Tomorrow Is Primary Day: Are You Ready?

Monday, September 09, 2013

After a long primary season, (registered) New Yorkers hit the polls tomorrow to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for Mayor -- or at least who will be in the runoff. Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Anna Sale discuss the last-minute push by the campaigns, and what to watch for as the results come in tomorrow.


Azi Paybarah and Anna Sale

Comments [34]

Horace Whitaker from NYC

I’m worried about the comptroller primary. The Black community needs to wake up to the truth about Eliot Spitzer. He disrespected the surviving doormen whom his father fired because they were black. They reached out to Spitzer in their discrimination case when, among other things, they were called “niggers” and got fired. There’s no way any African-American or any person of color should vote for him! They (and everyone) MUST see this video before they vote:

Sep. 09 2013 04:20 PM

Christine: Men died in disproportionate numbers on the Titanic. It was often cited at the time as the greatest example of Victorian sex-deference and confirmed by all survivors. This was so much so that there were at times not enough strong-men to row the lifeboats and men in steerage were called upon to man the oars. Your grandma survived thanks to the generosity of rich white anglos. Sort of like you...

Sep. 09 2013 02:27 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Citizens Defending Libraries, formed in February of this year in response to the breaking headlines about the selling off, shrinking and underfunding of New York City libraries to create real estate deals that benefit real estate developers, not the public, is issuing its recommendations on candidates running for office in new York City.

Citizens Defending Libraries has already issued its recommendation NOT to vote for Christine Quinn. (See: Citizens Defending Libraries First Election Recommendation: NO to Christine Quinn, Who Favors Selling & Shrinking Libraries.)

Citizens Defending Libraries is now issuing its recommendations, pro and con, respecting other candidates in the election. (See: Citizens Defending Libraries Recommendations On Other Candidates: Vote For Liu or de Blasio (Depending), Tish James For Public Advocate, NO to Squadron, and . . . More .)

Sep. 09 2013 11:31 AM

Why was the unacknowledged campaign material characterized as coming from the Spitzer campaign???

No proof was presented on air or referred to on air. It could just as easily be characterized as a smear campaign against Spitzer.

The statements by your commentators show their lack of neutrality & closed-mind thinking. NYC is a city of printing presses that can be used/rented and/or bought by anyone with a grudge against any candidate. The Daily News as a confirmation??? It's not like the News owner is politically neutral now, or was in the past.

It's time to put some logic behind the reporting & citing a CorpMedia outlet as a source instead of just a report is sloppy & not worthy of your show's past standards.

Sep. 09 2013 11:20 AM
Lk from Brooklyn

be Blasio, the faux-gressive doesn't talk Jive but he does call people "dude" and "brother" (gag). DeBlasio is loved by the real estate industry and the slum lords who have funded him.

Liu is the only progressive in the race and his numbers will take a lot of people by surprise tomorrow. He has enormous support on the ground not in the air or press as their has been a news blackout on him in major media but not in the local and ethnic papers. Anyone see the pages that Our Time Press gave him? in Bed-Stuy? He is the stealth candidate here.

Sep. 09 2013 11:07 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

Sheldon - can't argue with what you state....

Sep. 09 2013 10:52 AM

Way to stick to the important topics like our mayoral candidates ethnicity, sexual orientation, spousal selection, and texting fetishes. These issues are far more important than holding our elected offiials accountable for improving the city with workable plans that manage budgets and deliver services as efficiently as possible.

Top notch journalism.

Sep. 09 2013 10:51 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

bernie from bklyn said:

> anthony weiner has been a victim of character assassination.


Any candidate who thinks that endorsement by Al Sharpton (of Tawana Brawley hoax, Crown Heights race riot, Freddy's Fashion Mart fire bombing murders), brings credibility to their candidacy, is a pandering fool.

And don't blame Bloomberg for his third term, blame the people who voted for him.

