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How Andrew Yang went from rock star to also-ran

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks to New Yorkers at the AAPI Democracy Project's "Voting is Justice Rally" in Chinatown on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in New York.

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NEW YORK — Andrew Yang burst into the New York City mayor’s race with strong name recognition, high-profile endorsers and a relentlessly positive message of rebirth for a city torn apart by tragedy.

On Tuesday, the published author and entrepreneur — who made a name for himself with a longshot presidential run — limped to a distant fourth-place finish in the crowded field of Democratic candidates looking to replace outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The final results of the primary race will not be finalized for weeks, as the city Board of Elections tabulates absentee and ranked-choice ballots that can include up to five candidates. The new ranking system will kick in since frontrunner Eric Adams did not secure 50 percent of the vote.

But Yang, recognizing he had too much ground to overcome, conceded the race two hours after polls closed Tuesday night.

“You all know I am a numbers guy. I’m someone who traffics in what’s happening by the numbers,” he told supporters at his election night watch party, on a hotel terrace in Hell’s Kitchen. “And I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City based upon the numbers that have come in tonight.”

It was a disappointing finish for someone who spent much of the race in a comfortable lead. When he launched his campaign in January, during the Covid-19 pandemic’s second wave, Yang was the most famous candidate by far. He topped his competitors in name recognition and quickly amassed a campaign warchest that allowed him to spend more than $ 8 million on the race. And his early support could be measured in individual donors — 21,138, compared to 9,390 for Adams, according to the city Campaign Finance Board’s latest disclosure.

It was never enough.

Damaging Yang’s chances were both circumstances outside of his control and his own failure to overcome his deficit of knowledge about municipal government.

“[Yang’s team] sensed before most people that people wanted to look forward and wanted somebody who would champion New York City’s comeback and they did that,” city-based political consultant Jonathan Rosen, who was not affiliated with a campaign, said on Wednesday. “I think the problem is they didn’t have a second act in terms of seriousness and policy, and New York City primary voters are smart. They really kick the tires on candidates.”

Two of Yang’s opponents had been in office for years and three had held high-level city government jobs. By comparison, his commitment to municipal government fell short: He had never before voted in a mayoral election — a perceived shortcoming he batted away by arguing he was in good company, due to traditionally low turnout in local races. He also caught flack for leaving the city at the height of the pandemic to decamp to his second home in New Paltz, N.Y.

He sought to make up ground politically by appealing to voting blocs that were up for grabs — namely Orthodox Jews whose community leaders endorsed the political newcomer due in part to his lax stance on underperforming yeshivas. And he energized voters in Asian pockets of the city, particularly after mass shootings in Atlanta and Indianapolis.

A detailed map of preliminary results shows Yang dominated in Flushing, Queens and Manhattan’s Chinatown — a predominantly Asian part of the city. He also performed well in districts with large Orthodox Jewish populations.

But he failed the local civics test over and over on the trail.

In just one week, he held a press conference in which he seemed to misunderstand the financing of the MTA, was publicly corrected for a gap in knowledge about domestic violence shelters and all but admitted to not knowing the commonly-used name of a police discipline statute.

“There is no excuse for not learning about the city you want to lead. But he was amazingly effective in mobilizing voters — especially the young voters as well as the growing Asian community,” said Mitchell Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University and a longtime chronicler of city politics.

At the same time, the ground shifted beneath Yang.

At the outset, it appeared that a city economically ravaged by a pandemic was ready for his vision: An unrelenting, cheerful belief in the power of positive thinking, bolstered by his promise of cash relief; an outsider who wouldn’t fall into traditional political traps while managing a crisis.

But within a few months of his campaign’s launch, that advantage fell away: Vaccinations skyrocketed and the city reopened within weeks. Businesses went on hiring sprees and workers began making more money — all under the management of those career politicians.

At the same time, an alarming spike in shootings became voters’ primary concern — an issue that, compared to some of his opponents, Yang was ill-equipped to address. Adams had spent 22 years in the NYPD and retired as a captain, a background that offered him credibility to campaign almost singularly on combating gun violence. Yang tried to match him, but was always left in his wake.

And just as Yang’s presidential campaign was beset by insensitive comments about women and minorities, so too was his mayoral campaign. Along the way, he turned off LGBT activists and fumbled his way through the Palestine-Israel debate.

In the final weeks, Yang blamed mentally ill and homeless New Yorkers for the rise in violent crime, arguing they were hampering the city’s economic comeback.

