2017 Elections

Polls are open from 6am to 9pm

Tuesday, February 14th - Special Election 9th City Council District - Bill Perkins

Tuesday, May 23rd - Special Election 30th Senatorial District - Brian Benjamin

Tuesday, September 12th - Primary Election*

Tuesday, September 26th - Possible Runoff (if needed)*

Tuesday, November 7th - General Election**

Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough Presidents, City Council, District Attorney of New York County and Kings County, New York State Justices of the Supreme Court, and Judges of the Civil Court of the City of New York

Ballot Measures:

    If the majority votes "YES" to hold a Constitutional Convention, the Constitution requires that:

    • In the next General Election (November 2018) voters will elect delegates:
      • 3 from each state senate district
      • 15 statewide 'at-large' delegates

    • Convention meetings begin the first Tuesday of April 2019
    • Changes or revisions adopted by the Convention must be put before the voters in a statewide election, at least 6 weeks after the Convention adjourns.
    • New York State voters have the final approval of any changes to the New York State Constitution

    The League of Women Voters of the New York State supports a "YES" vote to hold a Constitutional Convention. "New York State's political leaders have failed for the past two decades to enact meaningful reform and to make democracy work in our state," said Dare Thompson, President of the League of New York State. "In this 100th Anniversary year of women getting the vote in New York State, New Yorkers will be able to send a strong message that they are fed up with corruption and dysfunction in Albany." A Constitutional Convention would provide New Yorkers the opportunity to consider critical reforms that Albany has refused to undertake, including in the areas of:

    • Voting reforms, bringing New York's elections into the 21st Century
    • Rooting out corruption, including reducing the influence of money in our political system and instituting an effective ethics enforcement agency
    • Fair legislative redistricting, completely removed from sitting legislators
    • Streamlining and modernizing our court system, making it more effective
    • Reinforcing and strengthening our Bill of Rights, guaranteeing our personal freedoms and meeting our basic human needs

    New York’s Constitution now provides that the benefits of a public pension or retirement system cannot be reduced or impaired. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to allow a court to reduce or revoke the pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s duties. A court would determine, after notice to the public officer and a hearing, if a public officer convicted of such a felony would lose part or all of his or her pension. In reaching this determination, the court must consider the seriousness of the public officer’s crime, the proportionality of a reduction or revocation to the crime, whether forfeiture would result in undue hardship or other inequity to dependent children, spouse, or other dependents, and any other factors required by the Legislature. The Legislature must enact law that puts this proposal into effect, taking into account principles of fairness.

    The proposed amendment would define “public officer” to mean the following:

    • A person filling an elected office within New York;
    • A person holding an office that is filled by appointment by the New York Governor, whether or not that appointment has to be confirmed by the Senate;
    • A county, city, town, or village manager or administrator, or equivalent position;
    • The head of any state or local government department, division, board, commission, bureau, public benefit corporation, or public authority in New York who is vested with authority, direction, and control over that entity;
    • The chief fiscal officer or treasurer of a municipal corporation or political subdivision in New York;
    • A judge or justice of the Unified Court System; and
    • A legislative, executive, or judicial employee who directly assists in the formulation of legislation, rules, regulations, policy, or judicial decision-making and who is designated by law as a policy-maker.

    If approved, the amendment will apply only to crimes committed on or after January 1, 2018.

    New York State’s Constitution protects the State’s forest preserve as wild forest land and generally prohibits the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forest preserve land. The proposed amendment will create two exceptions to this broad protection of the forest preserve to make it easier for municipalities to undertake certain health and safety projects.

    First, if passed, the proposed amendment will create a land account of up to 250 acres of forest preserve land. A town, village, or county can apply to the land account if it has no viable alternative to using forest preserve land for certain limited health and safety purposes. Those purposes are (1) to address bridge hazards or safety on county highways and certain town highways; (2) to eliminate the hazards of dangerous curves and grades on county highways and certain town highways; (3) to relocate, reconstruct, and maintain county highways and certain town highways; and (4) for water wells and necessary related accessories located within 530 feet of a state highway, county highway, or certain town highway, where needed to meet drinking water quality standards. The State will acquire 250 acres, subject to approval by the Legislature, to incorporate into the forest preserve to replace the land placed in the health and safety land account.

