Times

Curtis Sliwa won the Republican primary in the New York mayor’s race on Tuesday, setting up a long-shot challenge in November to the Democratic Party’s eventual nominee.

With a significant portion of votes counted, Mr. Sliwa was beating Fernando Mateo by over 40 percentage points, according to The Associated Press.

His victory capped a bitter campaign pitting onetime friends and first-time candidates against each other to become the standard-bearer of a party whose political power in New York has waned significantly since it vaulted consecutive mayors, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, to City Hall for a total of five terms.

With public attention on crime and safety increasing amid the city’s efforts to move past the coronavirus pandemic, both Republican candidates this year sought to claim the law-and-order mantle. But Mr. Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, a group of self-appointed crime fighters, may have been especially well positioned to capitalize on the circumstances.

Juan Pagan, who was in the crowd at Mr. Sliwa’s primary night party at the Empire Steak House in Midtown Manhattan, said the candidate’s background had given him a clear edge in the race.

“He’s a hard-core New Yorker,” said Mr. Pagan, a 65-year-old retiree from the Lower East Side, speaking in room festooned with red and white balloons scraping the ceiling beneath a sparkling chandelier. “It’s in his veins, it’s in his blood.”

Ayton Eller, wearing a “Refund the Police” T-shirt and a “Trump 2020” yarmulke, echoed that sentiment.

“He knows New York inside and out, he’s been to all the diverse neighborhoods, Harlem, the Bronx,” said Mr. Eller, 41, an accountant who lives in Brooklyn’s Flatlands neighborhood.

Mr. Giuliani, who endorsed Mr. Sliwa, was also in attendance. He said that Democrats discounted the Republican at their peril.

“People underestimate Curtis,” Mr. Giuliani said.

A radio host and longtime fixture in the New York media landscape who joined the Republican Party only last year, Mr. Sliwa first gained prominence in the 1980s for his creation of the crime-fighting group, whose members roamed the subway and streets in red berets, offering a sense of safety to some New Yorkers who felt especially jittery at a time when crime was far more rampant in the city than it is now.

The group earned its share of headlines, but Mr. Sliwa, a former McDonald’s night manager, later acknowledged that some of them were based on events that had been faked for the publicity.

Credit…Andrew Seng for The New York Times

Mr. Mateo, a restaurateur with ties to New York’s taxi industry, was born in the Dominican Republic and is a longtime Republican fund-raiser. He gained his own measure of notoriety when it emerged that he had acted as a middleman in fund-raising efforts by Mayor Bill de Blasio that attracted scrutiny from investigators.

Republican leaders were divided over which candidate was the best option to vie for leadership of a city where Democrats hold an edge of more than six to one in registered voters. The Manhattan, Queens and Bronx Republican Parties endorsed Mr. Mateo; Mr. Sliwa had the backing of the Staten Island and Brooklyn parties.

The Republican nominating contest on Tuesday came as the party has grown increasingly irrelevant in the nation’s large cities, aligning itself firmly with rural, conservative voters since Donald J. Trump’s ascent.

Nate Schweber contributed reporting.

June 22, 2021, 10:27 p.m. ET

in New York

As Eric Adams’s lead widens, aides say that he is not likely to claim outright victory tonight. Instead, he will say something like “New York ranked Eric No. 1.”

June 22, 2021, 10:24 p.m. ET

Still a lot of mingling, and drinks and food being served at Andrew Yang’s party. I’m told some of his supporters might speak before he shows up.

Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times

June 22, 2021, 10:24 p.m. ET

The early results indicate a strong showing for Brad Lander in the city comptroller’s race. He is ahead of Corey Johnson. Lander was endorsed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

June 22, 2021, 10:24 p.m. ET

Supporters of Andrew Yang gathered on Tuesday night in Midtown Manhattan for a primary night party.
Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times

As results of the mayoral election began trickling in, optimism and apprehension ran high among a group of the youngest campaign volunteers at Andrew Yang’s election night party, as early results showed him trailing three candidate.

“You work all day, every day — for me a month,” said Declan Duggan, 18, a sophomore at George Washington University. “This is the culmination of that. We’re all anxious to see what happens.”

Sitting next to Mr. Duggan, Prince Wong, 19, remembered how Mr. Yang’s support for nuclear energy felt like a bold, brave position among the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

“I had become politically disengaged,” Mr. Wong said. “Yang reinvigorated me.”

He drove up from Virginia, where he’s a student at Virginia Tech University, about a month ago so he could be part of the campaign.

For Shivani Saboo, 22, the experience volunteering on the campaign was a memorable one, thanks in part to Mr. Yang’s enthusiasm.

“The energy comes from the top,” she said.

June 22, 2021, 10:19 p.m. ET

A cheer rang out as Maya Wiley came out to hug supporters. She and other female supporters are dancing to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).”

Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times
Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

June 22, 2021, 10:16 p.m. ET

Alvin Bragg, left, campaigning in Harlem on Tuesday. 
Credit…Dave Sanders for The New York Times

With a significant portion of the vote in, Alvin Bragg leads by about five percentage points in the race for Manhattan district attorney, keeping his foremost opponent, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, at bay.

Mr. Bragg and Ms. Farhadian Weinstein, both former federal prosecutors, have significant leads over the other six candidates. Mr. Bragg is performing particularly well in neighborhoods on the Upper West Side and in his lifelong home of Harlem, while Ms. Farhadian Weinstein is cleaning up on the Upper East Side, handily beating Dan Quart, an assembly member and fellow candidate, in his own district.

Tahanie Aboushi, one of three candidates without any prosecutorial experience, is in third, outperforming expectations.

The race for Manhattan district attorney is not a ranked-choice election, which makes it one of the few major contests in which voters can reasonably expect to see a result Tuesday evening.

June 22, 2021, 10:07 p.m. ET

Evan Thies, an adviser to Eric Adams, tells NY1 that “we feel great” and that Adams assembled a “five-borough coalition.” The early results show Adams ahead in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

June 22, 2021, 10:03 p.m. ET

Bruce McIver, former Mayor Ed Koch’s chief labor negotiator, is Kathryn Garcia’s father. He says he is feeling “a little freaky, a little anxious” this election night.

June 22, 2021, 9:57 p.m. ET

The early returns show Kathryn Garcia ahead in Manhattan, a dynamic that has been palpable on the ground in recent weeks. A big question for her: Does that translate citywide?

June 22, 2021, 9:56 p.m. ET

Joe Lhota, the 2013 Republican candidate for mayor, just walked into Kathryn Garcia’s party.

June 22, 2021, 9:55 p.m. ET

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor, appeared on NY1 at Curtis Sliwa’s party. Giuliani said Sliwa ran an “unbelievably strong campaign” and a Republican can win the race.

June 22, 2021, 9:55 p.m. ET

Scott M. Stringer eagerly watched the poll results Tuesday at his celebration party at The Ribbon on the Upper West Side.
Credit…Andrew Seng for The New York Times

Although their candidates may not have been in the top tier, supporters of Raymond J. McGuire and Scott Stringer were nonetheless upbeat as they gathered to watch the primary results come in.

“Seeing the interactions between Mr. McGuire and New Yorkers was really powerful,” said Drake Johnson, a campaign intern who was among those at the McGuire campaign’s event at the Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, where the basement club Ginny’s was decorated with gold and black balloons and handmade posters that said, “Ray’s got receipts.”

“I’m really proud of what we’ve done,” Mr. Johnson added of the campaign that Mr. McGuire, a former Wall Street executive, had run.

Travis Aprile, a member of the campaign’s finance team, was also feeling confident though also unsure about what final results would be.

“Anything is possible,” he said. “I’d be surprised if we know anything tonight.”

At the Ribbon, a restaurant on the Upper West Side, supporters of Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller, said they were clinging to the hope that a late surge would push him to victory.

“I see the numbers, I see the statistics and they don’t seem to favor him,” said Hamid Kherief of Manhattan, who was taking a smoking break outside. “But I think we do rely on the last push.”

Mr. Kherief, 65, of the Algerian-American Association in New York, said he liked Mr. Stringer for his long-standing connections to city government and “the establishment.” He acknowledged that Mr. Stringer’s campaign had been hurt by acccusations of sexual harassment that had been leveled against him by two women. Mr. Stringer has denied the allegations.

“I think there’s still hope,” he said.

June 22, 2021, 9:53 p.m. ET

in New York

With much of the vote still out, Alvin Bragg has a narrow lead over Tali Farhadian Weinstein in the Manhattan district attorney’s race. Both candidates are up big over the other six.

June 22, 2021, 9:51 p.m. ET

in New York

The diversity of Eric Adams’s coalition is on display here: A group of Asian American supporters pose as Orthodox Jewish men chat nearby. A woman in a hijab is on the dance floor. Black and Latino supporters are mingling.

Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times
Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

June 22, 2021, 9:44 p.m. ET

At the Maya Wiley party in Brooklyn, music is thumping under magenta lights. They’re talking a million miles an hour, grabbing Brooklyn Lagers and fresh veggies.

Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

June 22, 2021, 9:27 p.m. ET

in New York

The crowd at Eric Adams’s party cheers loudly when NY1 posts early results showing him leading Kathryn Garcia with just 2 percent of the vote reported.

Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

June 22, 2021, 9:20 p.m. ET

At the Dianne Morales party, songs by No Doubt, Tracy Chapman and Sister Sledge are playing. A campaign spokesperson says “the mood tonight is very optimistic and celebratory.”

