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'Anyone's race': The debate that could decide New York's next mayor


NEW YORK — New York City’s eight leading mayoral candidates will take the stage Wednesday night in the last debate of the primary — and with less than a week until election day, none can claim to be the undisputed front-runner.

But a few hope to be, by the end of the night.

The in-person debate, sponsored by POLITICO, WNBC and Telemundo 47, will feature eight Democrats facing off for the fourth and final time ahead of the June 22 primary. Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley have surged in recent polls. Andrew Yang lost his front-runner status weeks ago, though the enthusiasm around his candidacy remains strong.

Eric Adams, who has faced national scrutiny over the past week about his confusing living arrangements, remains the man to beat — and the likely target of heavy fire Wednesday night.

Fireworks in New York tonight to celebrate the end of COVID restrictions...


Senate Unanimously Approves A Bill To Make Juneteenth A Public Holiday

Source: NPR

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday.

The holiday is celebrated on June 19 and it began in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned that they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.

Then-President Abraham Lincoln had signed the proclamation outlawing slavery years earlier, but it was not until 1865 that those in bondage in Texas were freed.

The measure is expected to be approved by the Democratic-led House as well, but the timing is unclear.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/15/1006934154/senate-unanimously-approves-a-bill-to-make-juneteenth-a-public-holiday

I believe there’s a minimum three day period before a Bill can be brought up in the House, but Pelosi could ask unanimous consent to bypass the rules, and let the Republicans object on the record.

New York lifts COVID restrictions across commercial, social settings

Source: WABC

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York state-mandated COVID restrictions on commercial and social settings will be lifted effective immediately -- and to celebrate, there will be fireworks across the state Tuesday night.

"We have hit 70% vaccination," a triumphant Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, meaning the state can "now return to life as we know it."

Any federal guidelines involving schools and mass transit remain.

During remarks at One World Trade Center, in front of an obliging audience, Cuomo recalled darker days of frequent death and overwhelming caseload.

Read more: https://abc7ny.com/ny-covid-vaccine-testing-cases/10792105/

My Primary Ballot (voting today)

NYC Mayor
1. Kathryn Garcia
2. Shaun Donovan
3. Ray McGuire
4. Maya Wiley
5. Andrew Yang

Public Advocate
1. Tony Herbert

1. Zach Iscol
2. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
3. Corey Johnson
4. David Weprin

Brooklyn Borough President
1. Jo Anne Simon
2. Antonio Reynoso

Council (District 33)
1. Lincoln Restler
2. April Somboun
3. Emily Adams
4. Victoria Cambranes

Why did the ducklings cross the road? Bagels!


NYC Mayor: Adams and Garcia neck and neck in latest Manhattan Institute poll

City Journal

With New York City’s mayoral primary just around the corner, Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley are challenging Eric Adams for the top spot, while Andrew Yang is fading from the front rank, according to a June 9–13 poll of likely Democratic primary voters conducted for the Manhattan Institute.*

Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, and former sanitation commissioner Garcia are neck-and-neck as primary voters’ first choice at 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively, with attorney Wiley in third at 18 percent, followed by entrepreneur Yang at 13 percent. All other candidates rank in the single digits on the first-choice ballot. Since our poll of the race in mid-May, Garcia and Wiley have gained the most (nine points and eight points, respectively), while Yang has fallen by six points. The share of undecided primary voters has fallen by five points from mid-May to 9 percent.

On the eleventh round of a recalculated ballot under the ranked-choice system, our analysis finds that Garcia defeats Adams, 52 percent to 48 percent. While Wiley makes it to the next-to-last ballot, her voters preferred Garcia over Adams on the final round. Garcia also bested Adams among white voters on the final ballot by a margin of 44 points.

Every poll has consistently shown Yang's performance dropping; the last two show him falling into 4th place. It appears he never had more than name recognition.

Virginia couple pleads guilty in Capitol riot

Source: Politico

A Virginia couple on Monday became the third and fourth defendants to plead guilty in the sprawling investigation stemming from the Capitol riot in January.

However, Jessica and Joshua Bustle of Bristow, Va., became the first to plead guilty in federal court who faced only misdemeanor charges as a result of their actions at the Capitol as lawmakers were attempting to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

Under a deal with prosecutors, the Bustles each pleaded guilty to one of the four misdemeanor charges they faced: parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. They could get up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000, but will be spared the potential of back-to-back sentences on multiple counts.

The arrangement could serve as a template for hundreds of other misdemeanor-only cases filed related to the Jan. 6 events. Defense attorneys say it also suggests that prosecutors will not readily agree to more lenient resolutions in Capitol riot cases, such as deferring the case and dismissing it following a period of good behavior.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/14/virginia-couple-pleads-guilty-capitol-riot-494355

NYC Mayor: Andrew Yang launches a knife attack on Eric Adams

Sponsored Content on POLITICO:
"Eric Adams's Corruption Detailed By The NY Times"
Adams repeatedly pushed the boundaries of campaign-finance and ethics laws...
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I'll observe that the Yang campaign is making the same mistake people here tend to make: you don't go to POLITICO to find voters. Its a publication for political professionals.
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