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Your guide to the March 23 city council special election

Who is on the ballot? When can you vote? Where can you vote? Get the answers here

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This part of the Bronx has been without representation on the city council since Andrew Cohen resigned at the end of last year so he could become a Bronx Supreme Court judge.

Those weeks without a city council member are about to come to a close as six candidates vie to succeed him in a special election set for March 23.

Who is running? When can you vote? Where can you vote? 

Early voting is happening right now, and continues through Sunday, March 21. Four polling locations have been set up for this specific city council race — but voters can only visit the location they are assigned. Specific location information can be found at FindMyPollsite.vote.nyc

Polling site locations are at:
• The Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Ave.
• IN-Tech Academy, 2965 Tibbett Ave.
• Bronx Science, 75 W. 205th St.
• St. Anthony's Church, 4505 Richardson Ave.

Hours continue through Sunday. Wednesday is noon to 8 p.m., Thursday is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday is 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On March 23, polls will open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., at sites including:
• P.S. 81 Robert J. Christen, 5550 Riverdale Ave.
• P.S. 95, 3961 Hillman Ave.
• P.S. 207, 3030 Godwin Terrace
• P.S. 16 Wakefield, 4550 Carpenter Ave.
• P.S. 94 Kings College School, 3530 Kings College Place

For election updates, text "NYCVOTES" to (917) 979-6377, or click here.

General stories of interest from this race include:
Haller accuses Dinowitz, Ben Franklin Club, of violating campaign finance laws
Council candidates spend $220,000 in a month, but mostly skip the Bronx
Can’t pick just one candidate? Now you don’t have to
Biaggi backs Lora, Haller in council race; blasts Dinowitz
Sex work: Is it up next for the state agenda?
Special election then primary creates a ‘double-marathon’
Taxpayers fund campaigns, but little remains in Bronx
They’re too young to vote, but they’re old enough to care
Council candidates spar, but agree on unity
City council candidates get some respite from COVID
Haller now out-raising Dinowitz in council race, Lora starts strong
de Blasio sets council special election for March 23
Council candidates tell Ben Franklin Club to forget it
City council candidates say election laws put them in COVID danger
Candidates band together versus Ben Franklin Club
Delay ranked-choice voting? Not so fast, candidates say
Council candidates not interested in DSA
Thanks a million, Andy
Report: Bronx Dems to nominate Andrew Cohen for bench
Candidates clash over express bus
Matching funds integral to Dinowitz, Padernacht showdown
Politics, money, democracy creating a heady mix
No special election — well not now, at least

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In the race, in order they appear on the ballot, are:

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Eric Dinowitz

A former special education teacher and union representative with the United Federation of Teachers, living in Riverdale. He's the chair of Community Board 8's aging committee. He's also the son of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and is the male Democratic district leader for the area covered by his father's Assembly district.

Read his Point of View published in the March 18 Riverdale Press by clicking here.

Dinowitz has raised $76,390 through March 8, and earned another $142,500 in taxpayer-fueled matching funds. He has spent $176,059, of which $9,660 — or 5.5 percent — was spent inside the Bronx.

Independent expenditure groups supporting Dinowitz include:
• Voters of NYC Inc. — $49,050
• Laborers Building a Better New York — $8,156
• Empire State 32BJ SEIU PAC — $3,716

Voters of NYC has received $185,000 in donations so far this year, according to the city's campaign finance website, including $100,000 from WLZ Properties. It is run by William Zeckendorf, president of Zeckendorf Development Inc., known primarily for its 54-story luxury residential tower at 520 Park Ave., in the Upper East Side.

Laborers Building a Better New York has received $110,000 in donations this year, including $100,000 from the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York.

Other stories of note:
Key Food settles union dispute, pays $90,000
Dinowitz is Ben Franklin Club's choice
Chase Bank says it’s closing, community fights back
One political club that's feeling a lot like Trump
Younger Dinowitz gets early UFT nod
Major teachers union endorses for 2021 race? Not so fast
Dinowitz fights for more voting precincts

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Jessica Haller

An environmental activist and entrepreneur, living in Fieldston. 

Read her Point of View published in the March 18 Riverdale Press by clicking here.

Haller has raised $83,027 through March 8, and earned another $142,450 in taxpayer-fueled matching funds. She has spent $180,913, of which $12,423 — or 6.9 percent — was spent inside the Bronx.

Other stories of note:
Has city council special election race gone to the dogs?
Haller, Lora join forces to box out council opponents
Haller, Yang test positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus not enough to stop this campaign
Environmental advocate Jessica Haller jumps into city council race

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Mino Lora

A theatre non-profit executive director, living in Spuyten Duyvil. 

Read her Point of View published in the March 18 Riverdale Press by clicking here.

Lora has raised $31,819 through March 8, and earned another $142,500 in taxpayer-fueled matching funds. She has spent $62,556, of which $32,057 — or 51.2 percent — was spent inside the Bronx.

Other stories of note:
Lora says she's evolved from 'abolish the police'
Emotional? Just human
Biaggi backs Lora, Haller in council race; blasts Dinowitz
Haller, Lora join forces to box out council opponents
Coffee drinkers hope for last-minute reprieve to save Buunni
Council candidate Mino Lora tests positive for COVID-19
Mino Lora ready to take on broken systems — old and new

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Carlton Berkley

A retired New York Police Department detective, living in Wakefield. 

Berkley has raised $11,326 through March 8, but has received no taxpayer-fueled matching funds. He has spent $5,479, of which $3,100 — or 56.6 percent — was spent inside the Bronx.

Other stories of note:
Padernacht, Berkley partner up in ranked-choice ballot alliance
Carlton Berkley wants to give a voice to the voiceless
Carlton Berkley jumps into council race to replace Andrew Cohen

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Kevin Pazmino

An independent filmmaker, living in North Riverdale. 

Pazmino has raised no money, and says he will not be fundraising for the race. 

Other stories of note:
Pazmino lone conservative in crowded council race
Newest council candidate under fire over Twitter
• Sixth candidate enters election  

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Daniel Padernacht

A real estate attorney, living in Kingsbridge Heights. He's the chair of Community Board 8's traffic and transportation committee, and served three years as chair of Community Board 8.

Read his Point of View published in the March 18 Riverdale Press by clicking here.

Padernacht has raised $43,371 through March 8, and earned another $131,541 in taxpayer-fueled matching funds. He has spent $85,140, of which $27,389 — or 32.2 percent — was spent inside the Bronx.

Independent expenditure groups supporting Padernacht include:
• Voters of NYC Inc. — $6,429

Voters of NYC has received $185,000 in donations so far this year, according to the city's campaign finance website, including $100,000 from WLZ Properties. It is run by William Zeckendorf, president of Zeckendorf Development Inc., known primarily for its 54-story luxury residential tower at 520 Park Ave., in the Upper East Side.

Other stories of note:
Padernacht, Berkley partner up in ranked-choice ballot alliance
CB8 still far away from solving Independence Ave
Making a difference? Or just making a mess?
Dionel Then drops from council race, backs Padernacht
Padernacht makes early entry into city council race

Last updated March 20.

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