At long last, New York’s Democratic mayoral primary — the city’s first experiment with ranked-choice voting — is over. Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president and a veteran of the New York Police Department, is all but certain to succeed Bill de Blasio as mayor.
Readers outside the Big Apple would be wrong to dismiss this election as having merely local significance. New York has long served as a seedbed of civic and ideological innovation; policy approaches and political movements that begin in New York — from the broken windows model of policing embraced by former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to Occupy Wall Street and the democratic socialism of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — do not stay in New York. So it’s worth paying close attention to Gotham’s political future.
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