Supporters of nonpartisan elections say they aren't giving up their fight.
"It just wasn't in the cards this year. We didn't see a clear path to winning this. We see a clear path down the road to winning this, just not this year," said Dick Dadey of Citizens Union.
"As more and more young people sign up and become registered to vote, they are not joining parties. They are not going to join parties and as that gap widens, so does the pressure," said Lenora Fulani of the New York City Independence Party.