Republican for Mayor: Joe Lhota

Thursday, September 12, 2013

2013 Republican mayoral nominee, former deputy mayor, and former MTA chairman, Joe Lhota joins us to discuss his plans moving forward in the mayoral race.



Joe Lhota

Comments [29]


Willie - de Blasio lives in Park Slope... what's your point???? at least Lhota is from the Bronx... where is de Blasio from?

Sep. 13 2013 05:58 PM

Michael D - the city doesn't control LICH.... do you get that?

Sep. 13 2013 05:56 PM
Stephen from Manhattan

I laughed out loud when Mr. Lhota accused Di Blasio of being "divisive" for pointing out the obvious — that 12 years of Bloomberg had created a Tale of Two Cities. How completely clueless can a politician be?

If Lhota's backing by Giuliani isn't the kiss of death for his political ambitions in NYC, then the Koch Brothers backing him with their billions should be. And if Bloomberg ends up endorsing him, that should be the final nail in his coffin.

Sep. 12 2013 07:41 PM
DTorres from Manhattan

I liked Rudy Guiliani, always voted for him, each time he ran for Mayor.
I remember Dinkins and the Korean boycott, something Guiliani would have
never allowed.
I don't care for anybody the Koch Brothers back.
The Koch Brothers want everything for themselves and not even crumbs
for everyone else.

Sep. 12 2013 05:07 PM
larry from bayside

Perfect-- koch brothers approved and a new toll paid by each toddler for preschool. His MTA solution was to raise fairs and jack tolls and throw money at it until the next election for mayor. Makes all the dem, candities look good.

Sep. 12 2013 04:23 PM
Shaneeza from New York

Very much like Quinn, who thinks the blandificaton of New York is the right direction for the city, Lhota is clearly out of touch. Also, money from the Koch brothers is disgusting.

Sep. 12 2013 03:38 PM
steve from Manhattan

Mr. Lhota -- I object to your campaign theme accusing Mr. De Blasio of "Divide and Conquer". Anyone with their eyes open and without political blinders will agree that our city (and indeed, our nation) is very much divided. The economic crash and resulting class divisions have affected NYC maybe more than anywhere else in the nation, and our city is now severely divided between those who have more (the 1%, or even the 10%) and those who have less (the 99%, or if you will, the 90%). If you can't see this, or don't address it honestly and bluntly, then you are either sadly naive, detached by your wealth, or on a political campaign where the your goal is to be elected at any cost, and to hell with the truth and the actual needs of the substantial majority of the people you wish to govern.

Sep. 12 2013 11:35 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Listening to Mr. Lhota’s response to the question of where he stands with respect to the selling off of Long Island College Hospital (LICH)- for a real estate deal as most would assert- I didn’t hear a real answer. I heard that he was concerned about LICH because it is in his neighborhood and I heard that he likes the style of health care administration up in the Bronx but nothing that addressed the issue of the pressure to sell off public assets to developers.

During the Democratic primary the selling off of public assets to developers (schools, parks, hospitals, public housing playgrounds, etc.) was a frequent topic of discussion.

But where does Mr. Lhota stand?

That’s why we want to know where Lhota stands on what is a touchstone issue for us: Does Mr. Lhota endorse or oppose the selling off of NYC public libraries under the Bloomberg administration? If we can’t stop them at the selling off libraries where can we stop them?

It is no accident that the sale of LICH and the first Brooklyn library proposed to be sold, the Brooklyn Heights Library, are both in Mr. Lhota’s neighborhood (Brooklyn Heights, see comment #1 below). Brooklyn Heights, where we both live, is a high property value neighborhood. Those high property values are what are driving these sell-offs to private developers salivating for them, NOT the lack of value of those assets to the public.

In the case of libraries and a hospital like LICH those most hurt by these sales are probably a bit down the income scale (Mr. de Blasio’s `Tale of Two Cities’), although I just recently took my daughter (same age as Mr. Lhota’s) to the LICH emergency room for an injury. I’ve taken quite a few people there. My family also uses the library proposed to sold, replaced (ultimately?) by something drastically shrunk and less hospitable to the larger surrounding community.

SEE: Citizens Defending Libraries on the web for more information.

Sep. 12 2013 11:32 AM
JanetE from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

Where does Mr. Lhota stand on selling off public libraries to real estate developers, shrinking them, and reopening a smaller version in some condo basement? Check out the NYPL plans for our former, collections-rich, Donnell Library Center that was located at 20 W. 53rd Street. Lhota looks pretty fierce--maybe he's walking around angry because he knows it's an outrage but he can't say anything to upset his backers. Bloomberg is behind all of this, including the fact that our Brooklyn Heights branch is up for sale right now! Reports indicated that Lhota was going to discuss things with him right after the election--maybe Bloomberg will bankroll him an extra 10% if he endorses selling off libraries to Bloomberg's developer pals...or agrees to keep quiet about it to help maintain the news blackout on the issue! Libraries are popular with both Democrats and Republicans--what's not to like? Why wouldn't any candidate come out swinging in their defense--unless he's bought and paid for not to? Mr. Lhota, the ball is in your court!

Sep. 12 2013 11:31 AM
Questioning from nyc from nyc

So...Lhota didn't answer my questions, I don't think I like his idea of the city, his vision...
de Blasio sounds good to me!
Lhota is deliberately denying the realties we live in.

Sep. 12 2013 11:23 AM

While "liberal" politicians are often labeled as "tax and spend", republican politicians (especially since Reagan) SHOULD be labeled "borrow and spend."

Sep. 12 2013 11:18 AM
Jane from Marine Park

Brian I'm from Marine Park, voted De Blasio, and will do so again..

Sep. 12 2013 11:10 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Where do the "progressive" one-percenters live?

