Special Election Winners Announced, Restaurants and Bars Can Remain Open Until Midnight, Mayor de Blasio Announces Several New Appointments
April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021
Last Thursday, the NYC Board of Elections announced that Eric Dinowitz was the winner of the special election to represent City Council District 11 and Oswald Feliz as the winner to lead City Council District 15. Both districts are in the Bronx, with CD 11 covering the Northwest corner of the borough, and CD15 covering the central Bronx, including the neighborhoods of Fordham, Belmont, Bedford Park, and more. These are the second and third instances in which ranked-choice voting was used to determine the winner of a NYC election, and like Brooks-Powers several weeks ago, both Dinowitz and Feliz led their respective races on Election Night. Dinowitz declared victory after six rounds of ranked-choice counting, and Feliz declared after ten rounds. Dinowitz will replace former Council Member Andy Cohen, and Felix will replace former Council Member Ritchie Torres.
Last Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced restaurants and bars will now be allowed to remain open until midnight beginning today, April 19th. In addition, catered events will be allowed to continue until 1am. This is a continuation of the Governor’s recent announcements loosing restrictions on business operations in the State, including recently announcing the reopening of horse and auto races beginning April 22nd. The Governor has also recently announced public events taking place this summer including an Air Show at Jones Beach.
Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced several new appointments for positions throughout NYC. The Mayor appointed Keri Butler as the Executive Director of the Public Design Commission (PDC), the City’s design review agency. Butler has served as Acting Executive Director since December 2020, and has been with the Commission for 15 years. The Mayor also announced 6 new appointments to the Trust for Governors Island Board of Directors. The new appointments will join the 17-member Board to oversee the Trust’s activities in the operations and ongoing development of Governors Island. In addition to the above, de Blasio appointed 18 judges to Family, Criminal, and Civil Court, and appointed retired Justice Helen E. Freedman to the Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.
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