Election Day Results + NYPD Commissioner Resigns

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  • Election Night ended in mostly expected results: Jumaane Williams won the Public Advocate race, Melinda Katz won the Queens DA race, Farah Louis was again voted into the City Council seat she won in a February special election, and all five ballot proposal were approved by voters.  
  • The New York Republican Party continues to lose its grip on suburban and upstate counties, with Adam Bello defeated the Republican incumbent in Rochester, becoming the first Democrat to be elected Monroe County Executive in 27 years.
  • Former Vito Lopez staffer Andy Marte has filed to run against Julia Salazar
  • Democrat Loree Sutton announced her candidacy for mayor. Sutton stepped down as the Veterans’ Services Commissioner last month, and was an Army brigadier general and the Army’s highest ranking psychiatrist before she joined the de Blasio administration. She recently registered as a Democrat and describes herself as moderate.. 
  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is once again considering a presidential run. Though he reportedly has not made a final decision, he is preparing to file paperwork required to run in Alabama’s presidential primary.

Local News

  • After three years as Police Commissioner, James O’Neill has resigned. He will be replaced by Dermont Shea, the former Chief of Detectives who has served in the NYPD for 30 years. 
  • The Real Estate Board of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council have signed an agreement to “harmonize political and legislative objectives” of the two groups.
  • Council Member Stephen Levin (District 33, Greenpoint) plans to introduce a commercial rent control bill.
  • An armored military vehicle was used as part of an ICE operation in Queens last week.
  • With crime at record lows and the City promising to decrease arrests in order to close Rikers, the NYPD continues to employ over 36,000 officers, just below record highs reached during the Giuliani administration.
  • Suspensions in New York City public school students fell significantly last year, continuing a many year trend and reversing an unusual uptick the year before.
  • In response to a FOIL request from Gothamist/WNYC, the Brooklyn DA’s office has released its internal list of NYPD officers who provided dishonest testimony. The existence of this list, and similar lists at the DA offices of other boroughs, was made public earlier this year.
  • The City’s Department of Sanitation has issued a subpoena to the Ridgewood Tenants Union to identify specific members who may have posted illegal flyers in the tenant group’s fight against Amazon.
  • After a disastrous showing in his campaign for Public Advocate, Republican Council Member Joe Borelli (District 51, Southern Staten Island) has announced a bipartisan plan for Staten Island to secede from the City of New York.

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