Money for nothing: Stringer, McGuire, Donovan sink in mayoral poll

It’s still anyone’s guess who will win the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City. But no one is guessing Scott Stringer, Shaun Donovan or Ray McGuire. A phone poll conducted five weeks before the June 22 primary shows the three candidates struggling for traction despite their ample war chests peppering voters’ screens with ads. The survey also thrusts Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams into the role of favorite and elevates Kathryn Garcia from

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Comptroller-endorsed development plan fails to meet Stringer’s campaign proposals

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office has endorsed a newly announced partnership between two city pension funds and Hudson Companies to develop housing for middle-class families. But the $250 million project’s mix falls short of the affordable housing plans that Stringer and other mayoral hopefuls have campaigned on, proposing a breakdown that housing advocates say misses the mark. Intended to house the working class, the partnership allots city pension funds to develop buildings across

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Voters agree on building housing, not on mayoral candidates

Voters are sure they want more housing in New York City. As for which mayoral candidate should lead that effort, they are clueless. A new phone poll shows 76 percent of 800 likely Democratic primary voters consider it very or extremely important to increase the supply of housing. But half are not ready to pick a nominee in the June 22 contest, which will all but determine the winner of November’s election. For what it’s

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Stringer’s housing plan doesn’t pencil out: developers

Mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer wants to require all residential projects to include affordable housing — but some developers say his numbers don’t add up. The city comptroller released a 47-page housing plan Thursday including details on the “universal affordable housing” program he announced last year. Under it, developers would have to make at least 25 percent of apartments deeply affordable in projects with 10 or more units. The low-rent units would be affordable to households

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Where mayoral candidates stand on real estate

As more candidates join the New York City mayoral race, they threaten to hit a critical threshold: how many fit on a Zoom screen. With just four months until the Democratic primary that is sure to determine the winner, candidates have been facing off in adjacent squares like an extended Brady family. More than 40 are running, and given New York’s progressive electorate, their overlap on positions is considerable — notably in their distancing themselves

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Mayoral poll shows Yang ahead, McGuire with uphill battle

Covid is the top issue for Democratic voters in the city, but they have mixed feelings on who should handle it as the next mayor, according to a new poll. The first independent survey of the race, from Fontas Advisors and Core Decision Analytics, found that former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has the most name recognition and early support, followed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Comptroller Scott Stringer. The results also suggest

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What to make of Stephen Ross betting $1M on mayor’s race

After 12 years of loving Michael Bloomberg and seven despising Bill de Blasio, some titans of real estate are ready to splurge on a pro-business mayoral candidate. But which one? And can real estate’s money make a difference anyway? Don’t count on it. First, the news: Related Companies Chairman Stephen Ross just poured $1 million into a campaign fund to influence the city’s 2021 elections for mayor and City Council, the New York Times reported

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Shut down offices, indoor dining: Stringer

As Covid-19 cases spike in New York City, comptroller Scott Stringer — a front-runner in the 2021 mayoral race — just made himself very unpopular with office landlords. “We owe it to our kids to do everything we can to keep schools safe and open,” Stringer said in a tweet Thursday. “Shut down office buildings.” Stringer also called on city and state lawmakers to shut down indoor dining and gyms and improve the city’s contract

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Eliot Spitzer Tax Returns Partially Released Following Criticism

NEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer released parts of his federal tax returns for the last two years on Wednesday, but withheld significant portions that would give a full picture of his wealth. The mini-document dump came after Spitzer, a candidate for New York City comptroller, was pounded by critics Tuesday for refusing to provide his …