Jumaane Williams wins public advocate race; ballot questions pass
Democrat Jumaane Williams has won a full term as New York City public advocate.
Williams won a special election back in February, taking over Letitia James' seat when she became attorney general. Republican City Councilmember Joseph Borelli and Libertarian Devin Balkin had challenged Williams this time around.
Democrat Farah Louis secured her second term in the City Council's 45th District seat. Libertarian David Fite and Liberal Anthony Beckford were all vying for the spot. Councilwoman Farah Louis won the seat during a special election in May after it was left open by Jumaane Williams.
All five ballot questions passed. Voters will now be able to rank candidates in primary and special elections for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president and City Council – picking up to five. Ballot question No. 2 increases the size of the Civilian Complaint Review Board to 15 members and protects the organization's budget. Question No. 3 proposed having two of the conflicts of interest board members be appointed by the public advocate and comptroller rather than all by the mayor. Question No. 4 included budget changes like setting up a "rainy day fund" and giving protected budgets to the public advocate and borough presidents. The final question requires the Department of City Planning to send a detailed summary of any uniform land use review procedure projects to the borough president, borough board and community board 30 days before the public review and gives community boards more time to review those project applications.
This year was the first time that New Yorkers had the option to vote early. Officials say thousands casted their votes thanks to early voting.