BOE Releases Initial Rank-Choice Tabulations + City Council Passes New Budget

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  • 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(BOE) released preliminary results of ranked-choice voting for mayor and other local offices last Tuesday, then rescinded hem after finding out that over 135,000 test ballots had been mistakenly included in the count.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 show one or more candidates within a half a percentage point of another.”

Local News

  • The City Council passed a $99 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022, the largest budget in the history of the city and the final budget of Bill De Blasio’s administration.
  • City & State highlighted key facets of the budget, including significant increases to education funding and an additional $200 million for the New York Police Department.
  • During this week’s heat wave, the City issued its first emergency alert directing residents to conserve energy in order to avoid power outages. Despite immediate reductions, over 1,700 residents in Williamsburg and in other parts of the city lost power.
  • A statewide poll showed 62 percent of New Yorkers believe that Governor AndrewCuomo should not run for a fourth term in 2022.
  • Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in East Flatbush is moving forward with a plan to reduce inpatient services and cut 200 beds as part of a merger with Interfaith and Brookdale University medical centers.
  • The MTA plans on creating four new, fully accessible Metro-North stations in Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park and Co-Op City by 2025.

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