Joe Lhota

De Blasio Elected NY Mayor In Landslide

Nov 6, 2013

Bill de Blasio is the first Democrat elected mayor of New York City in a generation.

And he will rise to power hoping his landslide victory will grant him a mandate to push forward an ambitious liberal legislative agenda and tackle a looming fiscal crisis.

He was trouncing Republican rival Joe Lhota by nearly 50 percentage points in incomplete, unofficial returns on Tuesday.

He now will go to Albany claiming a mandate for a tax hike on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

New Yorkers Choosing Between 2 Visions For City

Nov 5, 2013

New Yorkers are getting ready to select their first new mayor in 12 years.

Election Day is the beginning of the city's farewell to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who helped define the city since 2001. Voters now have a choice between two different visions for the future.

Republican Joe Lhota, a former aide to Rudy Giuliani, largely wants to continue the policies of Bloomberg and his former boss. Democrat Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, wants a break from the Bloomberg years and is calling for improved community-police relations and a tax increase on the rich.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Nov 4, 2013

Well, tomorrow is Nov. 5th and that means New York City residents are about to choose a new mayor. WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock gives his thoughts on that race as well as other elections and referendums happening around the country. 

NY Stop-Frisk Appeal Could Be Over After Election

Nov 1, 2013

A federal appeals court block of a judge's order that requires changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program may be short lived depending on next week's mayoral election.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York took the actions in an order issued Thursday.

The court says the decisions of Judge Shira Scheindlin will be stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the city, but the new mayor could choose to drop the appeal.

Democrat Bill de Blasio says he will. Republican Joe Lhota says he'll keep fighting the ruling.

NYC Mayoral Hopefuls Try To Get To Expected Runoff

Sep 10, 2013


New York City's wild and grueling mayoral primary campaign is in its last hours as voters finally head to the polls.