We have dedicated a lot of our Need to Know’s on the mayoral race. It is a crucial time for our city and this is an important topic. There are however a lot of other races that New Yorkers need to vote on this month.
Gothamist compiled a tidy list of what positions are on the ballot and who’s running.
The person who holds this job manages the city’s public pension funds — which contain more than $250 billion in assets — and serves as a fiscal watchdog over city agencies and departments. Though few people how to even pronounce the job title, it is considered an important political post — seven of the last eight comptrollers ran for mayor.
What Does A Comptroller Do, And Who’s Running? Here’s The Gothamist guide.
The public advocate is largely a ceremonial figure — they don’t have a vote in the City Council, for example — but it’s still a citywide position with a bully pulpit that commands attention. The public advocate is also technically the second highest-ranking official in New York City, and stands first in line to assume mayoral duties if the mayor can’t perform the job.
Who’s running? Here’s The Gothamist guide.
The office of the Manhattan District Attorney has jurisdiction over the heart of the U.S. financial services industry, a.k.a. Wall Street. They pursue high-profile cases, including the one looking into the business dealings of the former president. And the visibility of the job gives the DA national influence in debates over issues such as police reform. Who’s running? Here’s The Gothamist guide.
Considered a borough’s champion and cheerleader, a borough president weighs in on land-use issues, distributes funds, and appoints people to local boards and roles. It can also be a political stepping stone, with the current Brooklyn Borough President and mayoral candidate Eric Adams being a case in point.
Who is running? Here are The Gothamist guides by borough:
This year, there are literally hundreds of candidates vying for a seat in the 51-member City Council, where budgets are set, agencies are held accountable, and new laws are passed. Citywide issues such as police reform are at the center of some races.
Most of the judges on this year’s ballot are running for open seats in Civil Court where they will oversee cases involving tenant-landlord disputes and small claims of up to $25,000.
Who Is Running? Here’s The Gothamist guide.
New York City is coming back stronger than ever. We never doubted it. Putting the right people in place is crucial. We would love to hear who you are most excited about. Reach out any time.