Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Catsimatidis

Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure.
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John Catsimatidis Spending Big on Billboards, Lip Balm and Candy

John Catsimatidis opening his new Brooklyn campaign office Wednesday. (Photo: twitter/JCats2013)
John Catsimatidis opening his new Brooklyn campaign office Wednesday evening. (Photo: Twitter/JCats2013)

All of the major mayoral candidates have been spending cash at a relative steady clip; but no other candidate has managed to do so as fast as billionaire supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis. The self-financed Republican has spent a whopping $880,000 since he entered the race, including $615,332 in bills over the past two months.

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John Catsimatidis Says ‘Ugh’ to Unflattering Gristedes Coverage

John Catsimatidis holds court outside City Hall.
John Catsimatidis holds court outside City Hall.

John Catsimatidis was not too pleased when he opened up today’s New York Times to read about his reportedly embattled supermarket chain, Gristedes, which it dubbed the “unloved uncle of the New York City grocery scene.”

“I’d say ‘ugh.’ I’d say ‘ugh,'” the billionaire Republican candidate for mayor replied when Politicker asked him about his reaction to the piece, which detailed how the grocery chain has been struggling financially and targeted by several class action lawsuits.

He elaborated by comparing his relationship with Gristedes, which launched his successful business career, to a wife who doesn’t like her name.

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