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Calling All Republican Candidates for Public Advocate …



That list appears to be shorter than the list of Democratic council members calling for a 4th Bloomberg term.

As far as NYTrue.com can determine, there are not yet any Republican candidates for Public Advocate.  (There are four, recently down from five, active Democratic candidates.)

At the Republican mayoral candidate forum hosted by Crain’s today, I briefly spoke about this with two Republican county chairs.  Dan Isaacs of Manhattan and Craig Eaton of Brooklyn both confirmed that they do not know of any publicly declared Republican candidates for Public Advocate.  They also, however, said that they hope to make a unified choice of a candidate, suggesting that they hope that one of the current mayoral candidates ends up as the Republican Public Advocate candidate.  They both added that they think the office of Public Advocate should be abolished.

If you are, or plan to be, a Republican candidate for Public Advocate, please let us know – we would like to talk with you.

Update:  You can find our coverage of the Democratic candidates here.

Catsimatidis v. MTA (Round 1)



Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis held a press conference today to criticize the MTA and it’s scheduled increase of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll.

In this report, we cover what Catsimatidis had to say about some of his rivals, including one who was chairman of the MTA, and his suggestion as to how two of those rivals could help the Republican Party.

We’ll have more about their press conference in a later report.

Mayoral Mashup: 31st CD Special Election Edition



In our Mayoral Mashup we talk with voters, as well as political and policy leaders, about what they see as the most important issue facing New York City’s next mayor.

For this Mayoral Mashup we spoke with Rockaway voters participating in the 31st Council District special election and asked one simple question:  What do you see as the most important issue that our next mayor will face upon taking office?  Watch to find out what they had to say.

You can watch previous Mayoral Mashups here (with voters at a mayoral candidate forum) and here (with Dick Ravitch).

Republican Primary Voters: Where to find them



As the Republican mayoral primary heats up, the candidates face a fundamental challenge: finding their primary voters in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City.  To develop a more detailed understanding of the Republican search for primary voters, we’ve been doing some analysis of voter registration and voter activity (as well as answering candidate robocalls).  This first step in our analysis focuses on registered voters.  We will discuss voting patterns, likely voters and turnout in a later post.

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