Dems choose de Blasio, Liu, for citywide offices
City Councilman Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn) trounced Mark Green to win the Democratic nomination for public advocate Tuesday night, all but assuring him of election to the post in November.
City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) defeated his colleague, David Yassky, of Brooklyn, to win the nod for comptroller and is now poised to become the first Asian-American elected to citywide office.
Both winners were backed by the Working Families Party, whose organizational strength and robust get-out-the-vote operation have made it a formidable presence in city races.
In his victory speech, de Blasio thanked his family, congratulated Liu and gave a nod to Green, thanking him for "everything he's contributed to this city and his years of service."
"Tonight the people have responded," he said. "I want to thank the people of this city for their faith in me."
He also called for more parental involvement in the schools, vowed to reform the city planning commission to create more affordable housing and strengthen the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Liu was ahead of Yassky 56 to 44 percent; de Blasio was up 63 percent to 37 percent on Green, who served two terms as public advocate in the 1990s and was the first to hold the office.
Liu and de Blasio were both the top vote getters in the Democratic primary two weeks ago, though neither reached the 40 percent needed to avoid Tuesday's runoff.
Turnout in the race was abysmal, around 7 percent of eligible voters in each race, lower than the historically paltry turnout two weeks ago.
Republicans Joe Mendola will be on the ballot for comptroller on Nov. 3, while Alex Zablocki will face off against Liu for public advocate.