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Collecting hundreds of signatures is probably one of the last things anyone wants to do during a global pandemic. Yet that’s exactly what the five remaining candidates seeking to replace Andrew Cohen on the city council must do now that Mayor Bill de Blasio has set March 23 for their special election. more
Mayor Bill de Blasio interrupted his own press briefing over a new surge of coronavirus cases Monday to announce the special election to replace Andrew Cohen on the city council is set for March 23. more
Dan Padernacht — joined by others seeking to succeed Councilman Andrew Cohen — called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to suspend the need to collect petition signatures in order to get on the ballot. None of them feel the middle of a pandemic is the best time to fulfill that requirement. more
As Donald Trump was on the verge of being elected President of the United States on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, Christian Amato had a realization. “I was watching what was happening with the presidential election, and I just said to myself, ‘Wow, Democrats suck at narrative,’” Amato said. “Democrats can’t tell a story. There’s no sense of stagecraft to anything that the Democrats are doing.” more
Even though most, if not all, the races have been called, not all the election results in New York are in yet.  State and city election officials didn’t start counting absentee ballots until Nov. 10, meaning more than 700,000 ballots remained outstanding from initial counts — including nearly 13,000 in the 81st Assembly District, currently represented by Jeffrey Dinowitz. more
Eliot Engel hopes all of his votes are hidden in absentee ballots that have yet to be counted. Because if live-voting from Tuesday and early balloting is any indicator, his retirement may be coming sooner than he thought. more
Lawmakers in Washington might be putting together massive relief packages for people and businesses nationwide suffering through the coronavirus pandemic, but New York's city council introduced a comprehensive relief package of its own Wednesday tackling a wide range of issues, from how long renters have to pay their landlords, when essential workers can be fired, and even paid sick leave for so-called "gig" workers. more
For years, Andrew Cohen has batted a thousand when it comes to tackling key environmental issues — at least in the eyes of the New York League of Conservation Voters. more
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