Primary Day Review

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Republican Joe Lhota will be in the general election for mayor. On the Democratic side, things are a little tricker, as Bill de Blasio stands at 40.15% of the vote with about 98% of precincts reporting. Bill Thompson has vowed to "count every vote" before conceding a runoff. Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, and Brigid Bergin, WNYC reporter, talk about the long night of big election results, and what comes next.


Brigid Bergin and Anna Sale

Comments [29]

DTorres from Manhattan

I voted for Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, James Squadron.
St. Vincents hospital, a vital community resource, was shut down on
Christine Quinn's watch, with barely a murmur on her part.
Quinn went into cahoots with the Real Estate Sharks and allowed that
to happen, for a luxury condo.
Also, I remembered that Quinn cut the money off for senior citizens
and kids programs, because they left her n;ame off a press release.
I thought that was so hurtful, I really did not like that.
I voted for term limits and Quinn made a deal with MB to disregard
my vote, but that was not the turn off for me.
Itwas the shutdown of St. Vincents and the cutting off the cash for
the kids and senior citizens out of spite.
I did go to DC37 Union headquarters, with John Liu's poster plastered
on the walls, but nobody mentioned him.
The people, waiting for service, like me, all said Christine Quinn is
just like Bloomberg, she is going to give away the projects to the
Real Estate Developers. They were warning each other and everyone else
not to vote for Christine Quinn.

Sep. 11 2013 03:41 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To hjs

So you agree with me that most colleges should go out of business, since nothing that was said or done before the year 2000 is of any relevance or use for us today.

Sep. 11 2013 02:54 PM

1975 is loooong gone
If u lived in the 21st century you might have something of value to add.
That's true for all topics!! Happy RH 5774

Sep. 11 2013 12:23 PM

>> The only way to help the poor is see to it that the rich are left to their love of making money

You mean like in Russia today, where few business regulations exist?

As opposed to the MUCH smaller gaps in highly regulated Germany, Austria and France.

Sep. 11 2013 12:22 PM
Jennifer from NYC

Rich politicians assuming the mantle of "economic warfare" is the height hypocracy. Since when were opportunities, economic, housing and otherwise, denied them due to their privilege? They should be called out every time so this disingenuity can be nipped in the bud. Talk about "billionaire fatigue."

Sep. 11 2013 11:36 AM
Vincent van GoGo

Multiple sources, including even WNYC's website, show 600,000 votes counted so far.

Lame excuse to blame the Times when correct information shows double their reported 300,000 vote total.

Sep. 11 2013 11:28 AM
Daniel Goldstein from Brooklyn

Anyone who wants to get to know Letitia James better prior to the Oct. 1 Public Advocate run off would do yourself a favor by watching the award winning, feature documentary "Battle for Brooklyn" about the Atlantic Yards controversy. (

(you can watch the film on iTunes,, or on DVD from Netflix)

Letitia James is featured in the film and one of the heroes of the fight against the project. In watching you will see that she is a dedicated public servant who fights for the people, for communities -- exactly what a public advocate ought to be.

Sep. 11 2013 10:51 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Mr. Weiner repeatedly showed himself to be an immature jackass (& yes, I'd rather have used a word that wouldn't have gotten past the moderator), from calling a critic "grandpa" to nearly getting into a fight w/a heckler to that middle finger on exit. As long as he calls his scandals things that "happened to us" instead of things he did, he's not taking responsibility for his actions.

Sep. 11 2013 10:51 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To hjs

All I want to know is, where were you in 1975? If you weren't here, you don't know squat.

Sep. 11 2013 10:47 AM

jgarbuz from Queens
The rich aren't going anywhere
They love it here plus it's a cool zip code.

Sep. 11 2013 10:43 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

What "progressives" should learn is this: you can only hurt the poor, not the rich. The rich cannot be harmed. They can leave to wherever they want whenever they want. You can do nothing to harm the rich, except as in the Soviet Union and kill them. You can rob them once or twice, but then they are gone. There is no shortage of cities in the US or in the world who will welcome their money and talents. The only way to help the poor is see to it that the rich are left to their love of making money, something they naturally do well. The more money they make, the more they will give away before they die. You try to take it by force, and they are gone like the wind. You cannot catch the wind.

Sep. 11 2013 10:33 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I supported Thompson, but I'm glad at least that Quinn, Liu and Wiener are out of the race. Quinn has a BIG, uncouth mouth, so I don't know how the reporter could say she ran as a "as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg." Liu is a liar and Wiener needs to keep it in his pants for a long while before entering politics again.

We can now breathe a sigh of relief until November.

By the way, my voting booth worked flawlessly!

Sep. 11 2013 10:29 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I've seen "the change" that "progressives" brought us here in New York City since 1949. "Urban Renewal" built the new Housing Projects that were supposed to clean up crime by getting rid of the rat-infested tenements and putting poor people into new, shiny, green city owned buildings. That was supposed to the "great change" that was going to get rid of crime and create new housing for the poor. Well, I went from the rat infested tenement to the new Housing Projects, and then I learned what crime was all about.
Soon, Brownsville began burning as poor people tried to get on the queue to get into the new Projects first.
I've seen Left Wing "change" up close and personal and was burned by it more than once.

