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The Road to NYC's 2017 General Elections

The Road to NYC's 2017 General Elections

October, 2, 2017 • 4 min read

New York City’s 2017 local election primaries are over, but the race is still on! While the field has narrowed in determining the contenders for this November’s general elections, it’s important now more than ever to pay attention to the candidates and the issues at stake. Now that independent candidates are eligible for the ballot, learn more about their stances and the importance of third-party politics. MNN is bringing you a rundown of the primary results and what to look forward to in the weeks ahead leading to Election Day.

NYC Council District 6: The Top 3 Issues Facing the Upper West Side

Central Park is the heart of Manhattan, and you live right in the middle of it. A mix of affluent and working-class residents, you enjoy a high quality of life, but a decrease in small businesses due to high rents. Home to Julliard and Lincoln Center and once a haven for artists, the Upper West Side is a creative mecca, but you worry your neighborhood is losing its character. What are the top 3 issues plaguing District 6?

NYC Council District 10: The Top 3 Issues Facing Inwood and Harlem

Whether from across the George Washington or from across borders, the bridges of Washington Heights feel symbolic. Northernmost Manhattan is surrounded by miles of waterfront, and serves as a connector between New York and beyond. This is the land of small business owners who are focused on family and community, but when stagnant salaries are struggling to pay increasing rents, entrepreneurs and consumers are affected. This working class community on the edge of the island needs to feel front and center. What are the biggest problems facing District 10?

NYC Council District 8: The Top 3 Issues Facing East Harlem and South Bronx

The neighborhoods surrounding East Harlem are some of the most diverse in the city, and you live in one of the city’s last holdouts for gentrification. You celebrate the unity of your community with block parties and festivals, and you value knowing your neighbors. But despite this, the community suffers from lack of job opportunities and inadequate housing for working class families. You feel the neighborhood you built is evolving without you. What are the greatest issues surrounding District 8?

NYC Council District 7: The Top 3 Issues Facing Harlem and the Heights

You love the architecture of Columbia University and the surrounding buildings because it gives your neighborhood an unexpected Gothic feel. The mix of residents and business owners is a tale of the haves and the have-nots. While a hub for scholars, many of this community’s inhabitants feel affording the rent is impossible. More skyrises go up while more small businesses close down. A balance is needed to bridge this equality gap. What are some of the biggest issues facing District 7?