Republican for Mayor: Joe Lhota

Monday, October 07, 2013

Former deputy mayor and MTA chairman Joe Lhota, 2013 Republican mayoral nominee, talks about his campaign, his policy agenda, and takes listeners' calls.


Joe Lhota

Comments [40]


mc - all taxpayers have to pay for the massive benefits given to city workers. ones that most ppl in the private sector don't get

Oct. 07 2013 05:37 PM
anna from queens

the Koch brothers gave Lhota campaign donations, and I don't remember hearing anything about him giving that $$$ back, or...wait, he wants to delay the ACA for a year like the repubs in DC do...huh
I wonder what else he doesn't disagree with the Koch bros on..

Oct. 07 2013 03:37 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The more that is revealed about de Blasios ultra left wing "progressive" socialist past, the greater chance Lhota will be able to defeat him.

Lhota CAN win but it will be a tough fight - for the future of NYC.

Oct. 07 2013 11:57 AM

Defending charters, pointing out that de Blasio went to a specialized HS: "What's good enough for him ought to be good enough for all NYers"

^^Everyone knows that the specialized high schools only teach about 2% of the total schoolage population. But you don't need to go to a specialized HS to get a good education.

Joe Lhota says focus needs to be on creating jobs 1) Attract new tech industries. 2) Tax/subsidies to keep companies.

^^Tech industries are great, but they are also very mobile. The high cost of doing business here has already forced some tech companies to move elsewhere. Also tax subsidies isn't the sole reason to keep companies here - demand does.

Joe Lhota says size of NYC gov has doubled in recent years: "It's the primary reason why affordability is a huge issue in this city."

^^Puhleeze! The reason why affordability is a problem in this city is because we had a mayor who thought that only millionaires and billionaires should live here. Also, the average joe can't compete with some financier who lives on the other side of the world who wants to pay $20M for an apartment that he'll never live in just so he can park his money somewhere.

Lhota criticizes Bberg reliance on consultants, says helped grow size of gov - "I haven't seen one productive thing come from outsourcing."

^^This is the one thing that I agree on. And if anything has caused an increase in the city's expenditures, its this.

Oct. 07 2013 11:44 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Here is one of the most complex questions you can ask Mr. Lhota, but it is also one of he most important and challenging: Is he suspicious of so-called "public-private partnerships"? I think you may find that any suspicions he may have about "public-private partnerships" is cancelled out by the extent that he favors them.

Why is suspicion deserved? In a Daily News story back when Mr. Lhota was he was MTA chief Mr. Lhota conveyed the misimpression that Forest City Ratner built a new New York City subway entrance at the "Barclays" arena as a `free' gift to the public. Free? Hardly! Not when the city was committing billions of subsidies to Atlantic Yards that far outpace the cost of that improvement and this was a supposed to be provided in return.

Oct. 07 2013 11:42 AM
Elizabeth from Bronxville

LHOTA is mistaken about the city offering free health care to all. If someone does not have a primary care physician or nurse practitioner who knows the patient, they go to the emergency room for routine care. Emergency room visits cost much more than a clinic visit. We need affordable health care for everyone. Then patients will go to clinics where they don't have to wait hours to be seen for five minutes. And the cost of health care in NYC will go down.
Lhota's statement about free health care was infuriating and infuriatingly untrue.

Oct. 07 2013 11:02 AM
Dan from Sunset Park

Oh, yeah, one more:

Lhota: "You need to show up in person to get a dog license.

Reality: You can get and renew dog licenses by mail.

Oct. 07 2013 10:47 AM
Dan from Sunset Park

Lhota: "Some charter schools are very good."

Reality: On the same note, some regular public schools are very good too.

Lhota: "We should delay Obamacare because some states aren't ready."

Reality: Any states that aren't ready are in that position because they actively blocked preparations to make political statements.

Lhota: "Tax breaks to Fresh Direct was necessary because they were going to move to New Jersey."

Reality: FD was considering moving to NJ because NJ was going to give them tax breaks. Take the tax breaks off the table and allow rational economic decisions to be made.

Oct. 07 2013 10:45 AM
John from Brooklyn

Was the claim actually made that healthcare and hospitals are FREE in New York? This is a LAUGHABLE statement. Oh yes Lhota is "unemployed and knows what it's like to buy insurance..." Riiiiight -- I'm sure he's been to a hospital in the past without insurance at some point in the past twenty years... Had he been, he'd know what it's like to be badgered for thousands of dollars by collection agencies for services that he NEEDED at the time. This is NOT FREE HEALTHCARE. Only a delusional, out-of-touch fool who thinks New York voters are idiots would make this claim.

Oct. 07 2013 10:42 AM
Katie Kennedy from Huntington, NY

Brian, how could you not point out that Lhota's "free health care in New York" is free ONLY to those uninsured, and it clogs emergency rooms with non-emergency cases, and the rest of New York is paying the health care bill of those with no insurance.

