Today In Politics: Will Lobbyists Return with a Non-Billionaire Mayor?

Friday, November 01, 2013

We won't know until Tuesday night who the next mayor will be, but one thing we know for sure— he won't be a billionaire. And that has implications for who will have influence at City Hall.

Tom Robbins is investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former columnist for the Village Voice. He said New Yorkers should expect to see lobbyists in City Hall again.

"Bill de Blasio, if he is elected, he is someone who is going to owe a lot of favors," Robbins said on WNYC. "They're coming in right now in the form of large checks from clients and people associated with some of the biggest lobbyists who work New York City government for contracts, leases, zoning changes, all the things that are needed by the private sector from the government."

To hear the full interview with Tom Robbins, click audio above.


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