    Second, if passed, the proposed amendment will allow bicycle paths and specified types of public utility lines to be located within the widths of state, county, and certain town highways that traverse forest preserve land. The work on the bicycle paths and utility lines must minimize the removal of trees and vegetation. And, if passed, the proposed amendment will allow a stabilization device (such as a guy wire) for an existing utility pole to be located near the width of a highway when necessary to ensure public health and safety and when no other viable option exists. The proposed amendment expressly will not permit the construction of a new intrastate gas or oil pipeline that did not receive necessary state and local permits and approvals by June 1, 2016.

Mayor

  • Elected by voters of the entire city
  • Term: 4 years
  • Salary: $225,000 (and residence at Gracie Mansion)
  • Is the city's chief executive officer
  • Appoints the heads of all city agencies and departments
  • Has the power to reorganize major mayoral agencies
  • Has the major responsibility for the preparation of the city's budgets and revenue estimates
  • Must sign a bill before it becomes a law
  • Approves contracts through agencies
  • Appoints 7 of the 13 members of the City Planning Commission

Comptroller

  • Elected by voters of the entire city
  • Term: 4 years
  • Salary: $185,000
  • Recommends fiscal policies and financial transactions for the city
  • Has the power to investigate all matters affecting the finances of the city
  • Conducts performance audits of city agencies
  • Issues and sells city bonds

Public Advocate

  • Elected by voters of the entire city
  • Term: 4 years
  • Salary: $165,000
  • The Public Advocate is first in line to serve as Mayor in the event of a vacancy, and must call a Special Election within 60 days to fill the remainder of the Mayor’s term
  • Serves as an ombudsman reviewing service and program complaints of a borough wide or citywide nature
  • Monitors citywide and public information and citizen complaints and may investigate patterns of complaints
  • Names 1 of the 13 members of the City Planning Commission

Borough President

  • Elected by voters in their respective boroughs
  • Term: 4 years
  • Salary: $160,000
  • Is the administrative head of the borough
  • Maintains a cabinet and staff
  • Chairs the borough board
  • Appoints members of the community boards in the borough
  • Holds public hearings on matters of public interest
  • Recommends, with the other four borough presidents, 5 percent of the city's capital budget and 5 percent of the non-mandated increases in the expense budget
  • May initiate legislation in the City Council and propose zoning changes
  • Is directly involved in land-use planning and local service delivery
  • Appoints 1 of the 13 members of the City Planning Commission

City Council Member

  • Elected by voters in their respective boroughs and council districts
  • Term: 4 years
  • Salary: $112,500
  • Is a voting member of the City Council
  • Serves on various standing committees of the City Council
  • Is a non-voting member of the community board
  • The City Council is the legislative body of the City of New York. It consists of the public advocate and one council member from each of the 51 districts. The council elects a Speaker from among its members. The City Council:
    • Adopts local laws
    • May make minor amendments to the City Charter
    • May request the state legislature to pass laws applying to the City of New York (Home Rule)
    • Has sole approval of the budget
    • Has power to enact new local taxes
    • May request additional power from the state legislature
    • Fixes annual rate of real estate taxes
    • Gives advice and consent on mayoral appointments
    • Can review all land-use matters and can override mayoral vetoes with a two-thirds majority
    • Is responsible for oversight of all city agencies

District Attorney

  • Elected by voters in their respective boroughs
  • Term: 4 years
  • Salary: $190,000
  • Protects the public in the borough in which he/she has been elected, by investigating and prosecuting criminal conduct.

Justices of the Supreme Court

  • Elected on the basis of judicial districts
  • Term: 14 years
  • Salary: $136,700
  • The Supreme Court handles civil cases as well as serious crimes, injunctions, divorces and legal separations, etc.
  • Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, decisions of the New York State Supreme Court may be appealed to a higher court.

Judges of the Civil Court of the City of New York

  • Elected Countywide and by districts within a county
  • Term: 10 years
  • Salary: $125,600
  • The Civil Court decides cases involving $25,000 or less, and includes a Small Claims Court for informal disposition of cases involving less than $3,000. It also has a Housing Part which handles code violations and tenant-landlord disputes.

