HAPPENING NOW: ELECTION NIGHT
Results Are Coming In
11:55 p.m. Here are the results for other races, including comptroller, public advocate, and Manhattan DA.
9:30 p.m. The polls are closed and results are coming in. The AP has already called Eric Adams as the projected winner in the mayoral race — you can read our story here. More on Sliwa's concession speech below.
Live From The Election Night Parties
Tonight, we're at Eric Adams's and Curtis Sliwa's respective election night parties and will be updating with dispatches and results as we get them. Follow along below, and via our politics team on Twitter: Brigid Bergin (@brigidbergin), David Cruz (@cwebcruzer), and Elizabeth Kim (@lizkimtweets).
Team Adams Is Watching The Returns From The Brooklyn Marriott
6:45 p.m. Eric Adams’s campaign is hosting an election night party at the Brooklyn Marriott, not far from Brooklyn Borough Hall, where Adams spends his working days (and apparently some nights too.) As of 6:45 p.m., several TV cameras had already arrived and members of the press began gathering (more than 110 members of the media have RSVP’d). The ballroom, which has been outfitted with a large stage decked with American and New York City flags, can fit a total of 1,200 people. All invitees are required to show proof of vaccination, though masks are not required. “We’re expecting capacity,” Stefan Ringel, senior communications adviser for the campaign. No food will be served due to COVID restrictions. There will, however, be a cash bar.
What To Expect At The Adams Campaign Event Tonight
7:20 p.m. If he wins, Adams is expected to deliver a speech at around 10 p.m., according to Evan Thies, a campaign spokesman. Adams will be introduced by his younger brother Bernard, who bears a strong resemblance to the candidate and also served on the NYPD. Thies said that if Adams wins, his speech will echo his message on the campaign trail. “That he is not special. And this campaign was not about him,” Thies said. “It was about the little guy and someone who grew up low income facing the same challenges that everyday New Yorkers face, becoming the leader of New York City and being in charge of those services, schools precincts that everyday people depend on to function better.”
At Adams’s Event, Old Friends And Some New Ones Too
8:45 p.m. With polls closing soon, guests are gradually starting to trickle in. Reverend Al Cockfield, the executive pastor of God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in Central Brooklyn, said he’s known Adams for around 20 years. He said he felt “ecstatic” tonight. “We’ve been friends for quite some time, and I’ve seen him evolve,” he said. “He never forgot who he was. He never forgot the people that got him there. He has a heart for the city."
Kahlil DeVore, whose mother owns a dance studio in Queens, says Adams contacted them a few weeks before tonight’s event and invited their students to dance on stage. With such little notice, the group had little time to prepare—“We did two rehearsals so far,” he said. “But they’re professionals.”
The group of mostly teens will be dancing a routine choreographed to Alicia Keys' “New York” and Adams’s own campaign theme song, “The Champ Is Here.” Adams visited the DeVore Dance Center during his campaign, DeVore said. Located in St. Albans, the center is in its 31st year of operation.
9:05 p.m. The NY Post is reporting there will be a VIP party for Adams starting at 10 p.m. in Manhattan (Gothamist received an email invite to this at 9 p.m.). Asked about the event, Thies, the campaign spokesman, said he was unaware of the VIP party at Zero Bond Street. Asked if it was organized by someone outside the campaign, he shrugged. “Eric will be speaking here at 10 p.m.,” he reiterated.
Update: Adams left shortly after his speech at the Marriott to attend the VIP afterparty:
Team Sliwa Is At A Steakhouse In Midtown
7:45 p.m. Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa is expected to arrive at Empire Steakhouse in Midtown just before polls close, according to his campaign spokesperson. Early arrivals at the event included diehard supporters, donors, volunteers, and fellow Guardian Angels wearing red berets. This is Sliwa’s last stop of the evening, capping a packed day of last-minute campaigning. One Sliwa supporter praised the Guardian Angels founder for his emphasis on handling public safety, criticizing Eric Adams for saying he wanted to meet with suspected gang members.
