Polls open early Tuesday to pick next New York City mayor

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The polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday for New Yorkers to choose the city’s next mayor — with The Post’s pick, Eric Adams, going in as clear favorite.

While voters will get to decide on several major races, all eyes are on who will replace lame-duck Bill de Blasio in City Hall.

Moderate Democrat Adams, 61, has long been the favorite, thanks to the ex-cop’s campaign promising to be tough on crime. Early polls had him going in with a 40-point lead over Republican rival Curtis Sliwa.

“Rise and shine, New York City,” Adams tweeted along with emojis of the sun and a coffee cup.

“It’s Election Day, and the polls are officially OPEN!” said the hopeful, who would become the city’s second black mayor.

The previous evening, he promised, “From City Hall Park to the Lower East Side to Washington Heights to Harlem, change is coming.”

Guardian Angels founder Sliwa, 67, also reminded his supporters to turn out to vote, while acknowledging he was not the expected winner.

Republican candidate for New York City Mayor Curtis Sliwa campaigns with former New York Governor George Pataki on a float traveling through midtown in Manhattan.
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“Get to it NYC, let’s shock the world tonight!” he tweeted.

Nearly 170,000 New Yorkers have already cast ballots during early voting — and thousands more are expected to vote by absentee as well.

As well as picking the next mayor, New Yorkers will formalize many largely decided City Council races, and also vote on five amendments to the state constitution to pave the way for election and environmental reforms.

A voter walks with her ballot during early voting in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. October 25, 2021.
A voter walks with her ballot during early voting in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. October 25, 2021.
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