“Yes, mentally ill people have rights, but you know who else has rights? We do! The people and families of the city,” Yang said during a debate co-hosted by POLITICO, NBC New York and Telemundo 47. “We have the right to walk the street and not fear for our safety because a mentally ill person is going to lash out at us.”

Even as Wiley and Adams attacked him for the remarks, Yang continued to repeat the claim at campaign events and press conferences, going so far as to tell a radio host that the city’s homeless population would scare tourists away: “And then they don’t come back, and they tell their friends, ‘Don’t go to New York City.’”

“When it was about recovery and we were living in a Zoom-land, where folks were not vaccinated and we had no idea when or how we were going to open again, people were yearning for someone who would bring hope and optimism. And we were out there campaigning when no one else was,” Chris Coffey, Yang’s co-campaign manager, said in an interview on Wednesday.

With the campaign slogan “hope is on the way,” Yang exuberantly floated through the city, cheerleading its comeback. He made a show of buying movie tickets for himself and his wife when theaters reopened, held a press conference with the founder of TurboVax and cut a TV ad riding Brooklyn’s famous Cyclone rollercoaster.

While his style invited criticism from some of his more seasoned competitors — City Comptroller Scott Stringer often admonished him for substance-free proposals — all signs indicated voters were interested.

But as the tenor of the race shifted, Yang — whose lack of ideological consistency led his own consultant to call him an “empty vessel” — struggled to come up with a new game plan.

Coffey said the campaign team, itself an ideological polylith, considered ways to pivot.

Crime seemed like a natural second chapter, given the spike in gun violence, but Adams was occupying that space. Yang did not want to push a police reform message like attorney Maya Wiley, who came in second place Tuesday night, particularly since the Democratic electorate seemed to want a strong NYPD.

So he tried to return to his political roots and double down on his plans for cash relief, but it didn’t seem to stick. A recent press conference with celebrity supporter John Leguizamo to tout his scaled-back version of Universal Basic Income garnered little attention, Coffey said. So did an announcement about speeding up construction of a stalled water tunnel.

In the closing weekend of the campaign, Yang formed an alliance with rival Kathryn Garcia and the two stumped together — a common tactic in ranked-choice elections. Yang urged his supporters to rank her second; she didn’t return the favor.

In the end, the candidate whose kidney stone received national coverage was relegated to riding in Garcia’s campaign van during the final stretch of the race. “He needed a way from Flushing to here,” Garcia joked that day as Yang chuckled awkwardly next to her.

“They kind of just pinballed from hype houses to casinos to UBI to the People’s Bank to an ending jag on mentally ill homeless people. It was hard to find a throughline,” Rosen said, ticking off a list of some of Yang’s proposals. “And I think in that kind of context, as voters tuned into the other candidates, people who had initially been interested by the flash and the dazzle went elsewhere.”

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

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.

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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. 
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“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.

Credit…Jeff Mays for The New York Times

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







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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Rancor Between Adams and Yang Marks End of Bruising Mayoral Campaign

On the final full day of New York City’s mayoral primary campaign, the leading Democratic candidate, Eric Adams, called a top rival a “liar” and a “fraud.”

Only moments earlier, that rival, Andrew Yang, had suggested that Mr. Adams “cuts corners and breaks rules,” and that if Mr. Adams was to become mayor, his administration “would be mired in dysfunction and questions and investigation almost from Day 1.”

New York’s most important mayor’s race in a generation, whose victor will be charged with reviving a city broken by the pandemic, is ending on an ugly note. On the eve of Tuesday’s primary, the contest devolved into a rancorous spat between two of the race’s leading candidates and prompted fresh, if unwarranted, criticism of the city’s implementation of ranked-choice voting.

At issue for Mr. Adams was a late alliance between Mr. Yang, a former presidential candidate, and Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner; Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, continued to suggest, without evidence, that Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang were conspiring to suppress the Black vote.

The accusation runs counter to the goal of ranked-choice voting, a system that allows voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference. Proponents say it generally induces better behavior by forcing candidates to court their opponents’ bases, in pursuit of a second- or third-place ranking.

It is supposed to foster friendly alliances, and to a limited extent in this mayor’s race, it has: Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia have been campaigning together in the final days.

But ranked-choice voting appears to be no match for the typically nasty tenor of New York politics.

“Ranked-choice voting isn’t a cure-all,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, and a proponent of the new system. “Humans are going to be humans.”

The rancor rose with the sun on the morning of what would become another unusually unpleasant June day.