Oct. 07 2013 10:39 AM
Vivienne Lenk from Queens

Don't you just have to love that Joe Lhota wants a CITY GOVERNMENT job at the same time he calls for getting rid of many city workers, and without saying what kind of a job he would guarantee those shed workers. Mr. Lhota, one should have to "show up," to register items; a robot and the internet cannot assess honesty.

Oct. 07 2013 10:39 AM
Arianna from Rockaway NY

Lets clarify the nuance that Lhotta left out in his point about healthcare in New York. People can walk into the hospitals he mentioned for free EMERGENCY CARE, not every day healthcare or PREVENTATIVE CARE, which is what actually would save the city so money. Uninsured people seeking emergency care from the City of New York cost the city millions of unreimbursed dollars. To say that that system works is very backward thinking. If these people were insured they could seek regular preventative care so as well as emergency care from their health insurance companies, instead of the taxpayers of the city of NY who foot the bill right now.

Oct. 07 2013 10:39 AM
Rene Calvo from Harlem

I can't believe you let that out right lie of his go unchallenged. There is only free health care in NYC for people who live below the poverty line. if you make above 11 thousand a year you have to pay. And if you don't pay the hospitals sell your debt to collection agencies. One used to be able to go to the clinics 20 years ago and eventually see a doctor for a modest fee (around 50 dollars). Now you can't even get into a clinic because they are jammed by all of the people who can't afford insurance anymore. The last thing we need is a mayor who lives in a fantasy world where problems are "political positions" and not real issues. You can tell he never rides the subways because his number one priority is to fix the potholes.

Oct. 07 2013 10:38 AM
redrabbitnyc from Manhattan

The privatization of public education is a criminal campaign that Joe Lhota supports. If we know the cutting-edge educational approaches and strategies that work, why not apply them systemically across ALL NYC public schools so that ALL NYC students benefit? Make that our vision and our goal!! No, the charter school movement is nothing more than a nationwide corporate takeover of one of the bastions of democracy. We ought to fight it as if our lives depended on it -- because they do.

Oct. 07 2013 10:38 AM
NSNY from Brooklyn

So Lhota is trying to obscure the subject of the Affordable Care Act by saying that our doctors and hospitals are already great? That's not what ACA is about, it's about making healthcare affordable for everyone, not a system that critiques and aims to improve the quality of care. I think that's why he stumbled when you asked him about NYers already shopping on the exchanges, because he knows the's trying to misconstrue and confuse people and make them think that NYers are paying for something that they already have by supporting ACA. We don't need a politician that's going to talk like the typical Republican, trying to obscure the facts by talking about things that are completely irrelevant.

Anyone who's tried on their own to find health insurance knows that we have the worst rates in the nation. $450/mo will get you essentially catastrophic insurance - and that's if you're under 35 and healthy with no pre-existing conditions. If you want a real health insurance plan, you face $1,000/mo. through Empire Blue. I am very much looking forward to the ACA leveling the field. NY is NOT one of the best places when it comes to insurance. Try NJ where premiums are under $350 for a single person for a real insurance plan, and a company cannot deny you for pre-existing conditions.

Oct. 07 2013 10:36 AM
fuva from harlemworld

So is he advocating for people to get healthcare through emergency rooms? Of course, that is not healthcare; that's stop-gap management of health emergencies that mainly come from lack of healthcare...The verdict is out on Obamacare, but NY premiums are dropping so far.

Oct. 07 2013 10:34 AM
Sue from Manhattan

The only reason everyone doesn't have equal access to health insurance is because of the REPUBLICANS on the Supreme Court. Obamacare if fully upheld by the Court would have expanded health insurance to pretty much everyone but the Court permitted states to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid. In the mean-spirited states governed by Republicans, many of them refused the Medicaid expansion, leaving the neediest out of the health insurance expansion envisioned by the ACA.

Oct. 07 2013 10:34 AM

Is this man saying anything?

Oct. 07 2013 10:32 AM
Mia from Manhattan

"I'm unemployed right now. I know what it's like to look for health care."

Oh, cry me a river! Is he for real???

Oct. 07 2013 10:31 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Candidates who don't understand the health care law or how the system works or doesn't work should not try to talk about it. Wow!

Oct. 07 2013 10:31 AM
Buzz Roddy from Bronx

Where is this free health care he's talking about? If you go into a public hospital, they will treat you, but it is not free. You will be sent an outrageous bill and be dunned for years if you don't have the money right away. Explain please?

Oct. 07 2013 10:31 AM
Sue from Manhattan

Ed from Larchmont -- Oh, please. Yes, there is hope for NYC, no matter how many abortions are performed here. NYC has (mostly) thrived for centuries, and abortions have been performed here that whole time (it's just that they were unsafe, unsanitary and killed desperate women prior to Roe v Wade).

