2017 Elections

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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, November 7th - General Election**

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

Ballot Measures:

1. The New York State Constitution requires that every 20 years all New York State Voters are given the opportunity to say whether or not they would like to hold a Constitional Convention to revise or amend the New York State Constitution.

    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

2. The second proposal, if passed, would amend the New York State Constitution to allow the state to reduce or revoke the pension of a public officer that has been convicted of a felony related to her or his official duties.

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.

 

Potential Mayoral Candidates (subject to change)

Bill de Blasio, Democrat, incumbent

Sal Albanese, Democrat

Kevin Coenen, Democrat

Robert Gangi, Democrat

Collin Slattery, Democrat

Joel Rodriguez, Democrat

Paul J. Massey, Jr., Republican

Nicole Malliotakis, Republican

Rocky de la Fuente, Republican

Darren Dione Aquino, Republican

Bill Staniford, Republican

Richard “Bo” Dietl, Independent

Aaron Commey, Libertarian

Eric W. Armstead

Ahsan Syed

Asim Deen

Scott Joyner

Michael Tolkin

Eric Roman

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Only voters enrolled in a party having a primary may vote in a Primary Election

** All registered voters in the district having a Special Election or General Election may vote

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