The New York City mayor’s area code is just over six weeks and the Democratic nomination race is in full swing.
A survey, released last weekshowed Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn borough, at the helm for the first time. City Administrator Scott M. Stringer continues to face questions about allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, responded to concerns on his record as a nonprofit leader and his connections with Bradley Tusk, a wealthy lobbyist.
More movement could be seen in the coming weeks as candidates launch their first ads first big debate on Thursday and are trying to raise their profile with plans to address and celebrate the post-pandemic resurgence of the city.
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A festival to reopen in five districts
Maya Wiley, a former lawyer for Mayor Bill de Blasio, released her plan to boost tourism last week, calling on New York City to hold a massive week-long party.
Ms. Wiley proposed a “Grand Reopening” festival in all five boroughs in September to “showcase everything the city has to offer”. It would have elements of Feast of San Gennaro, Carnival and the World’s Fair, she said. Subway and buses would be free for the week.
Mr. Yang has a similar idea. In the popular Armchair Expert podcast last month, he said he was going to hold “the largest post-Covid celebration in the country”.
“I’m going to ask my friend Dave Chappelle to write the headline,” he said.
Mr. Chappelle, the comedian, endorsed Mr. Yang in the president’s race, and Mr. Yang introduced him to one recent achievement at the Stand Club in Manhattan, which helped bring back live comedy to the city.
Ms. Wiley also called for $ 100 million to be spent on a “Creative Industries Restoration Program” that grants artists and performers.
Other candidates have made their own proposals for promoting tourism and the arts: Mr Stringer wants one “New York, New Day” advertising campaign;; Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation superintendent, wants Livestream Broadway and Off Broadway Shows Make theater more accessible.
Suddenly everyone says “Comeback”
Don’t call it a comeback – unless you’re running for Mayor of New York.
More and more candidates in the crowded field are using the term to describe how they plan to help the city recover from the pandemic. But not everyone is happy about it.
A group called Comeback PAC supports Mr. Yang, who has focused his campaign on bringing hope and optimism to the city after the pandemic.
“He was the comeback candidate from day one,” said Lis Smith, executive director of the PAC.
Mr Stringer also uses the term to describe his plans for the city – and to refer to his campaign after the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.
When he launched his television commercial, Mr. Stringer wrote on Twitter that he “would be ready to lead our city to its biggest comeback”. Days after the allegation surfaced, Mr. Stringer was asked about the future of his campaign.
“Just as this city is going to have its biggest comeback, so will I have my biggest comeback,” he told NY1.
One candidate who is upset about the increasing use of the term is Raymond J. McGuire, a former Wall Street executive who has often said he wants to make “the biggest comeback” in city history.
L. Joy Williams, one of Mr. McGuire’s senior advisors, criticized Mr. Stringer’s use of the term, which of course cannot be copyrighted.
Ms. Smith said it made sense that candidates would be interested in the sentence.
“It’s something that hits the moment,” she said.
If ad spending wins elections, it hasn’t been a factor (yet).
For a city full of donors, the money previously spent on advertising in the mayor’s race was relatively small: the total expense of the eight main candidates in the race is still only about $ 12 million including political action committees, according to AdImpact, an advertising analysis company.
The city last had an open race for the top job in 2013, a similarly expansive field that was spent earlier and more frequently. Overall, campaign spending on the Mayor’s 2013 race was reported to be around $ 60 million the city’s tax officeIndependent spending groups spend about $ 8 million.
The biggest spending in this race so far has been on two candidates – Shaun Donovan, a former Minister for Housing and Urban Development, and Mr. McGuire – who have not yet broken through with the voters. both are single digits, though the race itself has seen few solid opinion polls.
The two alleged front runners, Yang and Adams, have spent far less than Mr. Donovan and Mr. McGuire.
But that may change soon. On Thursday, Mr. Yang unveiled its first TV commercialentitled “Hope”, which shows the candidate rushing through the city in search of voices – and dancing. (The final image in the ad of Mr. Yang on the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island could prove prophetic for the last six weeks of the campaign.)
As indicated by the candidate’s title and generally happy personality, Mr. Yang’s first report is positive. “I’m tired of hearing what we can’t New York City,” he says on the spot.
Mr. Adams also revealed his first TV commercial on Thursday, Part of a six-digit cable television flash. It underlines the candidate’s image as a worker and his past as a police officer – and as a victim of police brutality.
“Those hands have had a tough time,” says Mr. Adams in the ad. “And I’ve got the calluses to prove it.”
If there’s a similar topic that’s pervading much of the advertising so far, New York urgently needs help – and a change from Mr de Blasio’s leadership, something in which it is articulated a current display paid by New Start N.Y.C., a PAC that supports Mr. Donovan. His father, Michael Donovan, has poured millions into supporting his son, including through New Start N.Y.C.
“Only one candidate has the right experience to fix Bill de Blasio’s mess,” intoned the ad. “Democrat Shaun Donovan.”
Stringer held on to an important affirmation in one voice
In the days when a campaign volunteer accused Mr Stringer of sexual misconduct during a race 20 years ago, he lost a number of progressive group referrals he had courted for years.
But he has vehemently denied the allegations, and many of his supporters have stood by him despite mounting political pressure.
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On Thursday, New York City’s Stonewall Democratic Club, a well-known L.G.B.T. The political organization said it would not withdraw the approval it had given Mr. Stringer just two weeks earlier.
However, the decision was hardly an unqualified sign of support: In a statement, the group said that Mr Stringer had only one vote to hold on to his approval.
According to the rules of the organization, two-thirds of its members should have agreed to receive confirmation in an emergency vote. Although the majority of club members wanted to withdraw support, this faction stayed behind.
The club’s decision also revealed a rift among Democrats over how to view allegations against Mr Stringer, who has a longstanding relationship with the group.
It also highlighted the challenges Mr Stringer will face if he tries to maintain a coalition to support his mayoral bid. After the club’s vote several Members leaving the organization in protest, including Brian Romero, who was its executive vice president.
“I believe survivors. I believe women, ”said Mr Romero on Twitter. “I will not make it possible to maintain the white cispatriarchy that harms so many every day.”
Abner Louima supported Eric Adams
When Abner Louima was sexually assaulted by a police officer in a Brooklyn train station in 1997, he became a national symbol of police brutality.
He befriended Mr. Adams, then a New York cop who supported Mr. Louima when he sought accountability for the officers involved.
Last week, Mr. Louima, who lives in Florida, flew to New York to assist Mr. Adams outside City Hall.
“I know Eric Adams and I know the job he’s done,” said Louima.
Mr Adams has said he was beaten by the police as a teenager, which inspired him to join the department to change it from the inside out. He became a captain and led a group called 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.
Mr Adams also received confirmation from William Bell, the father of Sean Bell, a young black man who was killed in a 2006 hail of 50 police bullets. Mr Bell said Mr Adams is the only candidate “who can really bring reform of the NYPD”
Last week, Valerie Bell, Sean Bell’s mother, named Mr. McGuire mayor.
Mr Adams has called for police reforms, e.g. B. Faster decisions on dismissed officers suspected of wrongdoing and disclosure of an internal list of officers with a record of complaints. But he has not accepted calls to cut the police budget significantly, a position popular with some progressive groups.