Good morning on this refreshing Friday.
Our extended primary season of bruising campaigns and insurgent candidates came to an end last night.
Here are the big takeaways.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo moved closer to a third term.
Mr. Cuomo fended off a challenge from Cynthia Nixon, who billed herself as an anti-establishment candidate and ran a progressive campaign. Mr. Cuomo, who ran on his record of tough gun control, legalizing gay marriage and a $ 15 minimum wage, won easily. He will take on Marcus J. Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, in the general election on Nov. 6.
A first for the attorney general.
Letitia James, the public advocate for New York City, edged three other candidates in the tight race to succeed Eric T. Schneiderman, who resigned this year after accusations that he physically abused romantic partners. Ms. James became the first black woman to win a statewide nomination in New York. She will face Keith Wofford, a lawyer, and the winner will inherit several lawsuits against President Trump.
Incumbent wins in close lieutenant governor’s race.
The incumbent Kathy Hochul held off a surprisingly spirited challenge from Jumaane D. Williams, a New York City councilman. Mr. Williams ran a progressive campaign promising to challenge whomever wins the governorship, rather than acquiescing in the largely ceremonial position. Ms. Hochul will face Julie Killian, a former councilwoman.
A defeat for the Independent Democratic Conference.
The group of state senators known as the Independent Democratic Conference, or I.D.C., who for years have collaborated with Republicans, were handed a resounding defeat. Senator Jeffrey D. Klein of the Bronx, the group’s former head, lost to Alessandra Biaggi, a lawyer and former aide to Mr. Cuomo. In the seven other contests in which I.D.C. Democrats were being challenged, five lost their contests to insurgents. The group’s losses are a sign of the strength of the progressive fervor heading into the midterm election.
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Here’s what else is happening:
Today we’re getting more fresh weather.
It’s overcast with a high of 78, and we can’t rule out the occasional sporadic drizzle.
All in all, summer is winding down beautifully: This weekend looks sunny with highs around 80.
In the News
• A retired detective and seven police officers are accused of overseeing a criminal enterprise across Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. [New York Times]
• A number of voters in the city said their names had been removed from the rolls. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son, Dante, was told he had to use a provisional ballot. [Gothamist]
• A top aide to the prime minister of Israel stepped down after Julia Salazar, a State Senate candidate, accused him of sexual assault. [New York Times]
• Remember the bees that swarmed Times Square? We tried to find out where they came from. [New York Times]
• Poverty in the city decreased for a third year in a row, according to the Census Bureau. [WNYC]
• Ten people were injured after an escalator malfunction at Stuyvesant High School. [Daily News]
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• Stay out late. It’s the final night of extended hours for the season at Governors Island. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Free]
• Shorts, features and experimental films are screened at the Coney Island Film Festival at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. Prices and times vary.
• Enjoy an evening of Afro-Dominican fusion music at Ruppert Park on the Upper East Side. 4 to 6 p.m. [Free]
• Take a look back at the history of the meme at the exhibition Two Decades of Memes at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. 6 p.m. to midnight [$ 15]
• Yankees host Blue Jays, 7:05 p.m. (WPIX). Mets at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (SNY).
• Watch “The New York Times Close Up,” featuring New York Times journalists discussing the results of the primary and what they signal for November, and other guests. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CUNY-TV.
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Sept. 19.
• Learn how to navigate using the stars at a discussion, Celestial Navigation: Science and History, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center. 4:30 p.m. [$ 8]
• Take a cooking class in traditional Bengali cuisine at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Little Neck, Queens. 7 p.m. [$ 31]
• Dance the night away at the Quiet Clubbing Festival at the Coney Art Walls in Coney Island, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. to midnight. [Tickets start at $ 10] …
• Yankees host Blue Jays, 4:05 p.m. (YES). Mets at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (WPIX).
• Visit a new exhibition, In Confidence: Holocaust History Told by Those Who Lived It, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. [$ 12]
• Honey tasting competitions, extraction demos and a pop-up market are part of NYC Honey Fest at Beach 106th Street in Rockaway, Queens. 11 a.m. [Free]
• The author Richard Panchyk discusses his book “Hidden History of Queens,” at the Queens Historical Society in Flushing. 2:30 p.m. [$ 5]
• The author Albert Samaha presents his book “Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City,” about a football team in Brownsville, Brooklyn, at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. 6:30 p.m. [$ 5]
• Jets host Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS). Yankees host Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m. (YES). Mets at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (SNY). Giants at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
Mermaids and Dolphins in the Gowanus Canal
When the world is too much upon us,And evil is merely banal,Let’s you and I cruise the Gowanus,The Gowanus, Gowanus Canal.
Shall we ride on a fiberglass kayak,Or a rowboat, a sloop or canoe?And though neither Venice nor Nyack,Brooklyn will just have to do.
You will see how the water will shimmer,And shine with a luminous glow.You won’t even have a small glimmer,Of what’s going on down below.
Where the sewage and sludge have colluded,To bring down good people’s morale.It’s putrid and poison, polluted —That cesspool they call a canal.
But we can pretend that the bubbles,From the chemical cocktails that seethe,Are not any woes, any troubles,Only mermaids and dolphins who breathe.
When the world is too much upon us,Be my friend, be my lover, my pal.And let’s you and I cruise the Gowanus,The Gowanus, Gowanus Canal.
— Lou Craft
This week in 1992, a dead man won a primary in New York.
Ted Weiss, a 64-year-old liberal who represented the West Side of Manhattan, died of heart failure the day before the primary election.
When news of his death arrived, Democratic leaders began to “plead with voters to support a dead man rather than risk electing the fringe candidate who was Mr. Weiss’s sole rival,” wrote The Times.
(Under New York election laws, the Democratic Party was allowed to handpick his replacement — if he won.)
And before the first ballot was cast, there was a scramble to replace him.
“This is just such a bloodless business, politics,” State Senator Franz S. Leichter told The Times. “The man just died and people are asking if I am going to run.”
In the end, Mr. Weiss won the primary and five candidates, including Mr. Weiss’s widow, put their hands up for the job.
His successor was chosen during a Democratic committee meeting of more than 1,000 members, which The Times described as “a classic night of West Side politics, mixing the sound and fury of the women’s movement, environmentalism and antiwar sentiments that have defined the district for two decades with the clubhouse rough and tumble of an earlier era.”
Jerrold Nadler, a state assemblyman from the Upper West Side, was chosen to succeed Mr. Weiss and won the general election that fall.
He still holds the seat.
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