The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) has issued public funds payments totaling $75,713 for two candidates in the special election for City Council District 9 in Harlem. This election will be held on Tuesday, February 14. Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

The CFB has authorized public funds payments to the following candidates:


City Council District 9
Larry Blackmon   $38,942
Todd Stevens $36,771

New York City’s matching funds program provides public funds to participating candidates at a rate of $6-to-$1 for contributions from City residents. For special elections the match applies to the first $175 contributed, for a maximum of $1,050 in public funds per contributor. The low-dollar match encourages candidates to raise small contributions from New Yorkers living in the neighborhoods they hope to represent, instead of relying on large contributions from special interests. For more information on the impact of the matching funds program, read the CFB's report, "By the People: The New York City Campaign Finance Program in the 2013 Elections." 

Candidates choosing to participate in the matching funds program agree to abide by strict spending limits. To receive public funds payments, participating candidates must satisfy all eligibility requirements including a two-part fundraising threshold.