Sep. 11 2013 10:25 AM

Right before the primary, WNYC played a clip of a Quinn supporter who was SHRIEKING pro Quinn ala Howard Dean. Voters are very turned off by the high hysterical register. Perhaps this clip influenced some undecided voters to reject Quinn.

Sep. 11 2013 10:24 AM
Amy from Manhattan

It was Speaker Quinn's holding up the paid medical leave bill until she was running for mayor that took her out of contention for me, more than the 3rd term for Mayor Bloomberg. I'm glad you mentioned it.

Sep. 11 2013 10:23 AM
gene from NYC

Why no talk about REAL ESTATE?

Have you BEEN to the old St. Vincent's site? An entire city block demolished. RE interests must have salivated during the St. V. crisis.

That's what the Villages will look like after NYU 2031.

Every person I talk with in the Village has this as their primary issue, and why they did NOT vote for Quinn, Chin, and everyone else who has had anything to do with handing over the Villages to Real Estate--totally against the peoples' wishes.

Sep. 11 2013 10:22 AM

If Lhota can only use the tired old "Class Warfare" language from the Republican Playbook, I predict he won't get any more votes in New York City than did Mitt Romney.

Sep. 11 2013 10:20 AM
frank from manhattan

Don't forget the opposition to the upper east side dump spawning the anybody but Quinn movement. And a bump for thompson.

Sep. 11 2013 10:20 AM
Austin from BedStuy

I'm curious if a runoff will ultimately hurt the Democratic candidate. Thompson and DeBlasio are going to bloody each other up in a runoff and that seems like it would be a benefit to Lohta who's waiting in wings for the general election.

Sep. 11 2013 10:17 AM
Kate from Brooklyn

I hear you saying that Thompson will invite scrutiny of de Blasio, but shouldn't there be more scrutiny of Thompson's performance as comptroller? The NYT had a couple damning articles about corruption in Thompson's management of the city's finances. This changed my opinion of Thompson in the lead-up to the primary and I can't believe people aren't paying more attention.

Sep. 11 2013 10:17 AM

Also which polls were right.

Sep. 11 2013 10:17 AM
Amy from Manhattan

And once again I ask: Why is enacting policies that benefit the rich over the poor & middle-class *not* class warfare, but pointing out that those policies benefit the rich *is*?

Sep. 11 2013 10:14 AM
Chris from Southside

Can you discuss some of the forces the Dem party might bring to bear on Thompson to pull out of a runoff if it goes to that? Dems can't be thrilled about this possibility. Thanks.

Sep. 11 2013 10:11 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To John to Office

No, on the contrary, yesterday De Blasio essentially became Mayor of New York, and Lhota will not win. Lhota is another Giuliani, who was great 20 years ago, but we are in a different time. The city won't elect another Giuliani now.
Having just barely survived the housing projects and then the Lindsay era of the '60s when Brownsville_East New York was burning to the ground, I am of great trepidation of what a De Blasio era may bring. I believe that class mongering and playing Robin Hood can only encourage the robbers in the hood. But we'll see. I could be wrong. But I don't think a De Blasio administration will do anything other than make things worse in this city. But I don't think a Lhota administration would be any better either. But I think I am going to have to vote for Lhota anyway, out of principle.

Sep. 11 2013 10:04 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

DiBlasio wins.

My advice to all of my friends ... put your apartment / coop / house on the market now, before prices start falling.

Sep. 11 2013 09:42 AM
John from office

Sheldon, yesterday Lhota was elected Mayor. An Afro can only take you so far. Deblasio will lose Queens, Staten Island, 1/2 of brooklyn, 3/4 of Manhattan and 1/2 of the bronx. Many people will vote for Lhota and claim to have voted for Deblasio. Bloomberg was elected with many "minority" votes because people want to be safe in their neighborhoods.

DeBlasio has alienated the cops, a very bad move.

Sep. 11 2013 09:41 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Yeah, Bloomberg got the rules bent,

but don't forget the fact that it was the people who voted for a third Bloomberg term.

Sep. 11 2013 08:53 AM

I want to congratulate NY voters for rejecting Weiner and Spitzer. It's wonderful to see these arrogant, lying creeps get the defeat they both so richly deserved. I wish to offer Weiner and Spitzer a heartfelt GOOD RIDDANCE.

Sep. 11 2013 07:59 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Chrisitne Quinn got her comeuppance last night, for her backroom deal with Bloomberg on term limits - four years too late.

It's also a stinging indictment on Bloomberg, the papers' editorial boards, and other elites who thought power could be handed off to their handpicked successor, like a family dictatorship. NYC is not Syria.

De Blasio needs to start rolling out ideas now. Emotion should only get him so far.

Sep. 11 2013 07:59 AM

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