A Shtetl Guide to This Year’s New York City Council Races

This year voters in each of the 51 New York City Council districts will get to decide who to elect to represent them.

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Mar 23, 2023 9:25 AM


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There may not be a presidential or gubernatorial race this year, but 2023 will be a busy election year in New York City. This year, thanks to redistricting resulting from the demographic shifts found in the 2020 census, voters in each of the 51 City Council districts will get to decide who to elect to represent them.

Presiding over a roughly $100 billion budget, the New York City Council, along with the mayor, manages a budget larger than that of many countries. It also conducts oversight on city agencies, such as the police and sanitation departments.

For years, Haredi leaders have played an active role in city elections and cultivated strong ties with council members. In addition to using its discretionary funding to support programs and institutions in the Haredi community, the council also plays a critical role in fighting hate crimes, influencing policies directly affecting yeshivas, and making decisions around land use, zoning, and affordable housing in the community.

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Shtetl has researched all the candidates currently registered with the city’s Campaign Finance Board to run for the City Council in districts with sizable Haredi populations. Below, you can find the maps of the districts. You’ll also find the bios of the candidates detailing some of their major priorities, past accomplishments, and controversies, especially as they relate to Haredi communities.

The primary election is on June 27, and the last day to register to vote in that race is June 17. The general election is on Nov. 7. You can use this tool to see whether you are already registered to vote; if not, you can register here.

The interactive map below reflects the new district boundaries adopted in 2023. Click on it for more information.

Source: NYC City Council

This article is the first in a series of articles covering the City Council election. In the coming months, Shtetl hopes to survey candidates on the issues that are most important to Haredi readers. What questions do you think we should ask the candidates? Let us know here.

If there’s anything else you think we should know about any of the candidates, email Lauren Hakimi at lhakimi@shtetl.org.

Lauren Hakimi is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Forward, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, New York Jewish Week, WNYC/Gothamist and more. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with degrees in history and English literature. Hailing from an Iranian Jewish community on Long Island, she looks forward to shining a light on stories that matter to the Jewish community. Follow her on Twitter @lauren_hakimi.