Meet the Candidates: Call Candidate Lhota

Friday, August 23, 2013

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota campaigning in Union Square Park. (Jim O'Grady/WNYC)

Joseph Lhota, former deputy mayor, MTA chairman and candidate for the 2013 Republican mayoral nomination, discusses his bid for mayor and takes listener calls as we continue our interviews with the candidates.


Joseph Lhota

Comments [15]


When he says he wants to send schoolchildren with discipline problems "away," what does that mean, exactly? Where is "away"? He is in favor of the terrible social injustice known as the "school to prison pipeline." Shame on him.

Aug. 24 2013 03:01 PM
mike on long island from long island

look up pandering in the dictionary and you'll see joe lhota's picture. regarding the hasids and circumcision, he says govt should advise, not control in any religious matters. if its a public health issue up against 5000 yr old lunacy( birthed by ignorance) , govt has to intervene.

Aug. 23 2013 01:13 PM

When he says he wants to send schoolchildren with discipline problems "away", what does that mean, exactly? Where is "away"? What an empty and thoughtless statement.
Likewise his remark about government not interfering with religious practice. On the whole, I support that, but when religious practice impinges upon an individual's right to make autonomous decisions (in this case, a minor who will live with the consequences of a parent's decision forever), I don't support it. Does his feeling that we shouldn't interfere with circumcision extend to female circumcision, as well? If people from countries where this is practiced want to do it here for "religious" reasons, is he all for that, too?
We need serious, thoughtful people in leadership roles; not those prone to spouting simplistic fluff.
What I just heard here was a Lohta fluff.

Aug. 23 2013 12:23 PM
Alan from Manhattan

With Jack Hidary running as an independent, once again the result of the mayoral election will be a function of the plurality, or winner-take-all, voting system. A candidate who is not particularly popular can win if a majority voting block--liberal, conservative, whatever--divides its vote between two or more candidates. In such races, the will of the public is not served. A typical example of this was the election of the Conservative Party candidate James Buckley to the U.S. Senate in 1970 with only 39% of the vote when Republican Charles Goodell and Democrat Richard Ottinger, whose positions on the issues were similar, split the liberal vote.

Fortunately, there is a solution. It's a voting method called Approval Voting. Each voter is allowed to vote for--or approve--as many candidates as he/she desired. Approval Voting tends to elect that candidate who has the broadest base of support. No more being forced to vote for the lesser evil in order to prevent the election of a candidate we deem a greater evil.

If we take democracy seriously, we owe it to ourselves to implement this eminently rational voting reform and switch to Approval Voting.

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Aug. 23 2013 11:54 AM
Beatrice from Brooklyn

Whoa...what was that last statement about banning kids who are disciplinary problems from the classroom? Is he talking about kids with IEPs and issues like ADHD? What does he plan to do with the kids?

Aug. 23 2013 11:31 AM
Amy from Manhattan

In the Democratic mayoral debate, I noticed Speaker Quinn specified that she'd end *unconstitutional* stop-&-frisks. Mr. Lhota is talking as if there were no difference. The problem is that police are stopping black & Latino men *without* having reasonable suspicion. I doubt that was what Earl Warren meant when he allowed stop-&-frisk operations.

Aug. 23 2013 11:31 AM
William from Manhattan

Joe Lohta sounds like an actual Republican. What does he think about those imposters around the country who have hijacked the GOP in the name of radical "kill the beast" anti-government jihad?

Aug. 23 2013 11:25 AM
Bobby G from East Village

I never heard so much pandering in my life! The reason water bills go up is to help pay for the service and the investment in infrastructure that the Mayor has so courageously made. Maybe Mr.Lhota wants to go back to deferred maintenance of the 60's and 70's. You can't have it both ways.

Aug. 23 2013 11:21 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I'm voting for Lhota. Anyone who is NOT "progressive" gets my vote.

Aug. 23 2013 11:18 AM
Nancy from Brooklyn

The city has been aware of the vulnerable condition of the subway tunnels, particularly the Montague Tube, for years before Sandy struck, yet it the appears the MTA was more interested in erecting dazzling transit stations than upgrading the weakest portions of the transit infrastructure. Will this change in a Lhota administration?

Aug. 23 2013 11:15 AM
marie from Brooklyn

Cost of living: Our landlord increased our rent by $600 each month (over 30%), in our 400 square foot apartment in Brooklyn. We will stick it out one more year and then we must leave the city. We can no longer afford it.

This kind of increase should not be legal. Will it ever be outlawed?

Aug. 23 2013 11:15 AM
Oscar from NY

Frankly mr Lhota scares me him beign some chief at the mta means you gotta have no scrupulous and think unilateral in their group. I'm glad the cops are feeling the heat, do your freaking job the best you can, stop using easy tactics just because your a cop your not special your just lucky the city and the taxpayers have you there, stop blaming the ppl of NY

Aug. 23 2013 11:11 AM

How do you see the federal role relating to aiding poor communities or repairing or updating key infrastructure ?

Aug. 23 2013 10:51 AM
bernie from bklyn

forget an independent overseer for the nypd...this city needs an army of investigators to go through the books and see what goes on daily with the MTA. it's a bottomless pit of graft and inefficiency which mr.lhota participated in and made worse. the GOP couldn't produce a better candidate than this guy?
de blasio= dinkins....get ready for the mayhem!

Aug. 23 2013 10:45 AM
Joe from nearby

Fare hikes, union attacks, attack ads. Joe Lohta.

Aug. 23 2013 09:59 AM

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