At 7 a.m. Monday, Mr. Adams appeared on CNN, one of a series of national cable television appearances for the mayoral candidates on Monday. He spoke about the recent stabbing of a campaign volunteer in the South Bronx, and mentioned his visit to the family of two children who were nearly killed on a Bronx sidewalk, when they got caught between a shooter and his intended target.

The anecdote highlighted the central theme of his campaign — that crime is rising and only he, a former police captain and police reformer, is equipped to tackle it without violating New Yorkers’ civil rights.

But soon, the conversation turned to Mr. Adams’s other topic of choice: Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia.

The prior morning, Mr. Adams’s campaign had released a series of quotes from allies arguing that the decision by Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang to campaign together was an effort to suppress the Black and Latino vote.

The news release called the alliance a “back-room deal” to block Mr. Adams’s path to City Hall, even though it is playing out in public.

Ashley Sharpton, the daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton and an Adams supporter, called the alliance “a cynical attempt by Garcia and Yang to disenfranchise Black voters.”

“We didn’t march in the streets all summer last year and organize for generations just so that some rich businessman and bureaucrat who don’t relate to the masses can steal the election from us,” she said. “Disgusting.”

Asked about those comments, Mr. Adams told CNN that those were merely his allies’ words. In the next breath, he suggested they were his own.

“I can say this, that African Americans are very clear on voter suppression,” Mr. Adams said. “We know about a poll tax.”

Mr. Adams’s tack seemed designed to capitalize on an idea he has long articulated: That voters do not truly understand how ranked-choice voting works.

His remarks sparked condemnation from across the Democratic Party.

“It is disingenuous and dangerous to play on the very real and legitimate fears of bigotry and voter disenfranchisement by pretending it’s present where it’s not,” said Jumaane Williams, the New York City public advocate, who is Black and backing Maya Wiley’s campaign. “Unfortunately, these tactics are too often effective.”

Mr. Yang condemned Mr. Adams’s remarks, as did Ms. Wiley, who is Black and the leading candidate on the left; she issued a fiery statement that condemned Mr. Adams’s comments, without naming him.

“These accusations are a weaponization of real fears and concerns about our democracy, and have no place here,” she said.

Mr. Adams’s remarks even earned him a rebuke from the chair of the Elections Committee in the New York State Senate, Zellnor Myrie, who is Black and has not endorsed a candidate in the mayor’s race.

“I think about voter suppression more than the average politician,” he wrote on Twitter. “To call RCV voter suppression, or compare it to a poll tax, is **incredibly** wrong and dangerous. Stop it.”

Later in the day, when a reporter asked Mr. Adams if he could assure voters that he would not emulate the former President Donald J. Trump and claim the election was stolen, Mr. Adams’s response was equivocal.

“I assure voters that no one is going to steal the election from me,” he said.

Mr. Yang’s advisers were hopeful that Mr. Adams’s outbursts, while designed to rally his own supporters, might stoke doubts among some moderate voters who were considering ranking Mr. Adams.

A spokesman for Mr. Adams had no comment on that school of thought.

The rest of the last campaign day before the primary played out in the shadow of the Adams-Yang dispute. The tone outside of the firing zone was substantially more lighthearted, as the candidates dashed through the five boroughs in one last-gasp attempt to win voters’ allegiance.

They glad-handed at subway stations and rallied with supporters, and Mr. Yang zipped around the five boroughs in a van emblazoned with his face that his campaign dubbed the Yangatron — a nod to an interview comment where Mr. Yang said his favorite past New York City mayor would be a “Voltron”-like amalgamation.

On Monday morning, Ms. Wiley returned to the vote-rich Upper West Side of Manhattan to campaign outside of Fairway Market on Broadway, a popular stomping ground for candidates.

“All the best to you, queen,” one woman shouted as she walked past.

Reporting was contributed by Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Katie Glueck, Michael Gold, Jeffery C. Mays, Ashley Wong and Mihir Zaveri.

Author: Dana Rubinstein
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Yang and Garcia Team Up Again on Last Day of Early Voting in N.Y.C.

June 20, 2021, 4:13 p.m. ET

Scott M. Stringer campaigns with his family, his wife and two kids, all wearing blue “TEAM STRINGER” shirts, in the Lower East Side on a Sunday.
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A competitive and grueling mayor’s race does not take Father’s Day off.

Just look to Scott M. Stringer, who turned campaigning into a family affair on Sunday afternoon, when he, his wife and two sons canvassed on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller, said.

It was not Mr. Stringer’s first time getting out the vote on Father’s Day. He has been an elected official in some capacity in New York since 1993.

That experience has been a major theme in his campaign for mayor. Mr. Stringer has hoped that his extensive political career would appeal to voters looking for know-how, while his shift toward progressive politics would attract left-leaning Democrats.

