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What will NYC’s mayor-in-waiting do with six months from election to office?

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14.06.2021

Gotham’s 10 days of voting for mayor started on Saturday. Even in a close race, we will know the winner by early July. Which raises a strange question in these strange times: What is the mayor-in-waiting supposed to do for a full six months, until inauguration on Jan. 1?

The June primary is an oddity. For 44 years, New York has selected its Democratic mayoral candidate in September.

In September 1977, New Yorkers chose comparative moderates Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo out of a field that, up until this year’s race, at least, was the most eclectic ever. Left-wing Rep. Bella Abzug, Bronx Rep. and Puerto Rican trailblazer Herman Badillo and civil-rights activist and Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton were among the losers.

If that race had been held in June instead of September, it might have had a different outcome. Koch was the tough-on-crime candidate who crested, really, after the July 1977 blackout and attendant looting scared New Yorkers into hard-headedness.

Why the sudden switch to June now? In 2012, New York lost a federal lawsuit over its equally long-standing September primary date........

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