New York City, NYPosted by
Salon

A mask comeback is not enough to sway Trump voters: It's time to start imposing vaccine mandates

Vaccinated America is fed up with the unvaccinated, and the mainstream media is finally starting to pay attention. "As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger," declares a Tuesday morning New York Times headline. "'Patience has worn thin': Frustration mounts over vaccine holdouts," read a similar headline from Friday's Washington Post.
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Woodland Park, NJspotonnewjersey.com

Mayor's school board slate in Woodland Park unopposed

In Woodland Park, you don't win elections if you don't have the backing of Mayor Keith Kazmark. That led Christopher Mania to skip a bid for re-election to a Board of Education seat after Kazmark made it clear he wouldn't be included on a slate this year. Mania is the nephew of former...
Bergen County, NJNew Jersey Globe

Francica, Sheehan-Willis will get top Bergen election posts

Gov. Phil Murphy will name Debra Francica as the interim Bergen County Superintendent of Elections and Jamie Sheehan-Willis as the deputy, the New Jersey Globe has learned. They will replace to legendary Bergen election officials, Patti DiCostanzo and Terry O’Connor. The two retired earlier this year after running elections in the state’s largest county since the 1990s. DiCostanzo left in April and O’Connor a few weeks after the June primary.
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Brooklyn, NYcityandstateny.com

Vanessa Gibson sheds light on Bronx power

Vanessa Gibson is all but guaranteed to be the first woman to serve as Bronx borough president when she takes office next year. She’ll also be the first Bronx borough president in who knows how long to come from Brooklyn. But Gibson, who was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, is a Bronxite by choice and relocated to the borough after college and has represented City Council District 16 on the southwestern edge of the Bronx since the end of 2013. Before that, she served in the Assembly from 2009 to 2013. She talked with City & State about running without the Bronx Democratic Party’s support, leading a majority Latino borough as a Black woman and who really has power in the borough.
New York City, NYForward

‘This is the time to unify’: Eric Adams ally meets with Orthodox leaders after bitter primary battle

A key ally of Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, met with a group of Orthodox leaders in Brooklyn on Tuesday following a bitter primary last month. “Adams is building his core team to make sure that there’s a voice in every part, every corner of the city in New York,” Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, chairwoman of the Kings County Democratic Party who has worked closely with Adams in recent years, told the community leaders during a roundtable discussion in Borough Park.
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GOP's race to the bottom: Who can be the most obnoxious troll?

J.D. Vance is getting desperate. The author of a book now famous for being adapted into the worst Netflix movie of all time is running for Senate in Ohio, hoping to use the same down-home country boy cosplay that effectively fooled both country club Republicans and the Hollywood liberals who bought "Hillbilly Elegy" to gain the trust of actual Ohio Republican voters. So far, however, the Yale law school-educated venture capitalist with a campaign bankrolled by one of the most sinister Silicon Valley financiers, Peter Thiel, has not received the open-armed welcome he clearly expected. The fight between Vance and the other Republican candidates, Josh Mandel and Jane Timken, has turned into a battle of who can be the Trumpiest. Vance's air of being a try-hard — compared to the more authentic racist pandering that emanates from Mandel — has left him falling way behind in the polls. Even moves like apologizing abjectly for past Trump criticism just end up being a reminder that, even though Vance is every inch the hardline authoritarian, he is bad at hiding what political science professor Scott Lemieux described as "his disdain for members of the Appalachian working class who have not shared his good fortune." And so, to gain ground, Vance has turned to a tactic that has become the primary form of discourse in the GOP, post-Donald Trump: trolling.
Staten Island, NYPosted by
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‘A new chapter and narrative in Staten Island politics’: Winners of North Shore Democratic District Leader races certified

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It’s official, Minister Robert Perkins and Jasmine Robinson will be the next Democratic District Leaders in the 61st Assembly District. The New York City Board of Elections (BOE) released the certified results from the June 22 primary last week. In the final count, Robinson won the Female District Leader seat with 7,695 votes, or approximately 74.9%. With 5,147 votes -- approximately 50.9% -- Perkins defeated incumbent Male District Leader Daniel Lavelle by 237 votes.
Brooklyn, NYNY Daily News

The truth about Republicans and taxes: Hakeem Jeffries defends a disputed assertion about Trump’s cuts

Earlier this year, House and Senate Republicans unanimously voted against providing the American people with desperately needed relief from the public health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan using the budget reconciliation process that allowed us to overcome Senate Republican obstruction with a simple majority vote.
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Queens, NYqueenseagle.com

Race to represent only GOP seat in Queens begins

Many City Council seats in Queens are won in the primary. Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in the borough and in many districts, a Democratic primary win is almost always enough to guarantee a win in November. While there are several races in Queens that will see a Republican and Democrat...
Albany, NYspectrumlocalnews.com

Progressive groups to make push for upcoming ballot questions in New York

Fifty progressive and community organizations in New York on Wednesday are set to release a letter urging voters to approve a trio of constitutional amendments to be put to a referendum this November. The amendments backed by the groups, if approved, would make changes to the state's upcoming redistricting process,...
Fairfield, NJnewjerseyhills.com

Contested school board races in Fairfield, Essex Fells

Four people reportedly filed to run for two seats on the Fairfield Board of Education in the Nov. 2 election. The Essex County Clerk’s Office had not released by press time the official list of candidates who filed to run by the 4 p.m. deadline Monday, July 26. Terms usually are for three years.
Ridgewood, NJtheridgewoodblog.net

Five Candidates Vie for Three Open Seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education

Ridgewood NJ, five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Board of Education in Ridgewood. Candidates who are bracketed together share position on the ballot as a group, and their names will be printed together as well. All candidates, individual or bracketed, will have their own voting box/oval and will be tallied separately.