What now for Bill de Blasio? Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia University and former adviser to Mayor Bloomberg, and Andrea Bernstein, metro editor at WNYC News, discuss what comes next for New York City's newest mayor.
Bill de Blasio romped last night, winning the vast majority of election precincts, no matter which racial group was dominant.
Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from Bloomberg, and he gave them a consistent message of change. But after a rough start to his campaign, de Blasio also benefitted from a few lucky breaks.
Who said "I intend to be the Mayor of all of the people"? Who said "all groups are part of this city"? Who said "I'm grateful and humbled by the mandate the people of the city have given me"? Test your knowledge and get a glimpse of what New York felt like, beginning in 1965.
Staten Island has traditionally been a Republican stronghold. Joe Lhota campaigned there Friday with the former Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. But with Bill de Blasio looking at historic margins, there's a possibility all five boroughs might vote for the Democrat. Plus — more on who's giving to Bill de Blasio, and how his campaign is getting less and less transparent.
There was not a dry eye in the room Thursday morning as the parents and sister of a 12-year old boy killed by a van in Brooklyn testified in favor of a bill reducing speed limits in New York City's residential areas to 20 mph. The chair of the City Council's transportation committee, reporters, even the taxi owner lobbyist who'd come to testify against the bill -- couldn't stop crying. We were sobbing too.
In the end, there wasn't much to debate, except for everything they'd debated already. Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota spent 90 minutes finger-wagging Wednesday night after a general election that is closing where it opened -- with a tussle over a Dickens novel and the deconstruction of the word "divisive."
It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.
Everyone has their Sandy photos. As I was biking (or taking the "bus bridge") from well-lit Brooklyn to dark Manhattan and back covering the storm and its aftermath, I snapped photos on my phone. Here are a few.
Bill de Blasio is starting to reel in some serious money — behind closed doors. Hillary Clinton is holding a public campaign event in Virginia, but in New York, the press was barred. With a 40 percent gap in the polls, much of the city is beginning to think seriously about what Bill de Blasio will do as Mayor. And Joe Lhota still can't stop stepping on his own message. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Anna Sale, and Brigid Bergin break it all down.
Bill de Blasio had made a convincing case for being pro-innovation when it came to New York City's evolving streetscape. But his answer during Tuesday's mayoral debate on the pedestrian plazas in Times Square and Herald Square indicated that when it comes to urban planning, his instincts aren't exactly modern.
Joe Lhota remembered his talking points in Tuesday night's debate. Unfortunately for him, he said little to fundamentally alter the trajectory of the race, where Bill de Blasio is beating him by over 40 points. And in the most raucous exchange of the campaign, de Blasio and Lhota heatedly debated the legacies of David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani, harkening back to a time a dwindling number of voters remember.
WNYC, WNYC's Data News team and Transportation Nation have won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism: the Online News Association award for breaking news during storm Sandy. Other winners included the Guardian for its work covering the NSA and the Boston Globe for reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing.
I had about as bad an experience as I've ever had docking a Citi Bike this morning -- it took nearly an hour to find a docking station in Lower Manhattan. The supervisor in the Citi Bike call center said it was an unusually busy morning, brought on, no doubt, by the picture-perfect crisp autumn weather.
New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan took a victory lap Friday at a speech at the Municipal Art Society summit, saying, "What was controversial just a few years ago, things like closing Times Square, is pretty much commonplace today."
With the government shutdown drama playing out in Washington, Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan faced off against Democrats with surprising results.
An Illinois board last night approved a new 47-mile toll highway, the Illiana Expressway. The move is notable for the dissension it caused and because new highways are out-of-vogue with planners, who tend to see them as costly, environmentally destructive, and promoting inefficient, sprawling development.
A survey of nearly 2300 Citi Bike users by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives finds that about two thirds -- 64 percent -- say their biggest complaint with the system is that docks are either completely full or completely empty. But 91 percent like the bike share system and want to see it expanded.