East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected the next Speaker of the City Council.
The 51 members of the Council cast their votes this afternoon, electing Ms. Mark-Viverito, a key ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the second-most-powerful elected official in the city in a unanimous, 51-0 vote.
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Manhattan Councilman Dan Gardonick has officially conceded the speaker’s race to his rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Three weeks after Ms. Mark-Viverito declared victory and half an hour after the vote was set to take place, Mr. Garodnick released a statement throwing his support behind her.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio–a once obscure public official with a name few at first could pronounce–declared victory tonight, and now stands on the cusp of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor without a runoff.
The latest returns put Mr. de Blasio at slightly over 40 percent of the vote–a feat once deemed all-but-impossible in a crowded field of five candidates.
The New York City Board of Elections has a pretty miserable reputation, which only grew worse after significant problems roiled last November’s presidential election, forcing many voters to wait in line for hours.
Unsurprisingly, today’s citywide primary election doesn’t seem to be going much better, with New Yorkers across the city reporting widespread incidences of broken voting machines and misinformed poll workers, causing some to be turned away in their attempt to participate in the democratic process.
Alas, Quinnipiac University had the misfortune of polling the mayor’s race before Monday’s bombshell revelations of a leading candidate’s continued deception and sexting habits beyond his resignation from office.
Nevertheless, the firm did the work and released the numbers this evening anyway–showing some good news for former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary in the process.
For partisans of President Barack Obama, the headlines were alarming.
“Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel,” said The Wall Street Journal. “Obama’s Jewish Backers on Edge Over His Mideast Peace Plan,” proclaimed the Los Angeles Times.
The denunciations were swift and final. President Obama, it seemed, had made a fundamental error in calling for Israel Read More
New York Tech Meetup is looking so grown-up these days.
Beyond just selling out the Skirball Center every month, the organization is seeking official status as a non-profit and adopting a set of Governing Bylaws.
As part of this maturation, NYTM is creating a 13 member board, with four of the seats to Read More
Know why we vote on Tuesdays? Because Sunday is the Lord’s day, and it takes at least a day to get to the polling place by horse and buggy. Wednesday, that’s market day.
Hmmm. This rationale may have been convincing in 1845, when the law was passed that made Election Day a Tuesday. Now, it’s Read More
Update – Noon: 11,751 voters have checked in from 7,440 locations. Video of Crowley talking elections and astronauts below.
Foursquare users who glance at their mobile apps this morning will notice something new: polling stations near them pushed to the top of the Places page.
On top of this, Foursquare has created Read More