A day after the sleep-inducing main election that 5 out of six registered metropolis Democrats prevented Tuesday, the hangover has set in. Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese stated the lesson was “cash issues” — however low turnout did too.
Listed here are some takeaways:
*On Tuesday the Board of Elections preliminary estimate discovered simply 439,963 individuals voted — a mere 14% of the town’s three.07 million registered lively Democrats.
That is near the pathetic eleven% turnout of 2009, the worst displaying in trendy reminiscence. Supporters of Mayor de Blasio level to the Hizzoner’s massive margin of victory over Albanese and others — he gained seventy four% of the vote, the most important proportion in many years — however then-metropolis controller Invoice Thompsons tallied seventy one% in 2009, with out the benefit of being an incumbent.
New York Metropolis 2017 Main Election Outcomes
Whereas there have been periodic spikes in turnout for Democratic mayoral primaries, the development in New York Metropolis has been dismal of late.
There have been exceptions. In 1989, turnout was 50% when David Dinkins bested incumbent Ed Koch. In 2001 it hit almost 30%, when 785,365 Democrats confirmed up for a main delayed by the Sept. eleven terrorist assaults.
*Tuesday featured document spending by a Bronx metropolis council candidate who barely gained however might be accused of spending like Paris Hilton with little to point out in return.
Retiring Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj spent a thoughts-bending $716,000 to get simply three,326 votes — that is $215 per vote. This acquired him simply 368 votes greater than his primary rival, Marjorie Velazquez, who spent $164,000 ($fifty five per vote).
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*Tuesday additionally left metropolis taxpayers overlaying the invoice for 2 excessive profile losers with sordid pasts.
In Corona, Queens, ex-convict Hiram Monserrate spent all the $sixty one,000 he’d raised in donations, so no matter else he owes after dropping to Assemblyman Francisco Moya can be picked up by the $one hundred,one hundred he obtained in public matching funds.
In Harlem, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, who has a historical past of anti-Semitic feedback, misplaced badly to incumbent Councilman Mark Levine. Lopez-Pierre raised simply $17,000 however spent $fifty seven,000. That required him to dip into the $ninety nine,one hundred eighty in public funds he acquired.
Each Lopez-Pierre and Monserrate should return any…