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“We’re very pleased by the amount we raised in just two months, with most of it coming in the final week,” Sutton policy adviser Wendell Jamieson said. “We’re also excited by how New Yorkers from all walks of life are supporting Gen. Sutton, even in modest amounts, and who see in her a path to a better-run city.”

A former de Blasio administration official is collecting the largest checks in the 2021 race for mayor as contenders emphasize small contributions.

Mayor de Blasio’s former veterans commissioner Gen. Loree Sutton raised 201 contributions for an average donation size of $565 — the highest of top candidates, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Board. …

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Underdog mayoral candidate Loree Sutton has raked in $113,000 in donations just two months after launching her 2021 campaign — from a colorful cast of contributors including Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.

The retired Army brigadier general’s fundraising buried the $94,000 raised over six months by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who hails from a political dynasty and held his first elected position 23 years ago.

“Boy, she out-raised Ruben Diaz?!” gasped Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College upon seeing the figures.

The 60-year-old moderate Democrat served as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first Veterans Services Commissioner but has criticized his ThriveNYC program for not doing enough to help the city’s mentally ill. …

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“Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?” The New York Times posed that question in a headline the morning after Ocasio-Cortez knocked out longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in a stunning primary victory. For Times readers, it was a good question — she had been mentioned only in passing in New York City’s supposed paper of record.

Before her win, her name had appeared fewer than a handful of times, according to metro deputy editor Dean Chang. In one article, about female candidates who “didn’t play it safe,” she was the lead example, but appeared nowhere else in the story. A second story featured four Democratic insurgents in New York City, with significantly more discussion about two other long-shot 2018 congressional candidates, Suraj Patel and Adem Bunkeddeko. …


Wendell Jamieson

Wendell Jamieson is the author of “New York By New York,” from Assouline. Former Editors of NYT, NY Post, Daily News. Wendell Jamieson | Lifelong New Yorker.