New York Note – Primary Election, NYPD Commissioner Resigns, Teacher Contract

June 20, 2023

NYC Primary Election on Tuesday, June 27

The New York City primary elections will be held next Tuesday, June 27. All 51 members of the City Council are up for re-election, along with the District Attorneys for the Bronx, Queens, and Staten island, civil court judges, and judicial convention delegates. For more information on the races to watch, check out our memo here.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell Resigns

Keechant Sewell has resigned her position as New York City Police Commissioner. She held the position for 18 months, though it is not clear when her last day will be. Sewell was the first Black woman to lead the department. Patrick Lynch, a long-serving president of the NYPD’s largest union, also recently announced that he is stepping down. Mayor Adams praised Sewell’s service, though he has not yet named a replacement.

Teachers Union Reaches Tentative Contract

Mayor Eric Adams announced a tentative 5+ year contract with the city’s teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers. The new contract includes an expansion of remote learning opportunities for older students, along with a 3% annual wage increase in the first three years, 3.25% increase in the fourth year, and a 3.5% increase in the final year. Starting salaries for new teachers with bachelor degrees have also increased. If approved by the UFT’s membership, the agreement will apply retroactively from September 14, 2022 through November 28, 2027.


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