The countdown is well and truly underway: Election Day is Tuesday.
Early voting has already started for the city’s municipal elections and it runs through Halloween, Sunday Oct. 31. Then on Election Day Tuesday, polling stations will be open from 6:00am until 9:00pm.
You can find your nearest early voting and Election Day polling station here, but note they may not be the same!
To see what your ballot will look like when you vote, check your sample ballot here. The sample ballot shows you your candidates for mayor, public advocate, city comptroller, borough president, district attorney, city council and court positions, and also includes a range of proposals to be voted on.
For those voting absentee, make sure your ballot is postmarked no later than Nov. 2 before being put in the mail. It can also taken to your County Board of Elections Office or polling site no later than 9:00pm Nov. 2, or returned at an early voting site no later than Oct. 31.
Who is running?
On top of the battle for mayor, there are also a number of citywide and borough offices being voted on. We have broken down the top two candidates in each of BK Reader’s districts by funds raised, and highlight their top three priorities if elected, as per the City’s Campaign Finance Board profiles.
Eric Adams (Democrat):
- Public Health
- Public Safety
Curtis Silwa (Independent, Republican):
- Crime, Safety, Quality of Life
- Property Tax Disparity Outer Boroughs
- Maintaining Advanced Learning Public Schools
Jumaane D. Williams (Democratic)
- Ensuring a Just COVID-19 Recovery
- Redefining Public Safety
- Increasing Government Transparency and Accountability
Anthony Herbert (Independent)
- Affordable Housing
- Public Housing
- Public Safety
Devi E. Nampiaparampil (Republican, Save Our City)
No profiled submitted
Brad Lander (Democratic)
- Secure a just economic recovery
- Create truly affordable housing
- Invest in green jobs, infrastructure
John Tabacco (Independent, Libertarian)
No profile submitted
Brooklyn Borough President
Antonio Reynoso (Democratic)
- Just & equitable COVID recovery
- Truly affordable housing for Brooklynites
- Promoting environmental and racial justice
Anthony T. Jones (Rent is 2 Damn High)
- Provide organizations with COVID-19 vaccination
- Address domestic violence
- Help small businesses to rebound
City Council Races:
District 34 (Williamsburg, Bushwick)
Jennifer Gutierrez (Democratic)
- Expand Community Schools model
- Strengthen and expand tenant protections
- Comprehensive COVID response
Terrell L. Finner (Power 2 the People)
- Increasing access to social services
- Economic recovery for working people
- Revitalizing our arts/culture sector
District 35 (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant)
Crystal Hudson (Democratic)
- Equitable recovery from COVID-19
- Stronger, more equitable schools
- Affordable housing for all
Regina Kinsey (Common Sense)
- Public Safety, Crime Reduction Policy
- Expand Senior Housing, Affordable Housing
- Realistic Economic Recovery, Economic Growth
District 36 (Bedford Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights)
Chi A. Osse (Democratic)
- Defund NYPD; Reinvest into Community
- Reimagine Housing, Healthcare, and Education
- Renew Faith in Elected Officials
District 37 (Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York)
Sandy Nurse (Democratic)
- Housing for all New Yorkers
- Implement a COVID-19 Recovery Plan
- NYPD Accountability and Decarceration
Franklin P. Gonzalez (Republican)
- The Rent is Too High!
- Small Businesses need more help!
- Religious Freedom needs protection.
District 40 (Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
Rita P. Joseph (Democratic)
- Improving public schools
- Increasing affordable housing
- Achieving social and racial justice
Constantin Jean-Pierre (Conservative, Republican)
No profile submitted
District 41 (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights)
Darlene Mealy (Democratic)
- School Choice for Education Freedom
- Minority/Women-Owned Business Certifications
- Foster Better Police/Community Engagement
Scott A. Hutchins (Green)
No profile sumbitted
District 42 (East New York, New Lots, Remsen Village, Spring Creek, Starrett City)
Charles Barron (Democratic)
- eliminating poverty and unemployment
- combatting homelessness with affordable housing
- quality affordable healthcare
District 45 (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands, Kensington)
Farah Louis (Democratic)
- Housing Stability and Home Ownership
- Economic Justice and Education
- Healthcare and Environmental Justice
Louis A. Cespedes (Our Flatbush)
No profile submitted
What are the ballot questions?
This year, voters will also be asked to answer five ballot questions that cover environmental rights; voter registration rules and absentee balloting; the jurisdiction of New York’s civil courts; and representation in Albany and Congress.
The first proposal would freeze the number of state senators at 63 and makes changes to the redistricting process in New York.
The second would establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment as a state constitutional right.
The third would allow people to register to vote less than ten days before the election, which is the current limit.
The fourth proposal would remove the requirement for voters to be sick or suffering from a physical disability to be eligible for an absentee ballot.
The fifth and final proposal would increase the New York City Civil Court’s jurisdiction by allowing it to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000 instead of the current jurisdictional limit of $25,000.
Check in with BK Reader on Tuesday for Election Day coverage and first thing Wednesday for the results as they roll in — and happy voting!