An Election Day Cheat Sheet to Voting – The New York Times

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It’s Tuesday. Did you vote yet?

Weather: Cool and breezy, with a chance of rain until late afternoon.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Election Day, and in effect tomorrow.

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It’s Election Day! In New York City, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On the ballot are a handful of races, plus five big questions that can change the city’s constitution. Among them: Should New York City use ranked-choice voting in future elections? Should New York create a rainy-day fund? Should civilian oversight of the police department change?

For your convenience, here is an Election Day cheat sheet. Have fun!

This city website will tell you where to vote, based on your address.

After checking in at your polling site, you’ll receive a two-page ballot. Fill in the circle by the candidate, or answer, you prefer. Then, slip the pages into a machine that reads your ballot and — poof — you’re done.

The New York City Board of Elections can explain in more detail.

Candidates for public advocate, Queens district attorney, Bronx district attorney and several judgeships are on the ballot.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a Democrat from Brooklyn, is running for re-election and facing a challenge from Councilman Joseph Borelli, a Republican from Staten Island. Among their policy differences: Mr. Williams wants to expand the office’s footprint, while Mr. Borelli wants the office shuttered.

In Queens, Melinda Katz, the borough president and a Democrat, is running for district attorney. The Republican candidate is Joe Murray, a former police officer — and a registered Democrat. Here is where they stand on various issues like prosecuting low-level marijuana offenses, using cash bail and closing Rikers.

In the Bronx, Darcel D. Clark, the district attorney and a Democrat, is running unopposed.

Here is a more detailed explanation, and here is a very short version:

  • Should New York City create ranked-choice voting?

  • Should the Civilian Complaint Review Board investigate police officers for apparently lying during board investigations?

  • Should top officials be barred from contacting former agency colleagues for two years, instead of one, after leaving public service?

  • Should the offices of public advocate and borough presidents have their funding baselined?

  • Should local community boards get to see a developer’s plans earlier in the review process when they seek exemptions to local zoning rules?

James P. O’Neill, New York City’s police commissioner, announced yesterday he would be retiring next month after three years on the job. He will be replaced by Dermot Shea, the current chief of detectives.

Mr. O’Neill began his career as a transit officer and was named commissioner in 2016.

Mr. Shea joined the department in 1991. He spearheaded the use of data analytics to drive down crime. At a news conference on Monday at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio said, “Dermot was one of the chief architects of the approach that has made New York City the safest big city in America.” — Azi Paybarah

Want more news? Check out our full coverage.

The Mini Crossword: Here is today’s puzzle.

Get ready for very cold weather this week. [New York Post]

Should there be a cap on the number of food vendors allowed in the city? [Streetsblog]

Some garbage trucks park on residential streets overnight. Two lawmakers want them to stop. [The Villager]

Join the Black Latinas Know Collective for an interactive round table at N.Y.U.’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis in Manhattan. 6 p.m. [Free]

Head to a live taping of NPR’s trivia show “Ask Me Another” at the Bell House in Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. [$20]

Artists discuss how their work is informed by their Native American heritage at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [$15]

— Julia Carmel

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

The Times’s Peter Libbey reports:

After decades of seeing its work depicted by others in TV shows and movies, the New York Police Department has begun to mine its own material for a true-crime podcast, “Break in the Case,” which debuted last week.

The project is directed by Jill Bauerle and Edward Conlon, a former detective who became a best-selling author (“Blue Blood” and “The Policewomen’s Bureau”).

[The N.Y.P.D. created a podcast about its most interesting cases.]

Mr. Conlon, who retired in 2011, returned to the Police Department last year to become director of executive communications.

He began trying to inject more storytelling into the department’s communications strategy, writing and posting on the police website long narratives like “Old Hays and His Descendants: The Legacy of the Last High Constable of New York City” and “The War at Home: Remembering Foster and Laurie.” But he found the results disappointing.

“People weren’t going to the website for long-form nonfiction,” he said. “They were going for traffic closings and Civil Service test information.”

So Mr. Conlon and his departmental collaborators — Ms. Bauerle, the executive producer of the series, and Kenzie Delaine, a producer and writer — decided to create a podcast that would be very different from one that the department had produced several years ago, which focused on distributing practical information like event announcements and street closings.

“It’s such an intimate medium,” Ms. Bauerle said. “A lot of what police officers and detectives say is filtered through other sources,” she added. “To have them telling their own stories is very powerful.”

The first season of “Break in the Case” will cover three investigations.

One of the episodes, scheduled for release in December, will focus on the efforts by detectives to identify a woman whose remains washed up along the Brooklyn waterfront in 2015. It will be titled “Monique” for the tattoo found on the victim’s leg.

It’s Tuesday — listen to something new.

Dear Diary:

I was walking from the East Village to Chelsea to meet an old friend at a bar. I had moved to the West Coast and hadn’t been home in a while.

When I was almost there, my friend called.

“We’re going to a club on Avenue A,” she said. “Meet us there instead!”

“I just came from there,” I said.

“I know,” she said. “I’m sorry, but please come.”

I walked back and waited in line at the club. Inside, I said hello and introduced myself to her friends, and then went to get a drink.

As I wove back toward them with my overpriced vodka soda, I spotted her in the corner wrapped tightly around one of the men I had just met.

Annoyed, I stepped outside. Although I don’t usually smoke, I asked a man by the door for a cigarette.

He handed me one, and then a lighter. We started to talk.

“Would you want to go out with me sometime?” he asked.

“I’m sorry,” I said, smiling and beginning to walk away. “I have a boyfriend.”

“That’s O.K.,” he called after me. “I have a boyfriend too.”

— Davita Pytowski

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