The Briefly for November 5, 2018 – The "You Have to Hear About the Election for One More Day" Edition
There is a lot of information about nearly every election on your ballot on Tuesday except your votes on judges. Even if you wanted to find more information about the judges on your ballot, you won't find much. 10/12 judges in Manhattan, 2/18 judges in Brooklyn, 2/11 judges in Queens, 7/20 judges in the Bronx, and 4/6 judges in Staten Island have submitted bios to the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center to educate voters.
10 things to watch on election day. (Gotham Gazette)
The Brooklyn Paper highlights the following races:
The 22nd State Senate District: Marty Golden (R) vs. Andrew Gounardes (D)
The 46th Assembly District: Mathylde Frontus (D) vs. Steven Saperstein (R)
11th Congressional District: Dan Donovan (R) vs. Max Rose (D)
20th Senate Senate District: Zellnor Myrie (D) vs. Jesse Hamilton (I)
26th State Senate District: Brian Kavanagh (D) vs. Anthony Arias (R) vs. Stuart Avrick (Conservative)
The ballot proposals:
Proposal 1: Campaign Finance This proposal would lower the amount that anyone would be able to donate to any candidate for city office and would increase public matching funds from 6:1 to 8:1. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 arguments in favor of the proposal and four against.
Proposal 2: Civic Engagement Commission This proposal would create a Civic Engagement Commission. The commission will be tasked with implementing a participatory budgeting program, support and encourage civic engagement efforts, and provide language interpreters at city poll sites in 2020. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and eight for no.
Proposal 3: Community Boards This proposal would impose term limits on community boards to four consecutive two-year terms. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and 16 for no.
A look at the three proposals on the back of Tuesday's ballot. (NY Times)
Mayor Bill de Blasio's case to vote yes on 1, 2, and 3.
amNY's case to vote yes on 1, 2, and 3.
Streetsblog's case to vote yes on 3.
The New York Times' case to vote yes on 1 and vote no on 2 and 3.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's case to vote yes on 1 and no on 2 and 3.
NY Post's case to vote no on 1 and 2.
The Daily News' case to vote no on 1, 2, and 3.
There's no such thing as free parking, right Alec Baldwin? (Gothamist)
"Kill N******" That's what was spray painted on the African Burial Ground Monument in Manhattan. What the hell is going on? (NY Times) “Gov. Cuomo, your silence is deafening. Mayor de Blasio, your silence is deafening” The mayor and governor have both been silent about the African Burial Ground vandalism, as pointed out by City Assemblyman Charles Barron. De Blasio and Cuomo have both made public comment about the defacement of Jewish temples. (NY Post)
The racist and anti-Semitic graffiti continues to be found across the city, this time on the Upper West Side. (West Side Rag) 26-year-old James Polite was arrested for writing "Kill all Jews" inside a Brooklyn Heights synagogue. (NY Post) A group of teens threw a metal pole through synagogue window in Clinton Hill. (NY Post)
The more we know about the Saudi sisters who were found dead in the Hudson River, the sadder the story gets. (NY Times) The sisters were denied asylum in the United States and had previously said they would rather commit suicide than go back to Saudi Arabia. (Gothamist)
Mayor de Blasio is "not happy" with his administration at times. Join the club, buddy. (NY Post)
Meet the city's clock master, 79 year old Marvin Schneider, who resets the city's grandest clocks by hand. (NY Times)
The city's new electric buses won't be ready for the L train shutdown and weekend work will severely limit L train service leading up to the April's full-time shutdown. (Town & Village)
The history of why Staten Island has never, and likely will never, be connected to the rest of the city via the subway. (amNY)
Does the city's fight against climate change mean rising rents? (HuffPost)
Capitol Prep Bronx has someone watching over them. Diddy pledged $1 million to the charter school, which will open in September 2019. (Bronx Times)
16 year’s after Jam Master Jay’s shooting death, a new Run-D.M.C. mural is up on the corner of 12th and Ave A. (Bedford + Bowery)
Does the city have room or patience for The Goods Mart, the upscale Los Angeles convenience store? (Gothamist)
How many times have you said "I'm going to go to the Botanical Garden this year" and never gone? Don't worry, now there's a live camera so you can look at the foliage without having to, you know, actually look</em at the foliage. (6sqft)
It's been fifteen years since the "Tiger in Harlem" story, and it's still one of the city's strangest. (NY Post)
Smash those pumpkins! The city has multiple pumpkin smashing events happening across the city, some with catapults! It's not only fun, but it's what's best for the environment. (amNY)
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