But Mr. Stringer’s campaign faltered after two women accused him of sexual misconduct, allegations dating from decades ago.

Mr. Stringer has denied the allegations and suggested that both were politically motivated. But a number of progressive groups and lawmakers who had endorsed him moved their support to other candidates, particularly Maya Wiley, who has sought to establish herself as the left’s best chance at the mayor’s office.

Still, as Mr. Stringer stopped to talk to voters, many of whom greeted him enthusiastically, he sounded optimistic about his path to victory on Tuesday.

“As you can see on the streets, the reaction is great,” he said. “It’s a different view than the pundits may have. I’ve been in these elections before, and I’ve never been, you know, the pundit candidate. But we end up pulling these elections off, and I’m hopeful.”

While he acknowledged that his message and Ms. Wiley’s had become very similar in recent weeks, he still believed that his time in politics made him well-suited to lead.

As he spoke and posed for photos with voters, his children — Max, 9, and Miles, 7 — were able to take part in the campaigning. Both sons, wearing blue “Team Stringer” shirts,” were enthusiastically handing out Mr. Stringer’s pamphlets to voters. (Their success rate at stopping neighborhood residents was higher than their parents. Childlike cuteness has its advantages with voters.)

At one point, a neighborhood resident asked Mr. Stringer for a photo.

“That’ll cost you a first-place vote,” Mr. Stringer joked afterward.

“Deal,” the man responded, shaking Mr. Stringer’s hand.

June 20, 2021, 3:46 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley took the stage in Chinatown, Scott M. Stringer sought some shade in the Lower East Side and Andrew Yang posed for photos in Forest Hills alongside Elizabeth Crowley, who is running for Queens borough president.

June 20, 2021, 3:23 p.m. ET

An empty gymnasium at the Brooklyn School for Social Justice in Bushwick set up for voting on Sunday.
Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

The scene in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon was a far cry from that of November, when lines stretched blocks as more than 1.1 million people cast early ballots in the presidential election.

Instead, voters were able to walk right into polling sites only to emerge minutes later.

Wait-time maps showed delays of less than 20 minutes across the city, which could be a sign of disinterest from New Yorkers who opted to spend their summer Sunday blowing off steam in a mostly reopened city with temperatures forecast to hit almost 90 degrees.

A few masked New Yorkers trickled down the escalators at Hudson Yards, wearing “I Voted Early” stickers as a handful of canvassers lined the sidewalks. The employees of nearby restaurants said the last couple of days of early voting had been quiet, though occasionally they fielded questions from New Yorkers asking where to go.

Katie Knoll was one of the voters who turned up on Sunday. “Hopefully by voting early I can relieve some of the pressure on” Tuesday, Ms. Knoll, 26, said. Sustainability and the environment are among the issues most important to her, she explained. No candidate stood out to her as a front-runner.

Rene Moya said he noticed signs for early voting at Hudson Yards yesterday while out grocery shopping and was lured by the convenience of it — he lives close by. Mr. Moya, who works as a project manager, said quality of life issues, including crime, were priorities for him. While he was cycling yesterday, someone blocked a bike lane and tried throwing punches at him, he said.

Mr. Moya, 49, voted for Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley as his top two candidates. Ms. Garcia “is going to know what she is doing,” he said, and Ms. Wiley impressed him after her performance in the second debate.

Men have had their time in charge, he added, and it was time for a woman to take the reins.

June 20, 2021, 3:06 p.m. ET

Eric Adams campaigns in Brooklyn for the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City.
Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

Eric Adams, the front-runner in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary, is raising questions about the electoral process as his campaign faces growing efforts from opponents to slow his momentum.

Already a critic of ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to choose five candidates in their order of preference, Mr. Adams is now taking aim at the city’s plans to start releasing partial and unofficial vote totals on Tuesday.

The Board of Elections should only release the results when they have the final tally, he said — though that tally might not be available for weeks. Otherwise, he said, voters might worry there’s “hanky panky” going on.

“We should hold all the numbers until we have the final number,” Mr. Adams said at a Brooklyn church on Sunday.

His criticisms of the Board of Election’s plans began at least last year when he supported an unsuccessful lawsuit by Black lawmakers to stop ranked-choice voting.

Throughout the campaign, Mr. Adams has declined to say who he would rank second on his ballot, which led to criticism from a leading rival, Andrew Yang, that Mr. Adams did not support ranked-choice voting.

