Feminist icon Gloria Steinem and other prominent women leaders and council members gathered on the steps of City Hall today to endorse Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for city council speaker.
With just under three weeks to go until the City Council’s 51 incoming members cast their ballots, Ms. Mark Viverito, who has already claimed victory in the race, is trying to build momentum for her candidacy and shut out her chief rival, Dan Garodnick, who still maintains he has time to change members’ minds.
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Joe Lhota is still touting old endorsements in the mayor’s race.
Up until yesterday, Mr. Lhota’s campaign’s Twitter page prominently featured endorsements from the city’s three largest newspapers, even though they only backed him in the September 10 Republican primary when he was up against John Catsimatidis and George McDonald–not the November election.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio today accused his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, of putting forward a “fiscally irresponsible” plan that would cost the city billions in tax breaks.
Speaking to reporters at a Queens endorsement event, Mr. de Blasio–who is far ahead in the polls–said that Mr. Lhota’s economic plan would bring big benefits to the city’s wealthiest.
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The city’s largest municipal labor union has reversed its long-standing precedent against endorsing in district attorney’s races, using a special waiver today to endorse Ken Thompson over incumbent Charles “Joe” Hynes for Brooklyn’s top law-enforcement job.
The Silly Season
Former Republican rivals Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis are still at odds nearly a month after Mr. Lhota won the mayoral primary, this time squabbling over endorsements.
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Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio this afternoon laughed off accusations leveled by his Republican rival that his ideas are “directly out of the Marxist playbook,” calling the charges “silly.”
Bill and Hillary Clinton are officially backing Bill de Blasio for mayor.
In a joint statement issued by their respective spokesmen, the former president and secretary of state praised the expected Democratic nominee, saying they were “proud” of his primary campaign and “behind him” as he moves on to the general election against Republican Joe Lhota.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially endorsed Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign this morning, following her bruising loss last week in the Democratic primary.
Standing on the steps of City Hall flanked by her former union and political backers, Ms. Quinn–who sparred incessantly with Mr. de Blasio on the trail–put on a happy face, laughing and joking as she gave her formal rival her blessings.
The city’s powerful teachers’ union just can’t seem to get mayoral races right.
When the United Federation of Teachers offered its coveted endorsement to Bill Thompson in June, it was seen as a game changer for the candidate. But the union’s efforts came up short yet again, with Mr. Thompson conceding the contest today after placing a distant second.
This is not a new situation for the UFT, which chose to sit out the 2005 and 2009 races, and–as its critics like to point out–last backed a winning candidate in 1989.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed this morning that he will not weigh in on the mayor’s race–despite having recently called one of the likely contender’s campaign’s “racist.”
“I decided I am not going to make an endorsement in the race,” said Mr. Bloomberg during a truncated appearance on WOR’s John Gambling show, which marked his first interview since the mayoral primary Tuesday night.