2019年11月6日 星期三

N.Y. Today: Your Election Results

What you need to know for Wednesday.

How New York Voted on the 5 Ballot Questions

It's Wednesday.

Weather: Bright, breezy and dry, with a high in the mid-50s.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Veterans Day).


Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times

Beginning in 2021, primary voters in New York City will no longer choose just one candidate for each political office but will instead rank up to five candidates in order of preference.

That change was decided on Tuesday, when New Yorkers overwhelmingly approved a ballot proposal that will transform how primary and special elections are held in the five boroughs.

Here are some more results from Election Day:

Ballot proposals pass

Four other city ballot proposals passed. The new initiatives will expand civilian oversight of the Police Department, earmark budgets for the offices of public advocate and borough president, expand a lobbying ban for public servants who enter the private sector, and lengthen the review time for certain land-use applications.


To get all five proposals on one ballot, the questions were printed in a tiny, seven-point font. Some advocacy groups said that was problematic.

Democrats sweep in New York City

Democrats, who hold about a six-to-one advantage over Republicans among voters in the city, had an easy election night.

The public advocate, Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn, was re-elected, easily dispatching his Republican challenger, Councilman Joseph Borelli of Staten Island.

Mr. Williams was elected in February to serve through 2019. Yesterday's vote decided who would fill the final two years of the term of his predecessor, Letitia James, who vacated the seat when she was elected the state's attorney general.


In Queens, Melinda Katz, the borough president, was elected district attorney. She handily defeated Joe Murray, a registered Democrat and former police officer who supports President Trump and ran as a Republican.

Ms. Katz narrowly won her party's nomination over Tiffany Cabán, a public defender who was supported by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Fewer headaches

Recent elections in the city have been marred by frustrations, including long lines and broken voting machines.

On Tuesday, there were fewer complaints, possibly because of lighter voter turnout.

Election Day was not the only day to vote. In the nine days before the election, more than 60,000 ballots were cast as part of the state's new early-voting opportunities.

A Soros-backed candidate falls short upstate

Outside of New York City, two Democratic candidates for district attorney had the support of a political action committee funded solely by George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist.

In Monroe County, which includes Rochester, the PAC spent more than $800,000 to help Shani Curry Mitchell, a prosecutor, challenge Sandra Doorley, the Republican incumbent. But Ms. Doorley prevailed to win a third term.

In Ulster County, the PAC spent more than $240,000 to support David Clegg, a criminal defense lawyer. He ran against Michael Kavanagh, a Republican and top official in the district attorney's office. The race was too close to call as of late Tuesday night.


Explore news from New York and around the region

The Mini Crossword: Here is today's puzzle.

What we're reading

Depictions of children hanging from nooses during Halloween are a symptom of the gentrification problem in Brooklyn, neighbors said. [Brooklyn Eagle]

A nonprofit organization in Manhattan is teaching seniors how to use smartphones and other technology. [Wall Street Journal]

In 2010, there were 253 Duane Reades in New York City. Today, there are 91. [Gothamist]

Coming up today

Celebrate the publication of the book "Bob Kaufman: Collected Poems" at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers in Brooklyn. 8 p.m. [Free]

A screening of the documentary "Charlie's Records" includes a Q. and A. and is part of the Caribbean Film Series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 7:30 p.m. [$16]

"Eva Zeisel: Designing in the Air" includes a viewing of the artist's ceramic designs and a workshop at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan. 3 p.m. [$15]

— Melissa Guerrero

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times's culture pages.

And finally: American Artist

The Times's Julie Hoangmy Ho reports:

There's a new exhibition at the Queens Museum called "My Blue Window" that was created by an artist who took the name American Artist.

Artist, 30, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, said their exhibit looks at the whiteness of digital interfaces and centers on the victims of anti-black violence.

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Artist:

You've said that changing your legal name to American Artist was an act of both declaration and erasure. What was your thinking behind the decision?

When I had the idea to change my name, I realized that if I asked anyone what they thought, they would tell me not to do it. So I just did it.

Why American Artist?

I wasn't thinking of it as an endorsement of an American identity. It was more, for one thing, questioning what an American artist is.

What are you saying in your show?

I'm thinking about the promise of technologies being a solution, especially with predictive policing. It's presented as this optimal way to police people, and yet it can't be proven that it even works. It's software that's continuing to incarcerate people that shouldn't be responsible for the effects of the software.

What is it about the color blue that made you want to explore it in "My Blue Window"?

I've used blue in a lot of my work, and it's taken different meanings at different times.

Later, I started to think about how the police are weaponizing that color by identifying as blue and by presenting blueness as if it's a racial identity, thinking of the Blue Lives Matter movement.

As a viewer in the exhibition, you're in the position of the police officer, watching dash cam footage. It has this voyeuristic aspect to it.

It's Wednesday — make time for art.

Metropolitan Diary: Cake boxes

Dear Diary:

I lived on West 109th Street near Columbia University in the mid-1980s. I was a student there at the time. Money was tight, and treats of any kind were rare.

In my reduced circumstances, I could not help noticing the parade of people routinely walking up and down my block carrying neon-pink cake boxes. As far as I knew, there was no bakery in the immediate neighborhood, at least not on my street. The cake boxes were a total mystery to me.

One day, I entered my building just as a woman walked out of a first-floor apartment carrying a neon-pink cake box.

It turned out that the tenant of the apartment was quietly operating a thriving cake-baking business. She had apparently put some kind of powerful filtering device on her oven that minimized the delectable aroma of her wares.

A friend who was a medical student was about to travel to Sierra Leone to work in a community health clinic. I splurged and ordered a chocolate cake shaped like the continent of Africa from the stealthy baker.

Oh what a day when I walked the four flights down from my apartment, knocked on her door and retrieved my very own neon-pink cake box.

— Evelyn C. White

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