Upper West and East sides, Tribeca, Soho, Chelsea by the Hudson River, of Manhattan.

Sep. 12 2013 11:05 AM

@jgarbuz - This city has tons of problems; its just that Bloomberg has swept them under the rug.

Ask the Bloomberg why the city's bond debt has doubled since he's been Mayor - from $55B to $110B. Ask the Bloomberg why the homeless population has increased by 60% since he's been Mayor.

Oh wait, I forgot... the amount of soda you drink is more important to him.

Sep. 12 2013 11:04 AM
Nick from UWS

I would never vote for anybody who can't or won't understand what someone else is saying.

Sep. 12 2013 11:02 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I should think a donation by the Koch brothers would be sufficient to turn everyone away from Mr. Lhota. No matter how important the Koch brothers think they are, they have a toxic touch. Anyone with any social conscience at all knows to keep their distance.

Sep. 12 2013 11:01 AM
GC from Manhattan

Back in the days of segregation ... I think the "class warfare " folks would say to any one that pointed out THAT inequality that they were promoting "race warfare"....... if there are no "classes" if "all men are created equal" then there can be no class warfare.... active segregation of people by race , religion, or access to economic resources causes warfare. TO try to shut down those who point out the disparity only buys the rich a little more time... Remember all the marvels of the modern world were not invented by Billionaires.

Sep. 12 2013 11:00 AM
Willy Horton from Bronx

Sounds like Mr Lhota lives in the wealthy suburb of manhattan called Brooklyn Hieghts. Of course this is not a tale of two cities for him. he is running to represent manhattan.

Sep. 12 2013 10:59 AM
Ellen S. Frankel from Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Lhota I too want to know what your position is on selling the libraries. The Brooklyn Heights Library, Mid-Manhattan, SIBL Branch and others that may be on the chopping block. What will you do about preventing the libraries from being sold? Library circulation is the highest it has ever been and we need them. This is an urgent issue and we need clarity from you immediately.

Sep. 12 2013 10:59 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I'm afraid without a Bloomberg, this city is going to have problems regardless of which one of these two guys becomes mayor.

Sep. 12 2013 10:58 AM

Maybe Joe Lhota's New York City isn't divided, but mine -- the New York City of struggling to pay rent, bills, and survive -- the New York City where all housing is becoming more and more expensive -- is divided.

Sep. 12 2013 10:58 AM
RBC from FiDi

1. Everyone needs to realize that this guy is really a 3rd Giuliani term.

2. If you think that there isn't "2 New Yorks" you're in serious denial.

Sep. 12 2013 10:58 AM
Nick from UWS

How could Lhota possibly interpret what De Blasio said as a desire to separate the classes? How could he not hear De Blasio's statement as a complaint that the class separation is already bad and getting worse? What species of the English language does Lhota speak where he could interpret De Blasio's statement as a call to separate the classes? What planet is he living on?

Sep. 12 2013 10:58 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

No NYC playground has the "death dealing", Weapon of Mass Destruction SEESAW anymore.

I will vote for the person who as Mayor will bring back to NYC parks and playgrounds the dreaded SEESAW.

Lawyers have ruined this country.

Sep. 12 2013 10:58 AM

I would say the people are already separated, joe.

Sep. 12 2013 10:57 AM
Robert from NYC

No you don't, Joe, You don't listen to voters, you don't want to listen to voters. You're full of baloney, to put it nicely. And yes this IS class warfare as you call it but Bloomberg started it from above!! So you are Mr Flubberdub, bla bla bla bla bla until you get into office.

Sep. 12 2013 10:55 AM

Giulliani "lite" -- absolutely not.

Sep. 12 2013 10:53 AM
Questioning from nyc

Where does Lhota stand on raising taxes on the rich and having a more 'progressive' taxing system?

Does he agree that people earning less than $30K annually bear a greater burden - proportionally to their low income?

Does he agree that more affordable housing needs to enter the system? for people earning less than $40K annually?

Where does he stand on building very, very, compact dense tall, skyscraper residentual buildings?

What is his idea of fairness and his vision for NYC - does his vision include foreign Millionaires+Billionaires coming into the city?

What does he think he has in common with de Blasio's platform - does he see common ground?

To what extent does he support the controversial interview Bloomberg gave New York Magazine?

I found the Bloomberg interview offensive!
We know Lhota is capable of running NYC, but what is his vision?

Sep. 12 2013 10:24 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Even though Mr. Lhota is the now the Republican candidate, we still don't know his position on the selling off of NYC libraries to real estate developers, including his position on the Central Library Plan.

The Central Library Plan is the plan that will destroy the research stacks of the 42nd Street Central Reference Library, send its books to Southern New Jersey, and which will take more than 380,000 square feet of library space and shrink it down to a mere 80,000 square feet (accessed through a single small door) in order to sell off the Mid-Manhattan Library and SIBL, the Science and Industry, Business Library, at 34th street recently built as a supposed triumph of the Giuliani administration.- Mr. Lhota was Deputy Mayor and budget Director under Giuliani spending city funds to build that library.

Mr. Lhota should be very familiar with the library sell-offs because one of the first Brooklyn libraries that city officials want to sell off (in a transactions closely modeled on the Donnell Library sell-off) is the Brooklyn Heights library in Mr. Lhota's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.

When Mr. Lhota voted on Tuesday morning at 250 Cadman Plaza (and was promptly swamped by reporters) he was standing a few feet from the Brooklyn Heights Library that the mayor is trying to sell off. The Brooklyn Heights Library, part of the same 1960s urban renewal site, is the same vintage as the building that Mr. Lhota voted in. (Aesthetic judgment: The library is the better looking building.)

SEE: Citizens Defending Libraries on the web for more information.

Sep. 12 2013 10:19 AM

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