Justice Department Drops Cuomo Nursing Home Probe + NY Redistricting Begins

Local News

  • As concerns about the Delta variant increase, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new vaccine mandate for all public hospital and city health care employees.
  • The U.S. Justice Department declined to conduct a civil investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mishandling of COVID-19 cases in nursing facilities.
  • New York state has sent out just $117,000 in coronavirus pandemic rent relief money. Until this week, New York was the only state that hadn’t distributed any money from the federally funded rent relief program passed in January. The state’s tenants can still apply for relief.
  • New York’s out-of-date flood maps haven’t been updated in fourteen years, leaving thousands of New Yorkers at risk without knowing that they require flood insurance, according to researchers at The New School.
  • Governor Cuomo’s pet $2.1 billion LaGuardia air train project has been approved by the federal......
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Cuomo Questioned + Covid Cases Rise Again

Local News

  • Investigators from the State Attorney General’s office interviewed Governor Cuomo for the first time on Saturday, as part of the office’s inquiry into alleged sexual harassment by the Governor.
  • A scandal-plagued Cuomo raised $2.2 million over the first six months of the year, giving him over $18 million cash on hand as he heads towards a reelection campaign next year.
  • The State’s Covid-19 death toll is 11,000 fewer than the federal count.
  • In his first appearance with Governor Cuomo since winning the mayoral primary, Eric Adams attacked New York’s bail reform laws.
  • With the Good Cause Eviction bill currently stalled in Albany, tenant activists are focusing on local versions of the law that could pass in several upstate New York cities.
  • Mayor De Blasio is pushing the MTA to speed up implementation of congestion pricing, which was originally passed in......
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Adams Wins Dem Nomination + 2022 Council Speaker Race Begins

Local News

  • Eric Adams won New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary after the tabulation of all ranked-choice votes and most absentee ballots. Brad Lander was elected City Comptroller. The City has full election results for all races.
  • The NYPD has refused to release Eric Adams’ disciplinary records from his 22 years on the force.
  • As mayor, Eric Adams will be in charge of implementing the ambitious climate plan the City Council passed two years ago, even as the law has been opposed by his major real estate donors.
  • With the 2022 City Council largely set, second-term Council Members Carlina Rivera, Keith Powers, Justin Brannan, and Adrienne Adams are lobbying new members for their votes to become Council Speaker in January. Tiffany Cabán is also rumored to be making a play at the powerful role.
  • Flash floods caused by Tropical Storm Elsa overwhelmed......
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BOE Releases Initial Rank-Choice Tabulations + City Council Passes New Budget

Elections

  • The New York City Board of Elections (BOE) released preliminary results of ranked-choice voting for mayor and other local offices last Tuesday, then rescinded hem after finding out that over 135,000 test ballots had been mistakenly included in the count. The BOE removed those ballots the next day and revealed corrected counts, which showed tightening results in the races for Mayor and Comptroller. There are still approximately 125,000 absentee ballots outstanding, some of which will be added to the tally on July 6. 
  • Over 30 percent of the returned absentee ballots come from Manhattan.
  • Tali Farhadian Weinstein has conceded to Alvin Bragg in the Manhattan primary for District Attorney.
  • Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley filed a lawsuit Thursday evening to have a judge review the primary’s final ballots and order a manual recount of all ballots “in cases where ranked-choice voting rounds......
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Waiting on Final NYC Election Results + Socialist Wins Mayorship in Buffalo

Elections

  • In preliminary returns from the New York City Board of Elections, which so far include only first place votes from in-person voting, Eric Adams holds a sizable lead in the mayoral race. Brad Lander is ahead in the race for Comptroller, and Jumaane Williams has 70% of the vote for Public Advocate.
  • In the six City Council races where NYC-DSA endorsed candidates, Tiffany Cabán (Astoria) and Alexa Avilés (Sunset Park) hold sizable leads, with Jaslin Kaur (Glen Oaks) and Michael Hollingsworth (Crown Heights) in tight races.
  • Final results for the election will likely not be known until July 12. On June 29, the Board of Elections will run the ranked choice voting tabulation and release another set of unofficial in-person results. Absentee ballots will be counted, and then calculated in the ranked-choice votes in the following weeks. 
  • India Walton, a DSA-endorsed democratic socialist, is......
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