‘It Was a Fight Worth Having’: Lhota Concedes the Mayor’s Race to de Blasio

Joe Lhota gives his concession speech next to his family.
Joe Lhota gives his concession speech next to his family.

After one of the most tumultuous election cycles in New York City history, Joe Lhota took the stage tonight to concede the mayor’s race to Democrat Bill de Blasio, who will be the city’s next mayor after 12 years of Michael Bloomberg leading City Hall. Continue reading “‘It Was a Fight Worth Having’: Lhota Concedes the Mayor’s Race to de Blasio”

‘It’s Been a Very, Very Long Journey’: A Jubilant de Blasio Casts His Vote

New York City Mayoral Candidate Bill De Blasio Casts His Vote
Bill de Blasio and his family hold a media availability after voting. (Photo: Getty)

An elated Bill de Blasio was in celebration mode as he voted this morning, kicking off the final day of a mayor’s race he is widely expected to win when the polls close tonight.

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Emotions Run High as Christine Quinn Makes Her Final Pitch

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Christine Quinn embraced Violet Bennett, who broke into tears when she spotted Ms. Quinn.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made her final pitch to voters this afternoon as the former front-runner faces the once unfathomable prospect of not even making it into the expected runoff election.

Traveling through the Bronx and across the Upper West Side, Mr. Quinn urged supporters to get to the polls, offered thankful “yay!”s and hugs to those who’d already voted, and experienced what she described as the best moment of the entire campaign trail.

Ms. Quinn was standing on the corner of West 97th Street and Columbus Avenue when 12-year-old Victoria Bennett recognized the speaker while walking home from school.

“Wait–is that Christine Quinn?!” she shouted, stopping in her tracks. “Oh my God!” she shrieked, overjoyed and bursting into tears. “Oh my God!”

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Christine Quinn with Violet and Kathryn Bennett.

Ms. Quinn quickly rushed over to the little girl, embracing her in a giant hug.

“What’s your name she asked? … That’s a beautiful name.”

Barely able to speak after the encounter, the sobbing girl and her twin sister, Kathryn, explained that they’d seen Ms. Quinn on TV. “I watch the news a lot,” she said. “I just can’t believe it’s her.”

The encounter left an impression on both Ms. Quinn and her wife, Kim Catullo, who had joined her wife on the trail.

“Just wow,” said Ms. Catullo, marveling after the exchange. She said that moments like that helped Ms. Quinn deal with the more stressful aspects of the race. “She’s so strong. I have no idea how she’s doing it. But she’s driven by the folks who come to her like that little girl.”

Still, the tone among supporters was undeniably concerned about Ms. Quinn’s overall status in the race.

“Hoping for the best,” said one supporter outside a Fairway grocery store farther south.

“I think you’ll do a great job,” offered another, “if you get in.”

“We’ll see what happens,” said Joe Olshefski, 60, a supporter who lives on the Upper West Side.

But Ms. Quinn downplayed their tone.

“I think anybody on Primary Day or Election Day is concerned about their candidate,” she explained to the three reporters covering the stop–where front-runner Bill de Blasio yesterday was mobbed by a gaggle of fans and reporters so large shoppers couldn’t walk passed. “You don’t want supporters who aren’t concerned about your future, right? You want people to be invested in whether or not you’re going to right.”

The same, she said earlier, applied to herself.

“If you’re not nervous on game day, you’re not really in it,” she said, stressing she felt “very confident” she’d made it to the expected runoff.

Other voters concurred with Ms. Quinn’s confidence.

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Christine Quinn on the campaign trail.

“I love Christine! I love her policies. I love everything about her,” said Geraldine Woods, 47, who had just come from casting her ballot for Ms. Quinn. “She’s got it!”

But regardless of what happens, Ms. Catullo, who has been described as Ms. Quinn’s rock, said things would be O.K.

“I’ve always said I’m a winner either way: Either I get to watch her do amazing things with the city or I get to spend more time with her.”

‘Get the Cops!’ John Catsimatidis Meets Controversy in Brooklyn

John Catimatidis today with Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and his daughter.
John Catsimatidis today with Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and his daughter.

John Catsimatidis disembarked from his Election Day “Catsimatidis Express” tour bus today in Brooklyn, only to hit a sudden halt minutes later.

Mr. Catsimatidis, who is battling it out with Republican rival Joe Lhota in today’s mayoral primary, emerged from his ride this afternoon with an entourage that included his daughter, local Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and several reporters. But as he walked into a Bay Ridge polling site inside of a school building–treacherous ground for candidates–he encountered several people who very much wanted the billionaire businessman to scram.

“You really shouldn’t be around here,” complained one poll worker as Mr. Catsimatidis glad-handed with voters.

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Weiner Gets Board of Elections to Intervene for Photo-Op

Anthony Weiner votes with his son, Jordan.
Anthony Weiner votes with his son, Jordan.

Anthony Weiner asked the Board of Elections to intervene today–so he could ensure the press got a good photo of him casting his ballot with his son on Election Day.

The former Congressman had been scheduled to vote at 9:30 a.m. at a Baruch College building not for from his Park Avenue South apartment. Instead, frantic staffers rushed in and out of the building, conferring with poll workers and making calls. There had been a “snafu,” with the Board of Elections, said Mr. Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, who paced up and down the sidewalk outside of the building, tracked by two film-makers.

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Voting Problems Continue to Plague New York’s Elections

Voting in New York City today is special.
A broken machine that allows voters to cast their vote for multiple mayoral candidates.

The New York City Board of Elections has a pretty miserable reputation, which only grew worse after significant problems roiled last November’s presidential election, forcing many voters to wait in line for hours.

Unsurprisingly, today’s citywide primary election doesn’t seem to be going much better, with New Yorkers across the city reporting widespread incidences of broken voting machines and misinformed poll workers, causing some to be turned away in their attempt to participate in the democratic process.

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