Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who vowed throughout his campaign to build an administration that mirrored the city, laughed off the idea of hiring Republicans this morning at a press conference announcing his latest pick.
It was a meeting that would have been unimaginable 15 years ago.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, who served as deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, tonight sat down with Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader who maintained an infamously antagonistic relationship with the Giuliani administration.
But everything went smoothly enough today. The pair emerged following a 30-minute meeting to a room full of press, but offered few details of the exchange, which Mr. Sharpton described as “cordial and candid.”
Former deputy mayor and MTA Chair Joe Lhota decisively beat back his billionaire opponent tonight in the Republican mayoral primary, despite the onslaught of millions of dollars worth of negative mailings and television ads.
Though he’d called John Catsimatidis’s ads “amazingly disgusting” earlier today and seemed to have little patience for another challenger, Doe Fund founder George McDonald, Mr. Lhota offer an olive branch to both of his opponents in a victory speech delivered to cheering supporters at a Midtown hotel.
His dream of being the next billionaire mayor of New York City is officially over.
John Catsimatidis, the owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, took to the stage of the Roosevelt Hotel tonight to concede his loss in the Republican primary following returns that made it clear he had lost to Joe Lhota.
“I want to apologize to my staff that I didn’t do better and win this thing for all of you,” Mr. Catsimatidis said, mournfully.
“We’ll never be disappointed!” some in the crowd shouted. “Never!”
Democrat Magda Katz walked into a breakfast this morning for Republican Joe Lhota knowing little about the candidate. By the time she left, she said, she was sold.
Frustrated by the current crop of Democratic candidates, Ms. Katz–a life-long Democrat–said she was impressed by Mr. Lhota’s background managing the city’s finances and his efforts in the days after 9/11, which were recounted by his old boss, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who spoke at the breakfast.