How NYC messed up its mayoral election

6/23/2021 5:30:00 AM

Ranked choice voting isn’t complicated — but you’d never know it from New York City’s mayoral race. POLITICO Nightly has the details 👇

to Midtown. With office workers a key to New York City’s pandemic recovery, Nightly’s Renuka Rayasam asked a group of experts: What, if anything, should be done to get them to return to Manhattan? These answers have been edited.“Younger office workers don’t really want free tacos (although do keep those free tacos coming), they want respect and attention. We often say that the office is for surveillance. That’s of course true but also, for many Manhattan workers whose work takes place on computers, the office is a place where they are mostly ignored and also where they need to further isolate themselves, wrapping themselves up in office blankets and noise-canceling headphones to do work. They can stay home for that! Respecting workers’ in-office time with scheduled group attendance, meetings clustered in the course of a single day instead of over a week, public calendars across the hierarchy, at-will office hours with management and bosses and more transparency about larger group projects will bring people to work — at least a couple days a week. Less management chaos and secrecy makes the office more worth attending. Also, obviously, ban cars in Manhattan and make the buses and subways free to all.”

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—Choire Sicha, incoming editor-at-large, New York magazine“For starters, people could lean on Albany to fix the MTA. Those of us who don’t have cars have enjoyed not having unreliable overly long subway commutes for distances of less than 10 miles during the pandemic and were pretty happy to get two hours of our day back. New York City can’t have a world-class economy without a world-class, accessible public transportation system. It’s vital infrastructure.”

—Elizabeth Spiers, founder of political consulting firm The Insurrection and former New York Observer editor in chief“People are going to return to the office. Just not as many. If 20 to 25 percent of people work remote, that’s a big hit to the economies of NY’s central business districts. But it’s not the office building, it’s not the elevators that are holding people; it’s the commute. The big factor here is people’s fear of trains in transit, and their general dislike of long commutes. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to remake these 9 to 5 mainly work neighborhoods into much better complete communities where people live as well as work. Time to start is now.”

—Richard Florida, professor at University of Toronto's School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and distinguished fellow at NYU's Schack School of Real Estate“Nothing! Midtown Manhattan is one of the most expensive office markets in the world, so if there’s a structural fall in demand for office space those buildings will eventually fill up one way or another as companies who want in-person work suddenly find they don’t need to resort to Hoboken or White Plains to make it affordable. It’s every other city’s central business district that should worry.”

—Matthew Yglesias, writer and editor, Slow Boring“Workers will come back to Midtown Manhattan with or without any intervention by policymakers. If policymakers do decide to take active steps to help workers return then they will just benefit Midtown landlords leading to higher rents and building values. Physical proximity still has a lot to offer and almost no working location is more desirable than Midtown Manhattan.

“Even if the pandemic led to a large realignment in how we work, the result would not be persistently empty buildings in Manhattan but lower rents and property values — with rents falling until they reach the point that they are sufficiently low to attract companies back from the suburbs they were previously fleeing to. If New York City takes steps to make it more attractive for employees to return to Midtown Manhattan that would mean that landlords would not need to lower rents as much to attract them back.”

—Jason Furman, Harvard professor of practice of economic policy; chair of former President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers“The idea of luring people back to a particular place, particularly one so saturated, it’s just not clear to me that it needs to be at the top of anyone’s priorities.”

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—Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist at the University of Michigan and former member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers“The main thing I’m skeptical of is that WFH will stay indefinitely. A year ago I would’ve said, it’s definitely temporary, having talked to a bunch of American white-collar workers about it in a variety of professions. Right now I’m uncertain, due to long-term changes in behavior among workers, many of whom prefer WFH, but companies are trying to get the workers back to the office. Singapore was almost entirely back until it had another outbreak, and Frankfurt is mostly back. New York and San Francisco are taking longer because people there have a once-bitten-twice-shy attitude, the same way they keep masking even outdoors, even if vaccinated, but they’re slowly getting back.”

—Alon Levy, NYU Marron Institute fellow“To bring employees back to the office in a more balanced way, policies should address several key areas. First, power of place. Employers must focus their return plans on the formal and informal activities that benefit from co-location. Sometimes those benefits will be external to the individual employee, with the gains from a mentor or team leader’s presence accruing to others.

“Second, health and well-being. Examples of policies in this area include staggered start and end times and workdays, mitigating perceived risks from congestion in public transportation and supportive of child and elder care responsibilities. Technology-enhanced building investments, such as pooled waste testing, will also have a role.

“Third, competitive places. New York City works because the tremendous value of locating here exceeds the very high costs. Private firms should engage actively with government to ensure the balance remains favorable, so we remain competitive in attracting innovative businesses and a talented workforce. The pressure on state and local public finance, and the prospect of higher taxes on

our most mobile economic agents, threatens to undermine that competitiveness.”—, Larry & Klara Silverstein chair and academic dean of the NYU SPS Schack Institute; founder and non-executive chair of Chandan Economics Read more: POLITICO »

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EXPLAINER: Ranked choice voting gets big test in NYCVoters in New York City’s mayoral primary will list candidates in order of preference in a high-profile test for ranked choice voting. The system is more complex than the traditional election process, meaning it could take longer to get results. In 2021 saying 'it could take longer to get results' from something we can build a software for to literally process in minutes is hilarious. But then again majority of state and federal agencies still use shit like COBOL still. good luck Ranked choice voting will save our democracy

5 things to watch in NYC mayoral race as ranked-choice voting makes primary debutFor the first time, voters will have the option to select as many as five of the eight Democratic mayoral candidates in order of preference. Complicate voting. That works. Look at their track record before you vote and ask yourself what in it for me How is this fair? U select one candidate and the acts it

It’s primary day — Ranked-choice drama escalates — Trump sues NYC

NYC Mayor’s Race: Ranked-Choice Voting Explained, With BagelsNew York City’s primaries are the largest U.S. election to use ranked-choice voting. How does the process work? We explain the ballot—using bagels. What the hell is on that middle bagel? Is that Andrew Yang? China 🇨🇳 producing more millionaires, than America 🇺🇸. 1 so called %, can't stop a billion people work force. Cheap labor more difficult.

Kornacki shows how ranked-choice voting will determine NYC mayoral nominee'The first thing they do is they tabulate everybody's first choice ... Whichever candidate comes in last place there gets eliminated,' stevekornacki shows how ranked-choice voting works in the New York City Mayor's race in a hypothetical ballot. SteveKornacki Ranked choice seems like such a nightmare to count and calculate, perhaps thats the point tho? Re-counts would be near impossible. SteveKornacki Republicans try to restrict access to voting… …Democrats try to make it so complex you need an a PhD in calculus. SteveKornacki Yea Steve!

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