Republican Joe Lhota strode into Staten Island’s Halloween Extravaganza at Bloomingdale Park with fistfuls of Gobstoppers and Tootsie Pops and Baby Ruths. He didn’t hand out palm cards or pamphlets or fliers. He barely asked for anyone’s vote.
“You got no literature? Where’s your literature?” Lhota endorser and borough president James Molinaro asked the candidate.
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Letitia James is running for public advocate on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. She has no Republican opponent, so it is likely she will become the first African-American woman to hold citywide office.
BACKGROUND: James, 55 is a City Council member representing Brooklyn’s 35th District, which includes Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and... » more
Scott Stringer is running for comptroller on the Democratic and Working Families party lines.
BACKGROUND: Stringer, 53, was born and raised in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, and their two young sons. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He served in Jerrold Nadler’s state Assembly office and was elected to Nadler’s... » more
Kathryn Lhota smiled warmly as she chatted with Loretta Sellitti on Wednesday at the Arrochar Friendship Club senior center on Staten Island. A less visible presence on the stump with her dad, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, than rival Bill de Blasio’s two teenagers, the 22-year-old said she’s been busy behind the scenes.
“You’re going to need a vacation after [the campaign],” Sellitti,... » more
Consider the “M” word. Somebody in pundit-land will undoubtedly proclaim a “mandate” if, as pollsters predict, Bill de Blasio wins the mayoralty on Tuesday by a large margin over Republican Joe Lhota.
The word has a nice ring.
But count John LoCicero, longtime close adviser to the late Mayor Ed Koch, among the City Hall veterans who assign it little meaning when the time comes to govern... » more
Mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio squared off in their final debate. See how the debate unfolded, with readers' live reactions.
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Every three weeks or so, Bill de Blasio makes a stop in the East Village, where for $16 he gets a lesson in Italian, an update on Italian politics, and a haircut — long on top, short on the sides.
“His hair, I can cut him in 10 minutes, but we talk — a little of this, little of that — until it goes over half an hour,” said Alberto Amore, the Democratic mayoral front-runner’s barber of about... » more
Front-running mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio now reaches a peculiar place — one known strictly to candidates who hold huge leads in polls less than a week before Election Day.
It would be seen as crass and divisive to start handing out appointments before a single vote is counted. All the same, a de Blasio ally argues it would also be “irresponsible” to put off all internal discussion of a... » more
Down 45 polling points eight days before the election, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota Monday accused front-runner Bill de Blasio of being “bought” by Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yard developers.
Lhota slammed de Blasio for what he said is the Democrat’s failure as public advocate to push Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner to build more than 2,200 affordable housing units along the Barclays... » more
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has long enjoyed strong popularity, but there is a near-even split between New York voters who would like him to remain top cop under the next mayor and those who want to see him replaced, an amNewYork-News 12 poll finds.
Keeping Kelly, 72 — the longest-serving commissioner in the NYPD’s 168- year history — was favored by 45% of likely voters, the poll conducted... » more