The Board of Elections will release an unofficial tally on primary night. If no candidate gets the 50 percent plus one vote required for victory, the ranked-choice voting tabulation process will begin.

On June 29, the board will run the ranked-choice voting software for the first time and post the results. That total will not include absentee and affidavit ballots. On July 6, the board will run the ranking software again, this time with absentee and affidavit ballots.

As the absentee and affidavit ballots continue to be counted, the board will continue to post updated results. Final results could come by the week of July 12.

Board officials said posting the results as they receive them is the best way to ensure transparency. Though Mr. Adams disagrees with that idea, he said he would not fight them.

“These are the rules. We have to play by the rules,” he said. “We are going to tell our supporters and voters let’s remain patient.”

June 20, 2021, 2:31 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia, two of the top candidates in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, arriving at the AAPI Democracy Project Rally in Chinatown on Sunday.
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Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang appeared together in Chinatown on Sunday ahead of a get-out-the-vote rally focused on attacks against people of Asian descent, the second display of unity between the two Democratic mayoral candidates in as many days.

Ms. Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, and Mr. Yang, a former presidential candidate, met with a hug and a handshake at Kim Lau Square before walking together to the nearby rally.

Mr. Yang said at a news conference before their meeting that he had long admired Ms. Garcia and that his supporters should include her on their ranked-choice ballots. He said he expected to campaign with Ms. Garcia again before Tuesday’s primary.

“New Yorkers know we need to come together,” Mr. Yang said.

That two of the leading candidates would appear together days before the vote underscored how ranked-choice voting has complicated the mayor’s race. It also showed how rival candidates can ban together in a ranked-choice election to stem the momentum of a frontrunner — in this case, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president.

“Andrew Yang No. 1 and Kathryn Garcia No. 2. That’s the way I want your ballots to look,” Mr. Yang said at the rally.

But the message has not been equal from both candidates. Ms. Garcia has stopped short of explicitly asking her supporters to rank Mr. Yang — a position she reiterated on Sunday before meeting him in Chinatown.

“I want his No. 2’s,” she told a voter before the rally, emphasizing she had not endorsed Mr. Yang. Later, during the rally, Ms. Garcia said voters should fill in all five choices offered on their ballots, and that people could have a “No. 1 and a No. 2.”

For his part, Mr. Yang was repeatedly pressed at the news conference about Ms. Garcia’s comments — and whether he had expected an explicit endorsement from her. But he did not answer the question.

“I’m thrilled to be campaigning with Kathryn yesterday and today,” he said.

For all Ms. Garcia’s ambivalence about Mr. Yang, Ms. Garcia seemed to appreciate the possibility that some of his support would rub off on her.

As the two candidates walked together for about two blocks, a crowd of his supporters marched around them. Periodically, they would start chanting Mr. Yang’s name emphatically. After the cheers died down, Ms. Garcia turned to him and said, wryly, “they really love you.”

Another leading candidate, Maya Wiley, also attended the rally separately.

June 20, 2021, 1:55 p.m. ET


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The top contenders for the Democratic pick for mayor of New York City have made crime reduction and police reform the center of their campaigns. Watch how they said they would deal with these issues in interviews with The New York Times.

June 20, 2021, 1:21 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang greeting New Yorkers in Forest Hills on Sunday.
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Andrew Yang stopped and posed for selfies in Forest Hills in Queens on Sunday morning.

He urged kids (and dogs) to wish their fathers a happy Father’s Day, tasted yogurt from a local business and at one point ran into Austin Road to bump fists with passing drivers.

Mr. Yang’s exuberant spirit, the one that he exhibited early in his campaign as he vowed to be a cheerleader for New York City, was on full display as he canvassed with Elizabeth Crowley, a candidate for Queens borough president. They endorsed each other.

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Yang has seemed at his most enthusiastic when he has been among voters. He has been crossing boroughs for months to meet them, many of whom sheepishly stop to ask for photos of the candidate with national name recognition and a strong social media game.

Matthew Rubinstein, 19, said that Mr. Yang’s presence on the trail was one of the reasons that he was voting for him.

“You see Andrew Yang going here, Andrew Yang going there,” Mr. Rubinstein, who grew up in Forest Hills, said. “He’s on my TikTok, he’s on my Instagram. He’s everywhere, you know? He’s just more for the people.”

Mr. Rubinstein said he would not be ranking any of the other candidates on his ballot. “I don’t see any of the other candidates going to every borough, talking to every single person,” he said. (They are, for the record.)

Mr. Yang has said his path to victory involves engaging more new voters, particularly young, Asian American and Hispanic ones.

