Open Phones: A Mayoral Race Check-In

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mayoral candidates at a forum on sustainability and green policy. (New York League of Conservation Voters)

After weeks of campaigning, dozens of forums, and a slew of endorsements, the 2013 mayor's race is beginning to take shape. With 81 days until the primary, WNYC's politics team, reporters Anna Sale and Brigid Bergin, join Brian to discuss the race and we open the phones and ask: Have you made up your mind? Why? What's been the most interesting story line of the race so far? If you haven't decided, what are you waiting to hear? Call 212-433-9692 or post your mayoral-race take below! 

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Brigid Bergin and Anna Sale

Comments [16]

"fuva from harlemworld" wrote (11:16),

"But Christine's deference to Bloomberg and his ilk is a turn-off"

Just a "turn-off"? Not a potential /deal-breaker/ for you?

"(not to mention her voice is too shrill)"

Would a candidate's tone or pitch of /voice/ actually factor in your voting decision?

"mo from nyc", 11:30 a.m.:

Without any substantiation, what you wrote is nothing more than hearsay.

Both you as well as your source are completely anonymous and have not been authenticated or vetted in any way.

For all we know, you could simply be trying to damage Liu. (I'm not saying you are, just pointing-out that we have no way of knowing.)

Jun. 20 2013 12:57 PM

@ lbmudge from el barrio, 11:11:

"I want to draft elliot spitzer for mayor- now that weiner is in the running i think elliots transgressions might be overlooked"

But Spitzer's transgressions were a lot worse, wouldn't you say?

If I'm not mistaken, Weiner merely /showed/ (photos of) his weiner to women who were interested. No physical contact, therefore ZERO risk of disease or pregnancy.

Spitzer, on the other hand, went A LOT further... with a /prostitute/, to boot, thereby violating the very Rule of Law he was sworn to uphold. The zealotry that Spitzer had prided himself upon made the hypocrisy factor particularly salient in his case.

Both men betrayed their wives and Spitzer, at least, was guilty of nothing less than full-fledged adultery; an unequivocal violation of the solemn vows of marriage that he had sworn to his wife. But weren't both men forgiven by their respective wives?

What should perhaps be of most concern to the public, in both cases, is the incredible lack of judgment and discretion demonstrated by both men. One would presume, however, that at least in this regard, they have learned from the humiliation and fall from grace that they each suffered.

There are reasons why I will likely never cast a vote for Anthony Weiner (ditto for just about all of the other candidates who I am aware of thus far). But his phallic photography/pecker picture peccadilloes is not one of them.

Jun. 20 2013 12:32 PM

Neighbourhood Takes Charge is the name of the Rotterdam project menitoned:

Jun. 20 2013 11:35 AM
mo from nyc

A Chinese contractor friend of mine heard that John Liu
was selling green cards for $8000 and there is lots of
shady stuff he has been doing.
Thoughts on this?

Jun. 20 2013 11:30 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Asta, yes. Brian means well but his indoctrination sometimes shows through here.

Jun. 20 2013 11:27 AM
mbk from ues

Quinn for the win!

Jun. 20 2013 11:25 AM

I'll again reference a piece the BBC did where 20% of police priority setting was decided by the city of Rotterdam, if memory serves me correctly, and how much better policing they felt they received when the citizens priorities were given attention. Why democratic representation does not apply to policing is beyond me, because it both builds bridges between police and policed, but it also seems to yield a safer city.

Jun. 20 2013 11:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What I heard about Joe Lhota's work at the MTA was that his successor (can't remember his name, sorry) did a lot of what Mr. Lhota got credited for, esp. w/regard to Sandy.

Jun. 20 2013 11:21 AM
Asta Hansen from Washington Heights

In talking about Lui's appeal to poor people, why do you assume the African-American woman who called in about her son being profiled is poor and therefore supports Lui? Shame on you!

Jun. 20 2013 11:18 AM
fuva from harlemworld

It would be nice if this election made history. But Christine's deference to Bloomberg and his ilk is a turn-off (not to mention her voice is too shrill).
I like Liu's positions, but what I've seen of his craftiness probably precludes my vote. Weiner seems to lack self-control. Thompson may be the lesser evil and he has committed to revising stop and frisk, correct?

Jun. 20 2013 11:16 AM
Sher from lower Manhattan

Instead of endlessly repeating deBlasio's quote, you need to quote Quinn's initial more complete statement of her goal & policy w/ regard to Stop and Frisk: not only that frequency should be curtailed, but it should be done in a Constitutional manner.

Jun. 20 2013 11:16 AM
Caesar Romaine from Manhattan

I voted for mayoral and city council term limits in the 90's - TWICE. Then the governor I didn't get to vote for (Patterson) appointed a senator I didn't get to vote for (Gillibrand) to replace a senator who spent two years interviewing for another job because she didn't want to be a senator any longer (Clinton). Democracy? What a joke. I'll never vote again. Where's the ACLU when you need them?

Jun. 20 2013 11:14 AM
Bobby G from Bobby G

A voter who leans toward Quinn was interested in Wiener's position on union workers contributing to their own health insurance costs.

Jun. 20 2013 11:14 AM
lbmudge from el barrio

I want to draft elliot spitzer for mayor- now that weiner is in the running i think elliots transgressions might be overlooked- he'd make a great mayor!

Jun. 20 2013 11:11 AM
Lamar from Harlem

I am split with Bill DiBlasio and John Liu. I am leaning towards Liu because he is an outsider, a minority and has a ligitmate vocal appeal to the working class demonstrated by his activism in neighborhoods of color.

Jun. 20 2013 11:10 AM
antonio from baySide

I will vote for Liu. It's about fairness. I am tired of the giveaways to the 1%, surveillance and harassment of my fellow new yorkers. Are sick days and a living wage outrageous???

Jun. 20 2013 11:04 AM

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