Sep. 09 2013 10:44 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I received a mailing from Quinn for New York that says on the outside, "There's been a lot of talk about second {*and third*} chances for men this year." On the inside it says, "We'd like to make the case for giving a *first* chance to one extraordinary *woman* on Sept. 10th." Above the 2nd statement are the photos of 14 women who have endorsed Speaker Quinn, & inside the 2nd fold are their statements supporting her.

I have never & will never vote for any candidate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Appealing for my vote on any of these bases is a count against a candidate.

Sep. 09 2013 10:36 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@blacksocialist. Mr. Liu said that he would get rid of stop and frisk altogether.

When Brian asked him twice - hypothetically, if the cops should stop him, if he happened to match the description of someone who just committed a crime - Liu said no.

I'm sorry, I've been a huge critic of Bloomberg's abuse of the tactic but I'm weary of Liu throwing the baby out with the bath water to get votes.

Sep. 09 2013 10:34 AM
anthony from East Village

between Lui and Thompson.... I hope.... DeBlasio... have you ever spent time with him? So fake. Constantly looking over and past you for cameras or others in the room. Insulting, why do we need political egos running in politics?

Sep. 09 2013 10:32 AM
Robert from NYC

You don't KNOW that the anti-Springer ad is by Spitzer's people. Just because there is no name on it doesn't mean it's the Spitzer campaign, it can be anybody like a illegit group or person who sent those out. Unless you KNOW it was Spitzer it is irresponsible to blame Spitzer campaign. This Ozzie guy is an idiot, he guesses at most of what he proposes here. Where did you find him!!

Sep. 09 2013 10:31 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

I keep getting robo-calls from the Catsimatidis campaign, even though I live in Westchester (the 914 area code should have been a hint). What kind of savvy businessman can he be if he is paying for useless calls? More like a clueless money spigot for opportunistic political consultants with no scruples.

Sep. 09 2013 10:29 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Will backwards folk finally be compelled to retire the "minorities" term? Is it telling that Bill Thompson is amongst them?

And as far as DeBlasio's Dante/family ads: I'm not jumping up and down about his candidacy, but I don't have a problem with them. Gimme a break; EVERY politician uses his family if they're usable. This is not new...Also, is it wrong to think that a white man with a black family is more sensitive to the challenges people of color confront? And is it wrong for a candidate to want to highlight this?...The outcry reflects pervasive race ignorance -- something that Bloomberg's third term has highlighted in him, which has completely tarnished any legacy...

Sep. 09 2013 10:27 AM
Angela from Crown Heights

All politicians parade their families as supporters, representatives, etc. How about Catsimatidis parading his oh so blonde wife around? Would one call that race baiting?

Sep. 09 2013 10:22 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

Sheldon - do expound....

Sep. 09 2013 10:20 AM
john from office

DeBlasio is using his son. He got a moo foo fro, so vote for me. I am waiting for DeBlasio to start speaking in Jive talk, just to make things more ethnic.

John Liu is the Black candidate, his platform is the most simplistic

Sep. 09 2013 10:19 AM
bernie from bklyn

anthony weiner has been a victim of character assassination. are there any adults here that can tell me why this has happened?

Sep. 09 2013 10:19 AM
Robert from NYC

Shrank, not shruck.

Sep. 09 2013 10:17 AM
profwilliams from Montclair, NJ

DaBlasio's MALE biracial son spoke of "Stop and Frisk."

THAT is what caught me about the ad. Likewise, seeing his family, put his views in a different light: He gets it.

Funny though, I just found out this weekend that DaBlasio has an older daughter. So this idea of exploitation is dumb.

Sep. 09 2013 10:17 AM
mick from Inwood

I agree 100% with Brian. Bloomberg's statement about De Blasio is purely about Bloomberg. Bloomberg obviously believes that De Blasio is anti-business because he is a progressive. Bloomberg did not need to say he is from a Jewish background because his background was known to most people and anyone with his last name has probably a 99% chance to be from an ethnically Jewish background, no matter what religion they might practice...just as Quinn is obviously from an Irish background. In a world full of white male labor and race fakers, De Blasio was fully justified and in fact obligated to show that he walks the walk as well as talking the talk.

