5 races to watch for in New York City’s 2019 city elections

Nadine Adams, executive director of the Office of Sewerage and Water Conservation, currently serves as one of 12 leaders of the 23rd Council District. After replacing Susan Herman, who left the council to run…

5 races to watch for in New York City’s 2019 city elections

Nadine Adams, executive director of the Office of Sewerage and Water Conservation, currently serves as one of 12 leaders of the 23rd Council District. After replacing Susan Herman, who left the council to run for the Public Advocate post, Ms. Adams was re-elected as the council’s fourth full term at-large. Previously, she was a member of the board of directors at the National Urban League, and for the past 10 years she has been a political strategist for the federal office of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Bill de Blasio made it clear he plans to run again in four years. However, I think he’ll want to make it known early that he wouldn’t have been the man New Yorkers want to serve. New Yorkers trust Anthony. He seems like the person they want.

Sheriff Lee Baca, a former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a long-time Los Angeles police official, saw his career end in scandal after he was convicted of ten of 10 counts of bribery and obstruction of justice. Still, a familiarity with government helped de Blasio beat her in 2007. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department worked closely with him to smooth the release of American held hostage in Iran — he’s spent years trying to win the release of a Middle Eastern diplomat.

In November, in 2014, de Blasio announced he was taking an unpaid leave of absence from his job at the law firm of Rose & Janklow to concentrate on campaigning. That spring, Olivia Nuzzi, a reporter with The New York Observer, alleged that Jeremy Reichberg, de Blasio’s top fundraiser, had carried on a long affair with her (he has denied the charges). De Blasio responded by removing Reichberg from his campaign, and re-energizing his efforts.

Howard Greenfield, the councilman representing Brooklyn, who supported Anthony Weiner’s 2009 mayoral bid, is under investigation by the city’s Conflict of Interest Board for use of his official credit card, which prosecutors are looking into to see if it was used improperly for campaign work.

Signatures on ballots for the New York City Council elections were due at midnight on Monday night — here are the available citywide races.

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