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Exit Stage Right
He’s out of office, no longer running for election, and supposed to be weighing jobs in the private sector, but that isn’t enough to stop ex-comptroller and unsuccessful mayoral candidate John Liu from ending his perennial politicking.
Indeed, Mr. Liu, who was known to log a dozen stops across the five boroughs during an ordinary day, seems to be having trouble giving up the trappings of elected office, continuing his break-neck schedule of events even after his term as comptroller ended on December 31.
Through the Liu-king Glass
Council Speaker Christine Quinn ended her tenure leading the City Council yesterday with an emotional farewell to staff and colleagues, marking the end of what, by all accounts, was an extremely difficult year.
Just last spring, Ms. Quinn was widely considered the front-runner in the mayor’s race–the heir apparent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg–who seemed destined to preside over City Hall. Instead, Ms. Quinn finished a crushing third place in the Democratic primary after a brutal shellacking by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
City Comptroller John Liu gave his final “State of the City” address today, taking a final dig at outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and bidding farewell to a room full of loyal supporters after a failed bid for mayor.
Speaking in front of a row of city flags at the old Emigrant Savings Bank around the corner from City Hall, Mr. Liu–giving his third such speech since the beginning of 2012–offered a heartfelt thank you to a room of faces who surrounded him frequently on the campaign trail.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has no sympathy for one of his biggest fans.
Mr. de Blasio today said that actor Alec Baldwin deserved to be fired from his new MSNBC talk show for allegedly using “inappropriate” and “sad” anti-gay slurs–but left the door open for the often hot-headed actor to attend his inauguration.
Bill de Blasio didn’t waste any time today launching his transition effort, announcing his new transition team leadership the morning after winning the mayor’s race.
Hours after securing one of the most decisive victories in recent history, Mr. de Blasio convened the press to introduce his new team after an hour-long conversation with the current mayor.
2013: An Election Odyssey
Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, declared victory tonight in the mayor’s race, winning one of the most decisive margins in recent history and returning Democratic rule to City Hall for the first time in 20 years.
“My fellow New Yorker: Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city, united by a belief that our city should leave no New Yorkers behind,” Mr. de Blasio told a cheering crowd more than 4,000 strong gathered in the cavernous Park Slope Armory, not far from his home.
It’s official: Bill de Blasio is projected to be the next mayor of New York City.
NY1 called the race for Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, immediately after the polls closed at 9 p.m. marking a return to Democratic rule in the city for the first time in 20 years.
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If Joe Lhota is bummed about the expected outcome tonight, he isn’t showing in.
While most are predicting a blowout victory for Democrat Bill de Blasio, Mr. Lhota repeatedly insisted this morning he still thinks he can win, despite trailing by more than 40 points in the final public polls.
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Rudy Giuliani this evening suggested that Joe Lhota might follow in his footsteps and run again for mayor in 2017 if he loses his bid tomorrow, as the polls suggest is likely.
“If he wants to run in four more years, he should run in four more years. He’s a very good candidate,” Mr. Giuliani told Politicker before the pair kicked off an evening of last-minute campaigning in Lower Manhattan.
Bill de Blasio today denounced the deployment of a handful of vans blaring messages that suggest the Democratic mayoral front-runner is a “closet socialist,” atheistic and “anti-church.”
“It’s inappropriate and it’s obviously, it’s desperate. And whoever’s doing this is trying to go and confuse people,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters when asked about the vans during a press scrum in the Bronx.