Sep. 09 2013 10:17 AM

Brian - did you hear all of Christine Quinn pandering to women yesterday? It was blatant and in your face. She basically told women to vote for her just because she is a woman. And the bizarre comments about the Titanic were so over the top.

Sep. 09 2013 10:17 AM
Robert from NYC

GOOD, you didn't get the answer you wanted from the biracial woman. Snarky, snarky, snarky. You white folks are revealing yourselves in this matter. Why is Obama brought into this?

Sep. 09 2013 10:15 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Bloomberg is nothing but arrogant, no more no less. He cannot stand that it’s over for him. He still isn’t ready to spend full time in London overseeing his project of renovating an ancient Roman villa there. His future residence.

Sep. 09 2013 10:15 AM
Robert from NYC

You Brian you sound snarky when you talk about De Blasio. You've sounded that way all along in this campaign! What's up Brian you should not be part of the gossip man.

Sep. 09 2013 10:13 AM
Karen from NYC

Quesiton for tomorrow is whether Quinn will get enough votes to force a run-off between DeBlasio and Thompson.

Sep. 09 2013 10:13 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

SORRY Blacksocialist - Liu, who I like, has the most progressively idiotic and pandering views on stop and frisk.

Sep. 09 2013 10:12 AM
Steve from Upper west side

Over and over since he took office, Mayor Bloomberg has proven himself to have an unfiltered mouth and a mean-spirited holier-than-thou negative attitude behind it. In short, he's an ass, and seems to be proud of it. As for De Blasio's introducing us to his family (like ALL candidates do), I will say that my 15 year old high-school daughter (tomorrow's citizenry) has been drawn into the mayoral race and has taken an interest to this election, ONLY because she was delighted to see Dante speaking out.

Sep. 09 2013 10:11 AM
sp from nyc

Bloomberg is a small, bitter man whose theft of a third term has collapsed on him, with most NYers having contempt for him. What politician doesn't campaign with his family? Is Quinn ageist for campaigning with her elderly father, or homophobic for campaigning with her wife? Hey Bloomie, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Sep. 09 2013 10:11 AM
Jeb from Brooklyn

I'm proud to live in a city that is dominated by no single demographic background. Bloomberg has often spoken about his Jewishness to voters, just as de Blasio has highlighted the diversity of his family. We have to be able to talk about our backgrounds and differences as positives (as in both instances I just highlighted) if we are ever to reach some semblance of commonality. I would never slight an Italian politician for speaking a few words of Italian. Being proud of who you are and where you come from should never be seen as 'uncomfortable' or 'uncouth.'

Sep. 09 2013 10:09 AM

Brian - what about the comments that Christine Quinn went on and on about how her Irish Grandmother was in third class steerage on the Titanic and managed to survive despite all the white men in first class who took the places of women and children? Did she think I might have more empathy for her because of what her grandmother lived though? I think not.

Sep. 09 2013 10:09 AM
Robert from NYC

You know this whole thing about De Blasio's "black son" is always an issue. WHY? Why is it always mentioned? You too Brian have done this often right here on this show. I can understand the weirdos who listen and constantly comment about "De Blasio and his black son" but when I hear you say it I just don't understand. If anyone else brings out their family not mention of any racial whatever. This is his family stop bringing up that they're black. I've never mentioned his black family, everyone else does!!!
I never even thought about it once I saw his family. Thompson has a commercial with his daughter and no one cares. Yes Thompson does bring up his Caribbean ethnicity but I don't hear you mention that.
Bloomberg's an a--hole, we all know it, we've all always known it. And this guy is right. Don't make excuses for Bloomberg. Oh there you go, the Bloomberg apologists. Cut it out.

Sep. 09 2013 10:08 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

azi - john liu has been the most progressive and was the strongest in speaking about stop and frisk..... hack

Sep. 09 2013 10:04 AM
Lk from Brooklyn

Did Bloomberg know that his remarks would help deBlasio? He must have known that. What was his motivation?

Sep. 09 2013 10:03 AM

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