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.
Two of the candidates vying to replace New York City Comptroller John Liu, who looks like to run for Mayor in 2013, will report raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns at the close of the most recent filing period. This sets the stage for a spirited Democratic primary between two Councilmen seeking this citywide office.
Councilman Domenic Recchia, who’s term-limited out in 2013, reported raising over $275,000 with $540,000 in the bank, while Councilman Dan Garodnick sent out an email to supporters announcing $1,000,000 in total fundraising and $280,000 over the last six months. A source close to the Garodnick campaign said that his cash on hand will be about $940,000.