Many from those groups stopped to take photos with him, though several told him they were not decided on who to vote for.

Beth Hart, 55, who was born in Flushing and now lives in Forest Hills, said she was also leaning toward Mr. Yang but was also considering ranking Maya Wiley as her top choice.

Housing and education were two of the most important issues to her, she said. Growing up in Queens, Ms. Hart, who is Black, said the city had become unaffordable, particularly for Black communities. Mr. Yang’s background as an executive had swayed her.

“Everything about him is standing in the forefront for me,” she said.

But she was also moved by the historic candidacy of Ms. Wiley, who would be the first Black woman elected mayor if she won.

Ms. Hart said had not yet made her decision and would take the remaining two days to decide. Talking to Mr. Yang on Sunday helped her lean toward him.

June 20, 2021, 1:19 p.m. ET

Eric Adams visited St. George’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn on Sunday.
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Eric Adams arrived at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Marcy Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant too late to speak from the pulpit on Sunday morning. That didn’t stop him from shaking hands with parishioners, some of whom shared stories of where they had met him before.

“I like when people share their Eric Adams stories,” he said after chatting with one churchgoer.

Mr. Adams devoted his first campaign events on Sunday to talking about his biography: growing up poor and becoming a police officer who spoke out against racism. That history, he told voters, made him best able to identify with regular New Yorkers, stem rising crime and protect the civil rights of Black and Latino residents.

“I am the only candidate who can ensure to get the justice we deserve and the safety we need,” Mr. Adams said. “We have been duped into believing we can only have one or the other.”

It’s a message that Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, has been blasting across the airwaves. His campaign has spent more than $ 5 million on ads, and his message seems to be reaching voters.

Linda Clerk, 72, a retired court clerk, said Mr. Adams’s background, including as a police officer, was the reason she was voting for Mr. Adams as her first choice.

“He was abused by a police officer, became a police officer and he has the experience and knowledge to make the city better,” Ms. Clerk said. “Crime is getting worse, not better.”

She used the example of a group of young men who have been on the corner near her home in Bed-Stuy for years, selling drugs. She said Mr. Adams has the credibility to address that issue, and not just by flooding her block with police.

“He can change those young men’s mindset and help develop programs to show that drugs and drug money are not the answer.”

June 20, 2021, 12:17 p.m. ET

Rudy Giuliani talks at the White House, in 2020.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

Eric Adams may not want Rudy Giuliani’s support, but he got it anyway on Friday when the former mayor of New York City said that if he were a Democrat he would back Mr. Adams in the mayoral primary.

“There’s no question that Adams gives us some hope,” Mr. Giuliani said, stopping short of a full-throated endorsement. The former mayor highlighted Mr. Adams’s approach to crime, a top issue for voters across the city.

In a subsequent campaign appearance on Friday, Mr. Adams did not seem particularly pleased by Mr. Giuliani’s comments and suggested it was an attempt by the former mayor to sabotage the campaign of a sometimes former critic.

“I don’t need Giuliani’s endorsement, and we don’t want his endorsement,” Mr. Adams said. “One of the ways you sabotage a campaign is that you come out and endorse the opponent that you don’t want to win, and that’s what I believe he has attempted to do.”

Mr. Adams became a Republican during Giuliani’s tenure, only to return to the Democratic Party later. Over the years, he has sent mixed messages about the former mayor, criticizing police brutality under his watch while also crediting him for the city’s falling crime rate.

Mr. Adams is currently the frontrunner in the mayor’s race, though credible polling is sparse and the race remains fluid. He has also won praise from right-wing TV host Tucker Carlson, praise that Mr. Adams has also rejected.

After Mr. Giuliani’s remarks, Mr. Adams’s opponents pounced.

“Eric Adams is RUDY GIULIANI’S #1 pick in the Democratic primary,” said Eric Soufer, an adviser to Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, on Twitter.

That prompted Rebecca Kirszner Katz, a campaign adviser to the campaign Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller, to note that Stephen Miller, the architect of former President Donald J. Trump’s anti-immigration policies, has praised Mr. Yang for taking “positions antithetical to the progressive left in a very progressive primary.”

“Andrew Yang is Stephen Miller’s #1,” she said on Twitter. “Don’t rank either of them.”

June 20, 2021, 12:15 p.m. ET

Amid the June heat and Father’s Day celebrations, New Yorkers headed out to polling sites across the city on Sunday for their last chance to cast an early ballot before Election Day on Tuesday.

