Election Day: 2013apalooza
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.
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!”
After years of power plays and behind-the-scenes wrangling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has emerged victorious, beating Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a slightly different kind of battle.
Braving raging rapids after weeks of posturing, stealth attacks and alleged secret training sessions, Team Cuomo bested Team Bloomberg during the long-awaited culmination of the Adirondack Challenge: a white-water rafting contest between Albany and City Hall.
Donovan Richards declared victory today in the Queens special election to replace his mentor, former Councilman James Sanders, putting to rest fears that the election’s outcome would be unknown for weeks or even months in what had become a racially-charged contest.
With all absentee and affidavit votes counted, Mr. Richards padded his razor-thin 26-vote Election Day margin with another 133 votes, while his main competitor, Pesach Osina, only gathered an additional 80. This brought the unofficial tally to 2,646 for Mr. Richards and 2,567 for Mr. Osina, a wide enough margin to avoid an automatic recount. The results will be certified next week.
New York State started off as a key battleground in the Democrats’ battle to retake control of the U.S. House, especially after the courts intervened in the redistricting plan and shook up a lot of traditional boundaries. However, most of these races were focused in areas further Upstate and the suburbs, leaving the heavily Democratic New York City with just two congressional elections of note.
In Queens, Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng faced off against GOP Councilman Dan Halloran for a seat crafted from the district remnants of outgoing Congressmen Bob Turner and Gary Ackerman. Despite Mr. Halloran’s polling showing the race a tie, those numbers did not pan out and Ms. Meng is currently ahead by roughly 2-to-1, which matches how Democrats have historically performed within the area.