New York Metropolis voters will head to the polls tomorrow to select the Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor. The Democratic contest is, basically, the mayoral election — in a deep blue metropolis like New York, the Democrat will in all probability win in November.
The job of working the nation’s greatest metropolis is at all times consequential. However the election this 12 months carries extra weight: It’s one of many first main contests to be held because the pandemic recedes, and it might be a bellwether for Democratic sentiment on points like police reform, housing and training.
A day earlier than the election, it’s nonetheless anybody’s race. Polling has been scant, and the introduction of ranked-choice voting (which David Leonhardt wrote about final week) has made the result tough to foretell.
With assist from Katie Glueck, who covers New York politics for The Instances, we’ve put collectively a primer.
“The New York Democrats working for mayor are basically fairly progressive in comparison with Democrats elsewhere within the nation, however there are some clear political variations between the candidates, particularly in relation to points like policing, actual property and the enterprise group,” Katie says.
There are eight main candidates:
Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a former metropolis police officer. Endorsed by: The New York Submit’s editorial board and a significant service employees’ union.
Shaun Donovan, a former housing secretary within the Obama administration. Endorsed by: Mitch Landrieu, the previous mayor of New Orleans.
Kathryn Garcia, a former Sanitation Division commissioner. Endorsed by: The Instances’s editorial board and several other teamster and sanitation unions.
Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup government. Endorsed by: Spike Lee, Jay-Z and Gwen Carr, the mom of Eric Garner.
Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit government. Endorsed by: Dawn Motion NYC.
Scott Stringer, the town comptroller and former Manhattan borough president. Endorsed by: the town’s largest lecturers’ union.
Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and former counsel to Mayor Invoice de Blasio. Endorsed by: Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the state nurses’ union.
Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate and nonprofit government. Endorsed by: the police captains’ union and the firefighters’ union.
What’s their expertise?
Adams, Garcia and Stringer all got here up by means of metropolis authorities or native politics. “They’re making the argument that to get something completed, you might want to know methods to navigate a sprawling forms with problems at each flip,” Katie stated.
Then there are candidates who vogue themselves as outsiders. Wiley has received the backing of high-profile progressives, whereas Morales is in search of to be the standard-bearer of the grass-roots left (although her marketing campaign has struggled with inner dysfunction). McGuire is making the case that he’s the outsider businessman who can greatest revive the financial system. And Yang often is the final outsider: Not solely has he by no means labored in metropolis authorities, he has by no means voted in a New York Metropolis mayoral election.
What are the highest points?
The following mayor will lead New York Metropolis out of the pandemic. The duty entails almost each a part of authorities, from training to evictions to financial revival.
However the clearest ideological divide could also be on policing, a problem pushed to the forefront by each the nationwide protest motion and the current spike in crime. “Public security has develop into a defining difficulty of this race,” Katie stated.
Adams, Garcia and Yang desire a comparatively reasonable strategy, advocating some reforms however calling for the police to have a extra expansive function in public security. Stringer, Wiley, Donovan and Morales have all talked in various levels about chopping the Police Division’s funds and specializing in psychological well being and different social companies. Right here’s the place every candidate stands.
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Although Twitch started as a website to livestream video video games, it has not too long ago gained reputation amongst musicians. That’s as a result of for small or area of interest artists, the platform might be extra profitable than conventional companies like Spotify and YouTube.
On Twitch, musicians who common just a few hundred viewers at any given time can earn about $50,000 a 12 months. On main audio streaming platforms, that payout would possibly take 5 million to 10 million streams.
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