9:45 p.m. Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa has conceded, pledging his support to Eric Adams, the projected winner of the race. Sliwa, however, has yet to reach out to Adams. Standing alongside his wife and family, he thanked supporters at his election night event in Midtown shortly after the AP declared Adams the winner.
Calling himself an “unorthodox candidate,” Sliwa, wearing a sling from an accident last week, said he knew the deck was stacked against him but decided to continue mounting a long shot campaign. He appeared to have no regrets running on the GOP ticket, saying it was a platform that allowed him to highlight the ongoing issues impacting the city. Rather than take aim at Adams, Sliwa targeted current Mayor Bill de Blasio for not improving conditions across the city. He told supporters, swearing on his parents grave, to “do good things to people and good things will happen to you.”
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When will we know a winner? Barring any surprises, we'll know the results tonight—there will still be outstanding absentee ballots, so the results will be unofficial, but winners will be declared.
The polls are open and New Yorkers are voting for the city's next mayor, a contest that comes down to Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, though you will find other candidates on your ballot. Also on your ballot: borough presidents, public advocate, comptroller, Manhattan and Brooklyn DAs, judges, council members, five ballot proposals, and more.
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BE PREPARED IN THE VOTING BOOTH
- You can find your polling site here (polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
- See your sample ballot here
- A Breakdown Of The Five Proposals Appearing On Your November Ballot
- Here's Your FULL Guide To NYC's 2021 Election
ELECTION DAY UPDATES FROM THE POLLS
ADAMS & SLIWA VOTE
This morning, both Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa showed up at the polls with personal items in tow—Adams brought a photo of his mother, who died in March. And Sliwa tried to bring one of his cats, Gizmo, into the polling place, which was not allowed. He was also told he could not wear his jacket, which has his name on it and could qualify as electioneering.
"Wow, the deck is really stacked,” Sliwa told reporters. “First of all, the no pet sign. I’ve never seen a no pet sign before. [Then] they tell me I have to take off the jacket... I ain’t taking this jacket off. Hell no, hell no."
In the end, Gizmo stayed outside, and Sliwa kept his jacket on; the city Board of Elections BOE has not yet responded to a question about why the jacket was allowed.
WHAT WE'RE HEARING AT THE POLLS
We're asking voters, what do you want to see the next mayor focus on?
This morning in Crown Heights, Hayley Davis told Gothamist she hopes the next mayor focuses on nutrition and fresh foods. "I'm happy to see that Eric Adams cares about food policy... I want to see that prioritized... making [healthier options] available for the public institutions especially places where they don't have a choice, like in schools and in prisons. So for me, that's a big ticket item, because public health and food effect a lot of different parts of our life."
Amos Alter, who voted on the Upper West Side this morning, said the next leader of the city has to address homelessness. "There are tremendous numbers of homeless on the street and something has to be done about that. I'm not quite sure what... I wish I knew what, but it's clearly a problem [and] we're not addressing it right."
In Ditmas Park, Evelyn Wynn said she hopes the next mayor addresses housing in the city—"You can't afford to live here hardly anymore. All my friends just about moved away. My children are moving away... they can't afford to live here with their family."
At the Bronx County Courthouse, Albert Simon, a Concourse resident who works as an electrician for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, came out to vote in hopes the next mayor will address affordability across the city. “Financially, it’s really tough to live in the city and I think rich folks should do more. I used to buy a bag of groceries for maybe $5 in the stores–A&P and sort forth–now if I go to the store it’s going to cost me like $50 to buy a bag of groceries. It is expensive. It’s too much.”
Crime was a big issue during the June primary, and another voter at the Bronx Courthouse, Maria Maria, said it was her top concern. “We have a lot of crime out there right now and we need to settle all of the crime in the Bronx. We need someone strong."
Additional reporting from Jen Chung, Jessica Gould, and Scott Heins.