Political Party officials, including District Leaders, State and County Committee Members may be on the ballot in the Primary Election in compliance with each political party’s rules.

 

Mayoral Candidates (subject to change)

Bill de Blasio, Democrat, incumbent

Sal Albanese, Democrat, Reform

Robert Gangi, Democrat

Richard Basher, Democrat

Michael Tolkin, Democrat

Nicole Malliotakis, Republican

 

Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 PM
First Mayoral Republican Debate
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias (Spanish)
Radio: WNYC
Location: CUNY's Graduate Center Studio
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 PM (Original Airing) 
City Council Districts 5 & 6
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Thursday, August 17, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 5 & 6
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Sunday, August 20, 9:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 5 & 6
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Monday, August 21, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)

City Council Districts 5 & 6
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Monday, August 21, 7:00 PM
First Public Advocate Democratic Debate
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias
Radio: WNYC
Location: NY1 Studio
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 PM
First Comptroller Democratic Debate
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias
Radio: WNYC
Location: NY1 Studio
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 PM
First Mayoral Democratic Debate
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias
Radio: WNYC
Location: Symphony Space
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Wednesday, August 23, 9:00 PM (Original Airing)
City Council Districts 1 & 2
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Thursday, August 24, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)

City Council Districts 1 & 2 TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Saturday, August 26, 9:00 AM
Leading Contenders Public Advocate Democratic Debate
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55
Radio: 1010WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CBS Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

Sunday, August 27, 9:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 1 & 2
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Monday August 28, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)

City Council Districts 1 & 2
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Wednesday, August 30, 9:00 PM (Original Airing)

City Council Districts 4 & 8
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Thursday, August 31, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 4 & 8
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Sunday, September 3, 9:00 PM (Original Airing)
City Council Districts 4 & 8
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Monday, September 4, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 4 & 8
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Tuesday, September 5, 7 PM (doors open at 6:30)
League of Women Voters NYC Partners with Hunter College to Host Candidate Forum for District 4 City Council Seat
Location: Hunter College
Danny Kaye Playhouse
695 Park Avenue Street (between Park & Lexington Avenues)
more info

Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 PM
Leading Contenders Mayoral Democratic Debate
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55
Radio: 1010WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CUNY's Graduate Center Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

Wednesday, September 6, 9:00 PM (Original Airing)
City Council Districts 9 & 10
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Thursday, September 7, 4:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 9 & 10
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Thursday, September 7, 7:00 PM
Leading Contenders Mayoral Republican Debate
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55 (Spanish)
Radio: 1010WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CUNY's Graduate Center Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

Sunday, September 10, 8:00 AM
Leading Contenders Comptroller Democratic Debate
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55
Radio: 1010WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CBS Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

Sunday, September 10, 9:00 PM (Repeat Airing)
City Council Districts 9 & 10
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Monday, September 11, 4:00 PM (Original Airing)
City Council Districts 3 & 7
TV: MNN1 In Manhattan: TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33; MNNHD 5 Time Warner Cable Channel 1993

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 PM
First Mayoral Debate for General Election
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias (Spanish)
Radio: WNYC
Location: Symphony Space
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Monday, October 16, 7:00 PM
First Public Advocate Debate for General Election
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias
Radio: WNYC
Location: The Greene Space
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM
First Comptroller Debate for General Election
TV: NY1, NY1 Noticias
Radio: WNYC
Location: The Greene Space
Sponsors: NY1 Sponsor Group

Saturday, October 21, 9:00 AM
Leading Contenders Public Advocate Debate for General Election
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55
Radio: 1010WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CBS Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

Sunday, October 22, 8:00 AM
Leading Contenders Comproller Debate for General Election
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55
Radio: 1010WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CBS Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 PM
Leading Mayoral Contenders Debate for General Election
TV: WCBS, WLNY-TV 10/55 (Spanish) Radio: 1010 WINS, NewsRadio 880
Location: CUNY's Graduate Center Studio
Sponsors: CBS Sponsor Group

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