June 20, 2021, 11:51 a.m. ET


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The top eight Democratic mayoral candidates answer our questions.CreditCredit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

From how to reform the New York Police Department to improving transportation in America’s biggest city, there isn’t much that the eight main Democratic candidates for mayor agree on.

But there was one rare moment of agreement in the campaign: favorite bagels. Five of the candidates cited an everything bagel as their choice. That’s the one with onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt.

Listen to their choices in this video of interviews with The New York Times.

June 20, 2021, 11:26 a.m. ET

A polling station in Brooklyn on Sunday.
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New Yorkers looking to cast their ballots before Election Day still have time. Sunday is the final day of the early voting period, and polling places are open until 4 p.m.

Despite the competitive and consequential mayor’s race (and several hotly contested City Council races), early voting turnout has been fairly modest. As of Saturday night, 155,630 voters had cast their ballots, according to the city’s Board of Elections. There are roughly 3.6 million registered Democrats and 500,000 Republicans in the city.

Whether the short lines to the ballot box reflect apathy toward the election or a large number of voters waiting until Primary Day will be hard to know until the polls close on Tuesday.

Those looking to vote early should check their polling places on the Board of Elections website. In most cases, the location will differ from where voters go on Tuesday.

On Primary Day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents will need to be registered for a political party in order to vote. (The deadline to register has passed. You can check online to see if you are registered.)

Before you cast your ballot, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the ranked-choice voting system, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

June 20, 2021, 10:57 a.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia does yoga in Times Square in Manhattan on Sunday.
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Kathryn Garcia had the kind of Sunday morning typical of many of the West Side Democratic voters she is courting: yoga and a breakfast-time stop at Zabar’s, the storied purveyor of bagels and smoked fish on the Upper West Side.

She began the day with an hour-long yoga session in Times Square, part of a summer solstice celebration, flanked on yoga mats by aides sporting green “Garcia gets it done” T-shirts.

“She’s moderate, she’s competent, she’s proven herself able, and I think the city could also use a woman as mayor,” said Ira Tokayer, 63, a few minutes before Ms. Garcia arrived at Zabar’s. Mr. Tokayer, an attorney, said he was ranking Ms. Garcia first and Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, second.

He said he liked Mr. Yang as well, and appreciated Mr. Yang’s moderate instincts and focus on combating homelessness.

“I want to make sure that the progressives, and A.O.C. in particular, did not hijack our government,” he said.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of the most prominent left-wing leaders in the country, has endorsed Maya Wiley in the mayor’s race, and some passersby mentioned interest in Ms. Wiley as well.

For weeks, there have been signs of Ms. Garcia’s growing strength on the Upper West Side, a neighborhood full of highly educated and politically engaged voters, and soon after arriving outside of Zabar’s, she encountered voters who told her they voted for her and lined up for photos.

But the neighborhood is also far from representative of the entire city, and her ability to build a diverse citywide coalition is untested. She was scheduled to hit the Bronx later Sunday. Some Upper West Side voters remain loyal to Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller and veteran West Side politician. He faced two accusations this spring of making unwanted sexual advances decades ago. He has denied wrongdoing, but the allegations appeared to halt his momentum on the left.

Jade Sperling, 36, said that even with Primary Day two days away, she was still deciding between four candidates: Ms. Garcia, Mr. Yang, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, and Raymond J. McGuire, a former Citi executive. She told Ms. Garcia her top issue was safety.

“I don’t feel confident getting on the subway,” said Ms. Sperling after meeting Ms. Garcia. She said she preferred to take an Uber to her office in Midtown once a week. “I don’t think defunding the police is the right answer and I really, I cringe when I hear that. Yes, reform is definitely needed, but I think that a lot can be done with the city.”

June 20, 2021, 10:51 a.m. ET

New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, second from right, talks to supporters after a news conference on Tuesday, in  Brooklyn, New York.
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Maya Wiley, a former MSNBC analyst who has been rising in the polls, planned to spend Sunday morning at two Black churches in Harlem and Brooklyn.

She is trying to become New York City’s first Black female mayor and working to assemble a coalition of Black voters and progressives.

Ms. Wiley speaks often about her biography as the daughter of a civil rights activist and how she attended a segregated public school as a child. She is Christian and her partner, Harlan Mandel, is Jewish. They have two daughters and belong to Kolot Chayeinu, a reform congregation in Park Slope.

As she competes for Black voters with Eric Adams, the front-runner in the race, Ms. Wiley has repeatedly criticized Mr. Adams’s support of stop and frisk policing, and she is betting that Black voters want to be safe both from crime and police violence.

