Williams wins, props passed, judges elected
BY THE VILLAGER STAFF
Manhattan residents headed to
the polls on Nov. 5 to choose
their public advocate, a slate
of judges and answers to fi ve ballot
questions — but not many of them
showed up to do so.
Yet another election in New York
City was marred by incredibly low
turnout. About 13% of registered voters
citywide cast a selection in the public
advocate race, which was at the top
of every ballot.
Incumbent Jumaane Williams, the
Democrat elected in February from 17
candidates in a special election, easily
bested Republican Councilman Joe
Borelli of Staten Island and Libertarian
Devin Balkind with relative ease, gaining
77.84% in favor of the incumbent.
Meanwhile, voters overwhelmingly approved
fi ve proposed changes to the City
Charter — with every question getting a
“Yes” vote from 70% or more voters.
New York will join more than a dozen
other cities and countries that have
adopted a ranked-choice model. The
approved proposal will set that new
ranked system in place for elections
beginning in 2021.
Voters also passed a referendum to
expand and strengthen the authority of
the Civilian Complain Review Board
(CCRB), the group that is charged
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams cruised to victory in his re-election
bid on Nov. 5.
with investigating reports of police
misconduct against civilians.
Tuesday’s vote also approved a measure
PHOTO BY MARK HALLUM
that in part extends the ban on how
long former city offi cials and appointees
must wait before lobbying their old agencies,
from one year to two.
The fourth approved proposal
would allow the city to create “rainy
day fund” in its budget and set minimum
budgets for public advocate and
borough president offi ces.
And the fi fth measure approved relates
to land use and requires the city
to submit detailed project summaries to
the relevant borough president, borough
board and community board at least 30
days before the application is certifi ed for
public review. It also gives the local community
board additional time to review
Finally, Manhattan voters elected
a slate of judges to the Civil and
Three Democratic judges took victory
last night in the 1st Judicial District’s
Supreme Court Race: Martin Shulman
took 117,593 votes, Shawn T. Kelly had
115,875, and Jennifer Schechter received
126,458 ballots. All of the other 3,525
votes went to write ins.
Two civil court county judges, Ashlee
Crawford and Robert Rosenthal also
prevailed unopposed in Manhattan —
Crawford with 136,775 votes and Rosenthal
Meanwhile Anna Lewis E. Grace Park,
and Erik L. Gray separately won the 3rd,
4th, and 9th Civil Court districts too.
They were elected without opposition.
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