Last-Minute New York City Voters' Guide

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We know you've been busy. Don't worry -- we've got your TLDR (too late, didn't research) voting guide right here. Click through for more information on any candidate or issue. But first, find your polling place.

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Chirlane McCray Describes Bloomberg Snub

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When Michael Bloomberg took office as mayor 12 years ago, he inherited a ban on cellphones and pagers in New York public schools. During his tenure, Bloomberg strengthened and defended that ban. He called phones unnecessary distractions and warned they might be used for pornography. (No one tell him about computers, OK?)

Bloomberg likes the ban, but apparently, he doesn't like talking about it. In an interview with New York magazine, Chirlane McCray describes how Bloomberg turned his back on her when she broached the subject during an event at Gracie Mansion.

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11 Unanswered Questions From Bill de Blasio's Reddit AMA (and 10 Answered Ones)

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In his first Reddit AMA on Tuesday afternoon, Bill de Blasio bashed Bloomberg and "Manhattan foodies," deflected a question about Airbnb, and explained how he would have handled Occupy Wall Street.

Among the other revelations to come out of the two-hour Q&A? De Blasio loves Di Fara Pizzeria in Midwood, he's a big fan of Pope Francis, he won't ever bike to work, and his son, Dante, "does not leave the house in the morning without carefully using his pick to strike a perfect geometric balance. "

But there were far more questions left unanswered on Tuesday than not.

Here are 11 questions de Blasio didn't touch:

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Rent Is Too Damn High Candidate Jimmy McMillan Drops New Music Video, "Debate"

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The first mayoral debate of the general election is scheduled for late October, but independent candidate Jimmy McMillan is ready now.

In a new music video, "Debate," McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High party says there is only one issue worth talking about.

"You got to have a roof over your head. Money in your pocket. Did you hear what I said?," McMillan raps. "You're working all day, working all night, giving all your hard-earned money to the landlord, that ain't right."

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Grading Anthony Weiner's Audition As A TV Pundit

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Anthony Weiner went on NY1's Road To City Hall Tuesday night, where the former mayoral candidate sat alongside Mark Green, former public advocate, and Alfonse D'Amato, former senator, for the show's political analysis segment, "WiseGuys."

We'll say this: it went a lot better than his appearance on MSNBC. How much better, you ask? We kept score.

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Bill de Blasio Responds to Jon Stewart's Adoption Plea: "We'd Be Honored"

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When the election night broadcast cut to Bill de Blasio's victory party late Tuesday, some watching from home had the chance to see what could very well be the next first family of New York City in action for the first time.

Daily Show host Jon Stewart, for one, was smitten.


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Christine Quinn Won Four Percent of Votes in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

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In East New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got 3.7 percent of the vote. In Brownsville, 3.3 percent. In South Jamaica, 3.2 percent. In Canarsie, 2.7 percent. In East Flatbush, 1.6 percent.

In all, four percent of voters in majority-black neighborhoods chose Quinn for mayor in Tuesday's Democratic primary, according to election data gathered by the New York Times. That was the fifth lowest total, behind even John Liu and Anthony Weiner. In neighborhoods that are three-quarters or more black--mostly in central Brooklyn and southeast Queens--Quinn took 2.7 percent of the vote.

Not a good look in a city that is more than a quarter black.

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Election Night At Brownsville's Betsy Head Park

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The parents sat along the long green benches at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, watching their sons' Pop Warner football practice. Some discussed the kids' game on Sunday--that fumble at the end of the second half changed everything! Some flipped through newspapers. Some munched on sour candy.

Then came a loud noise from the street. It was mumbled and static-y, as if from an AM station just out of range. Heads turned to see a black van with a speaker on the roof slowly cruising by.

Somethingsomethingsomething vote for suchandsuch! Somethingsomethingsomething vote for suchandsuch!

A woman in a white shirt turned toward the older lady next to her.

"If we could understand it, that would be nice," she said with a grin.

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In Concession Speech, Spitzer Suggests He Won't Seek Public Office Again

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By 11pm, Eliot Spitzer was ready to throw in the towel. At the time, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer had 51.7% of the vote, with 82% of precincts reporting.

Spritzer took the podium, and addressed the cameras and the crowd.

"I called Scott Stringer, congratulated him on his victory tonight, and wish him well as we go forward in his position as comptroller," the former governor told supporters. (Stringer, in his own acceptance speech, said it was a "very gracious call.") He added,"I presume and expect him to win this November."

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With Daniel Squadron and Letitia James Neck and Neck, Runoff Looks Likely In Public Advocate Race

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One of this year's mostly under-covered races also looks to be one of the closest: Public Advocate candidates Daniel Squadron and Letitia James are headed for a runoff. With 79 percent of precincts reporting, the two look to be virtually tied, with James at 35% and Squadron at 33.3, according to election results from the Associated Press.

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