New York's Activist Left and Organized Labor Begin Choosing Their Next City Council Class

January 26, 2021 | Reposted from GothamGazette.com

With 31 members facing term-limits and with special elections slated to fill five recent vacancies, it is set to be a transformative year for the New York City Council. City politics have undergone a dynamic shift since the last class of Council members was seated after the 2017 municipal election, and activists and organized labor are hoping to take advantage of that fact in announcing their support for a new crop of Council contenders.

Almost every “open” City Council seat where no incumbent is running is home to a crowded and competitive Democratic primary. But in a number of cases, prominent groups have coalesced around the same candidate, likely giving them some edge.

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