Last-Minute New York City Voters’ Guide


We know you’ve been busy. Don’t worry — we’ve got your TLDR (too late, didn’t research) voting guide right here. Click through for more information on any candidate or issue. But first, find your polling place.


Bill de Blasio (Democratic Party, Working Families Party)
Public advocate; committed to addressing economic inequality; son has an afro.

Joe Lhota (Republican Party, Conservative Party, Taxes 2 High Party, Students First Party)
Former head of the MTA; onetime right-hand man to Rudy Giuliani; would have let subway kittens die.

Adolfo Carrion Jr. (Independence Party)
Former Bronx borough president; would be New York’s first Latino mayor.

Anthony Gronowicz (Green Party)
CUNY professor; wants New York City to divest from fossil fuels.

Jack Hidary (Jobs & Education Party, Common Sense Party)
Serial tech entrepreneur, chairman and CEO of

Michael Sanchez (Libertarian Party)
Ran for Brooklyn borough president — on a platform to eliminate the position.

Daniel B. Fein (Socialist Worker Party)
Factory worker; has billed himself as “a candidate for workers of the world.”

Joseph Melaragno (Affordable Tmrw Party)
Former Googler, now at AOL.

Carl E. Person (Reform Party)
Foreclosure attorney; wants to offer one year of job training to all New Yorkers.

Jimmy McMillan (Rent Is 2 Damn High Party)
Thinks the rent is too damn high; is in talks to develop a reality TV show tentatively titled Jimmy McMillan Is Looking for a Girlfriend.

Randy Credico (Tax Wall Street Party)
Political satirist.

Erick J. Salgado (School Choice Party)
Brooklyn pastor; anti-gay marriage, pro-charter schools.

Sam Sloan (War Veterans Party)
Chess player; wants to keep circumcision legal.

Michael K. Greys (Freedom Party)
Co-founder of “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement.”

Michael J. Dilger (Flourish Party)
Founder of the “Flourish Every Person Can Shine Like the Sun” party.

Public Advocate

Letitia James (Democratic Party, Working Families Party)
City Council member representing Brooklyn’s 35th District; strong labor union ties.

James Lane (Green Party)
Focused on adoptee rights and electoral reform.

Deborah O. Liatos (Socialist Worker Party)
Would champion “a massive government-funded public works program” to provide jobs and build affordable housing.

Robert Maresca (Conservative Party)
Alex Merced (Libertarian Party)
Mollena G. Fabricant (Students First Party)
Irene Estrada (War Veterans Party)
Michael K. Lloyd (Freedom Party)

City Comptroller

Scott M. Stringer (Democratic Party, Working Families Party)
Manhattan borough president; not Eliot Spitzer.

John L. Burnett (Republican Party, Conservative Party)
Advisory board member at White Wolf Capital; concerned about the pension system.

Julia Willebrand (Green Party)
Activist bookeeper; would reform pension system, end corporate subsidies, divest from coal.

Hesham El-Meligy (Libertarian Party)
John W. Studer (Socialist Worker Party)
John L. Burnett (School Choice Party)
Richard Bozulich (War Veterans Party)

Proposal Number 1, an Amendment: Authorizing Casino Gaming

Most forms of gambling are illegal in New York — except the lotto, horse racing, bingo, and games of chance. This proposal would amend the state constitution to legalize gambling, but limit the total number of casinos statewide to just seven.

Proposal Number 2, an Amendment: Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post Appointment

Veterans who take the civil service exam are eligible for 5 extra points the first time they take the test, and 10 extra points if they are disabled. This proposal would make it easier for disabled veterans to get extra credit points if they are certified disabled after they take the test for the first time.

Proposal Number 3, an Amendment: Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities

This proposal would allow towns, cities, and counties to dispose of their waste without fear of exceeding their debt limit. Legislation excluding “sewer debt” from debt limits was first enacted in 1963, but only for a certain number of years. This proposal would extend the practice through 2024.

Proposal Number 4, an Amendment: Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve

This proposal would settle a number of land disputes that have persisted for more than a hundred years in Hamilton County. If passed, the state would relinquish its old claim on land in exchange for new forest land to be added to Adirondack Park.

Proposal Number 5, an Amendment: In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals, Inc.

This proposal would give 200 acres of Adirondack Park land, and permission to mine that land, to the private mining company NYCO minerals with the understanding that NYCO would give the same amount of land to a forest preserve, and would also restore and return the 200 acres to the state upon completion of mining.

Proposal Number 6, an Amendment: Increasing Age until which Certain Judges Can Serve

Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges are now required to retire at age 70; this proposal would extend the age of mandatory retirement to 80.