Ms. Wiley announced an endorsement on Saturday from Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, a group that helped lead major protests in New York last summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of the group, said he was endorsing Ms. Wiley because she had made divesting from the police a consistent message in her campaign. “When we invested in a candidate, we thought long and hard,” Mr. Newsome said.

Ms. Wiley wants to cut $ 1 billion a year from the police department’s $ 6 annual budget and to reduce the number of officers. Mr. Adams is sending a very different message: he wants more officers on the subway and to bring back the plainclothes anti-crime unit that was disbanded under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

It will be interesting to see which message Black voters embrace, and whether they want the next mayor to be a moderate like Mr. Adams or a left-leaning candidate like Ms. Wiley.

June 20, 2021, 10:30 a.m. ET

A campaign sign for Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa near a voting station in Manhattan.
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The two Republicans running for mayor of New York City spent the weekend visiting the boroughs outside of Manhattan as they continued to focus on public safety — and attacking each other.

Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, led a parade float decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue through Queens on Saturday.

Mr. Sliwa is hoping that his name recognition as a tabloid fixture in the city for decades will help him beat Fernando Mateo, an entrepreneur who is courting Latino voters.

Whoever wins could face an uphill battle in the general election in November in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than six to one.

Mr. Sliwa has highlighted his recent endorsements by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who won a competitive race last year in a district that covers Staten Island and a portion of South Brooklyn. Mr. Sliwa also criticized Mr. Mateo’s ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio in a new ad.

Mr. Mateo’s campaign received a boost last week when he qualified for more than $ 2 million in public matching funds. Mr. Mateo visited Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx on Saturday and released an ad focused on public safety.

“Crime is not a problem — it’s a pandemic,” Mr. Mateo said in the ad.

The two Republicans were once friends and have been engaged in a bitter and at times outlandish campaign that could be close. In a recent poll by Pix 11 and Emerson College, Mr. Sliwa had 33 percent support and Mr. Mateo had 27 percent, while 40 percent of Republicans were undecided.

During their one major debate, the two sparred heatedly over riding the subway (Mr. Sliwa asserted that Mr. Mateo does not) and Mr. Sliwa’s living arrangements in a small studio apartment in Manhattan with 15 rescue cats (Mr. Mateo suggested this was odd).

The candidates have also disagreed over President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Mateo had said that Mr. Trump won the 2020 election; Mr. Sliwa said Mr. Trump lost. Mr. Mateo voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 and 2020; Mr. Sliwa did not.

Mr. Mateo has also criticized Mr. Sliwa for becoming a Republican only last year.

“My opponent is a never-Trumper,” Mr. Mateo says in his new ad. “He is not a Republican.”

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Yang and Garcia Form Late Alliance in Mayor’s Race, Drawing Adams’s Ire

The campaigns of Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia both denied that Ms. Wiley had been invited to Saturday’s events.

Ms. Wiley declined to criticize the joint appearance of Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang, even as she seemed to dismiss the possibility of doing something similar.

“Candidates gonna candidate,” she said on Saturday. “I’m going to talk to people.”

Ms. Wiley also received an endorsement on Saturday from Alessandra Biaggi, a prominent state senator, another sign of momentum for Ms. Wiley among progressive leaders. Ms. Biaggi had endorsed Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, but withdrew her support after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Mr. Sharpton suggested that Mr. Adams’s strategy appeared to be centered on attracting as many Black and Latino voters as possible in places like the Bronx, Central Harlem and Central Brooklyn, and making inroads with moderate white voters. Public polls suggest that Mr. Adams has a clear advantage with Black voters, but Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia are also competing for Latino and moderate white voters.

“He’ll get some moderate white voters because of his crime stand,” Mr. Sharpton said of Mr. Adams. “With this uptick in violence, he’s the one that’s taken the definitive stand in terms of public safety.”

The Yang-Garcia event did cost Ms. Garcia a ranked-choice vote from Jumaane Williams, the city’s public advocate. Mr. Williams had endorsed Ms. Wiley as his first choice and announced his secondary choices on Saturday, among them Mr. Adams.

Ms. Garcia’s alliance with Mr. Yang, he said, was enough to exclude her from his ballot. “As I’ve said previously, while I have concerns about multiple candidates, at this point I’m singularly most concerned about Andrew Yang for mayor,” he said.

Mr. Adams, for his part, seemed to be having fun on the campaign trail. At Orchard Beach in the Bronx, he appeared in swimming trunks, grinning and waving at beachgoers who called out greetings from the sand. Then Mr. Adams waded out into the water.

Reporting was contributed by Anne Barnard, Katie Glueck and Michael Gold.

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