June 22, 2021, 9:20 p.m. ET

A birthday cake at Dianne Morales’s election party in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Credit…Jazmine Hughes

No matter the primary results tonight, the mood at Dianne Morales’s election party was festive and celebratory: it also functioned as the candidate’s birthday party. (She turned 54 on Monday.)

Supporters and staff gathered at The Corners in Bedford-Stuyvesant, her neighborhood bar, and feasted on mac and cheese, fried chicken and ribs, all ordered from a local joint. A cake birthday cake was offered for dessert.

“It feels like we’re in the middle, at a crossroads, starting the next chapter,” Ms. Morales said, addressing the crowd around 9:30 p.m.

In a speech that referenced Frederick Douglass, Shirley Chisholm and Michelle Obama, Ms. Morales described the challenges her campaign, historic in its elevation of an Afro-Latina woman to the mayoral ballot, had overcome in order to make it to election night.

“The path has not been easy: my candidacy was erased, dismissed, subjected to racist and sexist tropes and underestimated,” she said. “But we challenged idea that political outsiders can’t run for office.”

Regardless of the outcome, Ms. Morales’ ideological effect on the race is a point of pride for her. She said that the excitement around her campaign, the furthest left in the field, had invariably pushed other candidates to be more progressive. “Almost every candidate in this race has shifted their positions to be closer to ours,” said Ms. Morales. “We can track the changes.”

She redoubled her commitment to working to transform the city, especially on behalf of marginalized communities. “I am convinced now more than ever that if anyone can do it, we can.”

June 22, 2021, 9:18 p.m. ET

No major hiccups at the polls today. But all eyes are on how the city’s Board of Elections conducts ranked-choice voting rounds for the first time in a major election.

June 22, 2021, 9:16 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley’s after-party is at Kai Studios, a Black-owned business in Brooklyn. Signs outside support Black Lives Matter and commemorate Breonna Taylor. Win or lose, supporters are in a buoyant mood.

June 22, 2021, 9:13 p.m. ET

in New York

Chris Coffey, one of Andrew Yang’s campaign managers, tells NY1 that the campaign feels “really good” about turnout in areas like Flushing and Borough Park, where they think support for Yang is high.

June 22, 2021, 9:12 p.m. ET

Guests are arriving at Andrew Yang’s election night party, where staff are checking people in and requiring masks for folks who aren’t vaccinated.

Credit…Mihir Zaveri for The New York Times

June 22, 2021, 9:09 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley has sought to unite progressive voters behind her candidacy for mayor. Some activists, however, have focused on down-ballot races. 
Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

“Rank Crystal Hudson No. 1 for City Council.”

“Rank Michael Hollingsworth No. 1 for City Council.”

That was the refrain outside a polling station in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, where two leading candidates for a seat on New York’s lawmaking body are in a fierce fight. Both are running as progressives. Both embrace core liberal planks like the Green New Deal.

On a Primary Day that has the current mayor, at least, expecting disappointment for left-leaning Democrats, some of the most fired-up progressives are not even focused on the mayoral race. They are betting on council races, where they believe they can make their biggest gains.

They also say they have found that climate and environmental justice — key priorities that never rose to the top of the mayor’s race — work better as retail politics in local districts where they can be connected to specific neighborhood problems like pollution from power plants.

“The climate crisis is a winning talking point in a local municipal election,” Stylianos Karolidis, a climate activist with the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, said as he knocked on doors in Astoria, his home neighborhood, with Tiffany Cabán, who is favored to win the Council seat in the Queens district. “It’s incredibly exciting to be proving that.”

Ms. Cabán is one of six candidates D.S.A. is running for Council seats. All of them, including Mr. Hollingsworth, snagged the coveted approval of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“We’re opposing a new power plant in the neighborhood, because we already have high asthma rates here,” Ms. Cabán told a voter through a cracked door.

Canvassers for Jo Anne Simon, a State Assembly member running for Brooklyn borough president, have emphasized her sponsorship of a “public power” bill to authorize projects like an alternative to private utilities that charge consumers to build new infrastructure that remains reliant on fossil fuels.

And although Mr. Hollingsworth has focused mainly on housing, volunteers campaigning for him on Tuesday said he had also won support from residents fighting a pipeline through North Brooklyn and a tower that would overshadow the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

“You ask them how they’re doing, and they say, ‘Man, I just got this insane ConEd bill,’” said James Thacher, a volunteer. “And then you start talking about municipally-owned renewable energy.”

June 22, 2021, 9:07 p.m. ET

No matter the results tonight, the mood at Dianne Morales’s election party is festive and celebratory: She turned 54 on Monday. There are rumors of a cake.

