Up Close: New York City Primaries

September 9, 2013 6:45:26 AM PDT
After months of handshaking, countless debates and name calling, candidates in the race for New York City Mayor leave it all up to the voters to decide.

This week, we offer a voters guide on the big races for Tuesday's primary, from who's running, to changes at the voting booth.

We're joined by a veteran politician who was the city's first Public Advocate, and back in 2001 he ran and lost the race for mayor against Michael Bloomberg. He then lost to Bill de Blasio in another race for Public Advocate.

He is Mark Green, who hosts a national radio show, writes and edits books, and always has his eye on New York City politics.

Also with us, Ben Max, who created a web site called DecideNYC.com, http://www.decidenyc.com/, where you can get a quick review of issues and candidates in citywide contests, as well as all 51 council races.

And Michael Ryan, the executive director for New York City's Board of Elections, will discuss the old lever machines that will be used in the primaries due to concerns the newer machines would not be able to deal with the quick turnaround necessary if there is a runoff election on October 1.

Polls open in New York City's five boroughs at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 9:00 p.m. You can find polling location and other information by visiting New York City's Board of Elections website.

Eyewitness News will have special coverage of the New York City primary results beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Channel 7, 7online and our news apps.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.