Oct. 07 2013 10:30 AM
seamus from BKLYN

Free healthcare in NYC? This man has lost his mind.

Oct. 07 2013 10:30 AM
lk from Brooklyn

Dead wrong on charter schools. They are a way of privatizing and they are making profits off of our children. They do cherry pick, they do not do better on testing, some have harsh discipline and expel children who don't fit in. They create a two tiered system where they co-locate. They are cheaper because they use inexperienced untrained teachers who have rapid turn over. Talk to the parents whose kids have been kicked out of charters, talk to the educators who have been fighting charter schools which are private enterprises with highly paid executives. Talk to the brilliant Diane Ravitch!

Oct. 07 2013 10:23 AM
Sue from Manhattan

Lhota, the corporate welfare candidate.

See Bill de Blasio on jobs:

Come on, Lhota would come out against rent control/stabilization if elected; it's one of the NYS/C Republicans' main goals to get rid of it, because of their obsession with "free market" forces (although of course we don't really have a truly free market -- remember the billions of our tax dollars going to corporate welfare).

Suddenly he's concerned with the environmental impacts of Fresh Direct, once he's called on it. And he says about de Blasio that he'll say anything to get elected!

Who cares if he's pro-choice and pro-equality? He's a filthy REPUBLICAN!

I'd cut off a limb before voting for this guy.

Oct. 07 2013 10:20 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

I'd love to know where Mr. Lhota stands on the sell-off of NYC public assets generally. There is a lot of this going on, sale of public housing playgrounds, sale of parks, sale of hospitals, sale of schools for "redevelopement" and for creation of co-located charters, sale of hospitals, but for me the quickest, clearest litmus test on the subject is the sale and shrinkage of libraries?

Oct. 07 2013 10:20 AM

So the circumsion issue isn't a public health issue?

Oct. 07 2013 10:20 AM
BK from Hoboken

Ed from Larchmont- welcome to the topic of the day- mayoral election, not abortion. Jeez.

Oct. 07 2013 10:20 AM
ina from NYC

Lhota on the government shutdown -- 30 extremist are holding the government hostage -- yet he says the President should negotiate. Negotiating with extremists, that is his proposal.

Oct. 07 2013 10:19 AM
Joel Schwalb from Nyack, NY

Read James Surowiecki in today's New Yorker about why Obamacare is good for small business.

Oct. 07 2013 10:17 AM
mc from Brooklyn

NYC is paying a penalty for its employees' health plan--what??!!

Check your facts, please.

Oct. 07 2013 10:17 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Mr. Lhota says that the only way to address the question of inequality is jobs.

What about libraries? Where does Mr. Lhota stand on the sale, shrinkage and underfunding of libraries? Mr. de Blasio has come out against the sell-off of libraries.

Don't libraries help address income inequality?

Oct. 07 2013 10:12 AM
Ed from Larchmont

NYC is the abortion capital of the world. Until that changes, do you think there is any hope for this city, no matter what else is done?

Oct. 07 2013 10:11 AM
SKV from NYC

Oh, wow, what a COMPLETELY misrepresentated and disingenuous description of the FreshDirect situation. They got a HUGE tax subsidy (something like $165 million in taxes we're not collecting) and there's NO WAY they would've moved to New Jersey and paid -- what is it, $12 and rising? -- for each delivery truck to cross into NY from NJ.

Mr. Lehrer, do your job, challenge these mis-statements!

Oct. 07 2013 10:11 AM
john from office

I will be working for and voting for Mr. Lhota. It is unfortunate that he is being painted into a corner by the National Republican party that is imploding. Mr. Lhota is not of the crazy right Tea party branch of the party. I did think twice when he said he voted for Romney/Ryan, a dual I detested.

Oct. 07 2013 10:09 AM
Pablo Alto from m

Mr. Lhota is prevaricating regarding charter schools and the manner in which monies are allocated to educate our children. As for his talk about economic expansion through job creation...true to the extent that people can find a good job. When the jobs being created require "Do you want fries with that?" as a prerequisite, there is a problem.

Oct. 07 2013 10:08 AM
antonio from baySide

Considering the recent uproar which occurred when Mr. Lhota was painted as a tea-party republican, did Mr. Lhota consider running as a throwback 'liberal republican' or a 'independent?'

Oct. 07 2013 10:05 AM
Sue Shepard from Manhattan

I'm a registered Democrat and so are most of my friends. To a person we are voting for Lhota because, unlike de Blasio, he will continue the legacy of Bloomberg who is leaving the city in much better shape than previous mayors.

Oct. 07 2013 10:04 AM
Sue from Manhattan

Ugh, the Barry Goldwater/Rudy Giulliani candidate. Fuggedaboudit!

Oct. 07 2013 10:03 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Deblasio campaign motto-

"Handcuff the police - not the poor criminals"

Deblasio campaign motto #2-

"Experience and proven competence are way overrated."

Oct. 07 2013 06:57 AM

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