New York City Council 2023 Voter Guide

We are pleased to provide this guide to help all New Yorkers decide who to vote for in the upcoming city-wide elections. Early voting has started, and election day is November 7, 2023. Please be sure to vote! Last election cycle, less than 25% of registered NYC voters showed up to vote. 

To learn more about where to vote and exactly who is on the ballot in your district, please start by going to the city’s voting website and entering your address. The result will include a button (as below) which links to the actual ballot for your district.

Use our guide to determine if your council member affiliations are favorable to you and view your ballot to take note of any challengers to research further.

One City Rising (OCR) launched only a short time ago and is therefore not going to endorse specific candidates in this election cycle. Time does not permit us to analyze the candidates’ platforms or where they stand on specific issues, but in future years we will have a full membership endorsement process. Our goal this year is to provide details on affiliations and endorsements as this is a good indicator of where the candidates stand on the ideological spectrum.

2023 NYC Council Incumbent Affiliations

To search this table, enter a search term, sort by column by clicking on the arrow or simply scroll.

If you’re not sure of your district, you can identify it via the City’s official website.

Column descriptions:

Dist – City Council District
Current Member – Name of incumbent
Borough – District Borough
DSA/WFP – “yes” = endorsed by the Working Families Party (WFP) or otherwise affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
PSC – “yes” = endorsed by the far left CUNY teacher’s union, Professional Staff Congress.
Prog Cauc – “yes” = member of the radically left progressive caucus of NY CIty Council.
St PAC – “yes” = endorsed by the oppressively pro-bike, anti-pedestrian Streets PAC. “no” = support of incumbent challenger.
EBike – indicates whether member supports or opposes proposed legislation to regulate Ebikes.
Neighborhood – Major neighborhoods in district.

wdt_ID Dist Current Member Borough Party Prog Cauc WFP PSC str pac Ebike neighborhood
52 1 Christopher Marte Manhattan Democrat yes x yes yes no Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa & Washington Square
53 2 Carlina Rivera Manhattan Democrat yes yes yes yes no East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Rose Hill
54 3 Erik Bottcher Manhattan Democrat x x yes yes Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, West SoHo, Hudson Square, Times Square, Garment District, Flatiron, Upper West Side
55 4 Keith Powers Manhattan Democrat x x yes yes yes Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place
56 5 Julie Menin Manhattan Democrat x x x x yes Upper East Side's Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem
57 6 Gale A. Brewer Manhattan Democrat x x yes x no Central Park, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Clinton
58 7 Shaun Abreu Manhattan Democrat x x x x no Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights
59 8 Diana Ayala Manhattan/Bronx Democrat x x yes x no El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris
60 9 Kristin Richardson Jordan Manhattan Democrat x x x x n/a Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side, East Harlem
61 10 Carmen De La Rosa Manhattan Democrat yes yes yes x n/a Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill
Dist Current Member Borough Party Prog Cauc WFP PSC str pac Ebike neighborhood

The issues of critical importance for OCR are centered around improving the Quality of Life for all New Yorkers:

    • public safety: full funding for law enforcement, increase officer count, and fix bail laws

    • addressing rising homelessness

    • improve education outcomes

    • address transportation issues

    • mental health reform: funding for more beds and practitioners

    • reduce open-air drug use: specifically reduce hypodermic and crack use

    • help small businesses thrive

    • a responsible response to the influx of migrants

    • government reforms: including open primaries to franchise independent voters, address corruption and conflicts of interest, and improve oversight of service providers

If your concerns align with OCR, you should seek out candidates who focus on solutions to these problems and list them as priorities.

OCR is non-partisan and was created for New York City residents who want a government that does not divide New Yorkers, but rather brings us together to find common sense solutions to our most vexing problems. If you live in a district with a contested race, you can use this guide to see if any of the candidates running in your district are affiliated with or accepted endorsements from organizations that do not align with your values and vote accordingly.

Candidates Affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) or Endorsed by the Working Families Party (WFP) 

The NYC Democratic Socialists of America is a radical political organization with an outsized influence on politics. Its social media presence, organizing skills and ability to turn out voters have given them a strong foothold in NYC.

Their approach is ideological—and the core issues listed on their website include: 1) Defund the police ‘by rejecting any expansion to police budgets or scope of enforcement while cutting budgets annually towards zero,’ 2) Releasing all incarcerated people from involuntary confinement 3) Close all jails 4) Maintaining an open border and providing migrants housing and full city services upon arrival. 5) End ALL pre-trial detention and abolish electronic monitoring.

Most recently, DSA was in the news for promoting a pro-Palestine rally in Times Square on October 8, 2023, one day after the Hamas terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. Hamas is a known terrorist organization that currently governs the Gaza Strip.

NY Working Families Party (WFP) is a political party closely aligned with the ideology of the DSA. These two organizations work closely together to elect candidates to city, state, and federal government level positions, and when they are elected, the candidates are expected to conform to their platform and vote as a block. You can read more here about close relationship between the DSA and the WFP.

Important issues in 2023:  

E-bike Regulation

Amid fires and accidents E-bike regulation has been a hot topic in New York City.  Some of these bikes can go up to 28MPH. Recently, Council Member Bob Holden introduced legislation to require licenses and registration of all e-bikes. We have noted which Council Members have signed onto this bill and which have not. Challengers are not included and noted as not applicable because they cannot sponsor legislation.

Migrants and Asylum Seekers

NY State and NYC have spent in excess of $2 billion this year on housing and services for the 130k migrants and asylum seekers who have arrived in NYC, with estimates as high as $12 billion over three years. The arrival of migrants and asylum seekers has put a strain on city services including housing, schools, police, social and mental health services and parks. Responsible immigration reform is needed.

If you would like information on where a specific candidate stands on this issue, please contact us and we can provide you with additional details. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Our goal is to be a resource for New Yorkers to educate them on the issues, legislation impact, and push for leaders to become more centered around ideals that are inclusive of all New Yorkers and puts the needs of constituents first. The first step to forcing our leaders to do so is to show up and vote

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