NYC Mayor Race Shows City at Odds Over How to Mount Comeback

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    When New York City mayoral hopefuls declared their candidacies last year, the U.S.’s most populous city was crippled by coronavirus restrictions and a bleak economy. But the race was turned on its head when vaccines arrived, Covid rates plummeted and New Yorkers grappled with an uncharted, uncertain reopening.

    On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots in a primary election that’s far more focused on the basics of governing and quality of life than the ideological battles over inequality that got term-limited Bill de Blasio elected mayor in 2013.

    Three out of the four leading candidates in recent opinion polls for the Democratic primary have cast themselves as non-ideological leaders who would put crime, grime and the economy above major reforms: Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams, former city Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and former presidential contender Andrew Yang.

    Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley, whose endorsements from progressive politicians like New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vaulted her to the top of some polls, has vowed to fight inequality and cut police funding — an echo of themes her former boss de Blasio raised to capture City Hall. But her campaign hasn’t defined itself with a signature policy as de Blasio did, promoting universal pre-kindergarten and ending stop-and-frisk.

    “This mayor’s race will be won by the candidate who the voters think can actually run this city and get us out of the post-pandemic hole,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the city’s largest teachers union, which endorsed city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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