June 22, 2021, 9:03 p.m. ET

in New York

We don’t have any City Council results, but the Working Families Party is heralding “a more progressive, diverse and representative” body than ever before.

June 22, 2021, 9:00 p.m. ET

The polls have now closed, and we are awaiting results of the most consequential city election in a generation.

June 22, 2021, 8:58 p.m. ET

in New York

At Eric Adams’s party at the Williamsburg club Schimanski, the music is a mix of classic 1980s songs from artists like Prince and Madonna. The venue is slowly filling up.

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June 22, 2021, 8:36 p.m. ET

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Ranked-choice elections can go one of two ways. The first is that someone wins outright by earning a majority of first-choice votes. But few think that will happen in the crowded Democratic primary for mayor.

What’s more likely to happen is we’ll see candidates be eliminated over multiple rounds of counting: Each round, the candidate with the fewest votes gets cut, and his or her votes are reallocated to the candidate the voters ranked next. Watch the video above for a sense of how that works.

June 22, 2021, 8:27 p.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia said she wouldn’t get to sleep in on Wednesday because she had to be up early for a niece’s graduation.
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Kathryn Garcia stood in front of the black iron gates at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn on Tuesday, holding a single red rose in her hand. Behind her, the sky began to clear as the sun broke through the clouds.

Slowly Ms. Garcia studied the photos and artwork, adorned with messages of heartache and pain and celebration of life that lined the fence to honor the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who died of Covid-19.

She slid the rose into mesh netting that covered the fence.

“We lost more than 30,000 people, and we need to remember that as we think about what we are going to do in the future,” Ms. Garcia said, her voice breaking. “It is a moment where we should have a lot of optimism, but every single person we lost has a family and we need to remember that.”

The cemetery was her last campaign stop on Tuesday, and Ms. Garcia said she felt positive about what she had seen and heard from voters and about the path ahead. “I want to be able to roll up my sleeves and do the work of rebuilding,” she said.

But even after a long, damp and cold day spent talking to voters, and a monthslong campaign that she started as an underdog, Ms. Garcia will not get to sleep in on Wednesday.

“My niece has a graduation at 9:30 in the morning, and I’ll be there — apparently with a gift,” she said, adding that she hadn’t bought one yet.

As Ms. Garcia headed back to her van, a runner hurried past and called out, “I ranked you No. 1.”

June 22, 2021, 8:23 p.m. ET

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Andrew Yang Campaigns on Primary Day

Andrew Yang greeted voters in the rain outside a polling site in Brooklyn in a final push to win the Democratic primary race for mayor of New York.

“I ranked you first.” That’s what I heard all day today. “I ranked you first.” Thank you. Yeah, come on over, get a picture. “You’re in my neighborhood. My kids’ school. They graduated from here. Thank you.” Thank you. It’s been a privilege running for mayor. I’m being in position to potentially serve as the mayor of a city of 8.3 million. To be able to impact that many lives, it’s incredible. You know, it would be a true honor. But when you talk to New Yorkers on the street, you know, they have a range of situations. Some might be independent. Some might be independent — I just talked to someone who was registered with the Working Families Party and then found he couldn’t vote in the primary today. So there are different people with different situations, but hundreds of thousands of people are going to be voting today. And I know that our supporters are going to be among them. I’m so glad that Eric Adams had earlier to me committed to abiding by the results of the ranked-choice voting election. I think it’s the future of democracy. I’m excited to see the vote count tonight, but I’m even more excited to have the final results tallied a number of days or weeks from now. And know New Yorkers don’t like to wait, but we should really be patient on this one. Thank you for being here, everybody. Thank you. All right. Thank you.

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Andrew Yang greeted voters in the rain outside a polling site in Brooklyn in a final push to win the Democratic primary race for mayor of New York.CreditCredit…Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times

Andrew Yang made a number of stops across the city on Tuesday. In Brooklyn, he greeted voters in the rain amid a final, feverish push to get people to the polls.

June 22, 2021, 8:08 p.m. ET

June 22, 2021, 7:45 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley will be watching the results at a venue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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The final results of the primary election may not be known for weeks, but that’s not stopping the leading Democratic mayoral candidates from celebrating as at least some of the vote tallies come in.

  • Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, is watching the results at The Ribbon, a restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

  • Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, is holding a party at KAI Studio, a venue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

  • Shaun Donovan, a former housing secretary under President Barack Obama, is having a party at his campaign’s headquarters in Brooklyn Heights.

  • Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate, is holding his party at Green Fig, a restaurant on the rooftop of Yotel — a hotel — in Hell’s Kitchen.

  • Ray McGuire, a former Wall Street executive, is having his party at the Red Rooster, a restaurant in Harlem.

  • Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, is holding her party at 99 Scott, an event space in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

  • Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, is having his party at Schimanski, a nightclub near the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn.

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