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WNYC News

As Foreign Leaders Gather at UN, Mayoral Candidates Talk 1980s Latin America

Monday, September 23, 2013

American policy in Latin America 25 years ago has become an issue in this year's mayoral race. Republican Joe Lhota seized on a New York Times story about Democrat Bill de Blasio's past activism in Nicaragua.

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Schoolbook

Ravitch Criticizes Testing, Charters

Monday, September 23, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, education historian Diane Ravitch came out swinging against the new Common Core learning standards, charter schools and what she called Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "academic apartheid." Listen to the full interview.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: Lhota's "Great Expectations"

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Bill de Blasio is now the undisputed Democratic nominee for mayor and quickly reeling in the endorsements, while Joe Lhota has a steep path to climb to become mayor of New York City.  But Michael Bloomberg was also way behind at this point in 2001 and faced skepticism.

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WNYC News

New Yorkers Want Change: Poll

Thursday, September 19, 2013

WNYC

Voters say the city needs a new direction by a two-to-one margin, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday afternoon.

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WNYC News

With Sharpton Meeting, Lhota Underscores Difference from Giuliani

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota spent part of his day on Tuesday reaching out to constituencies not likely to support him. That included a private meeting with Reverend Al Sharpton in Harlem, who famously and regularly sparred with former Mayor Giuliani, Lhota's old boss. 

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WNYC News

Quinn Endorses de Blasio

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It was a campaign that began with verbal punches and escalated at one point to a slap in the face between supporters. But, in the end, there was an embrace.

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WNYC News

Lhota Kicks Off General Election Campaign at Chabad Center

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota visited a Chabad-Lubavitch center in Queens today, where he paid his respects to the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson. Schneerson, a Chabad-Lubavitch leader, died in 1994. Thousands of people from around the world visit Schneerson's grave and leave blessings and prayers. Lhota also left a blessing, saying it was private but had to do with "the future of New York City."

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WNYC News

Lhota Wins One Election, Lays Out His Message For The Next

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota won the Republican primary for mayor last night, beating out billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis and Doe Fund founder George McDonald. And by the end of the night, he had already begun campaigning against the first place finisher in the Democratic primary, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

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WNYC News

This Week In Politics: Primary Countdown

Saturday, August 31, 2013

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It's Labor Day Weekend and that means there's only one full week left before the Sept. 10 primary election. 

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Transportation Nation

Remove Pedestrian Plazas? GOP Candidates Say Maybe So

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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When the Republican candidates for NYC mayor gathered for a televised debate Wednesday night, they took three different stances on Mayor Mike Bloomberg's preference for pedestrians and plazas. 

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WNYC News

Audio: GOP Mayoral Primary Debate

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Stream and download audio of the first GOP mayoral primary debate between Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis, and George McDonald, with post-debate analysis from WNYC's Amy Eddings and Andrea Bernstein. Audio courtesy of CBS2 News. You can also watch the debate online here.

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WNYC News

Candidates Seek Voters Despite Summer Sun

Monday, July 08, 2013

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While voters look for ways to keep cool, candidates in races around the region are trying to pick up some steam.

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WNYC News

Why Money Raised for Mayoral Bids Is Deceiving

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Democrat Bill Thompson had the biggest haul of all the mayoral candidates this filing period — but because of the city's campaign finance rules, those numbers are deceiving.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: Corruption and What Happens When Pols Speak Off the Cuff

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Joe Lhota calls Port Authority police officers "mall cops," as other candidates tap dance around the politics of bike lanes. And Corruption sweeps Albany. Again.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lhota Praises Bloomberg Policing, Thinks Sandy Response Fell Short

Thursday, May 02, 2013

"It was maybe the best speech I've ever heard a mayor of New York give," says former MTA chairman and mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, on Mike Bloomberg's claim that an NYPD Inspector General would hamper policing and counter-terrorism efforts. 

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Transportation Nation

NYC Mayoral Candidate Lhota Likes Bike Share, But the Racks, Notsomuch

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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Yet another New York City mayoral candidate is trying to parse the bike issue. Republican Joe Lhota used the shock some people felt at the sudden arrival of docking stations as a way to distinguish himself from Mayor Bloomberg's management style. But, Lhota said, he's "absolutely in favor of" bike share, and in "no way, shape or form" means to criticize bike share or bike lanes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bush v. Gore 13 Years Later; Who Smokes Pot; Joe Lhota

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has said that perhaps the high court should not have taken up Bush v. Gore. Hear what her comments tell us about the 5-4 decision, public opinion, and potential future cases. Then, a May series on marijuana legalization kicks off with Mark Kleiman, who is advising Washington state on their legalization efforts. He’ll discuss the demographics of who smokes marijuana. Plus: Former MTA chairman Joseph Lhota talks about his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor, and his policies for stop-and-frisk, emergency preparedness and the environment; and a conversation about rationing and consumption.

Transportation Nation

Transport Workers, Needing to Bargain With NY MTA Chair Prendergast, Open With Praise

Friday, April 12, 2013

Now that the NY MTA has a new chairman in Tom Prendergast, and Local Transport Workers Union 100 has a recently re-elected president in John Samuelsen, the two sides can now sit down hammer out a contract.

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WNYC News

Scandal Forces Candidates to Confront Issue of Corruption

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WNYC

A corruption scandal is rippling through the New York City Mayor's race. A day after federal prosecutors indicted six people for conspiring to place Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith on the Republican ballot for mayor, candidates in the current field are working to distance themselves from from the lurid tales of money and politics that prosecutors laid out.

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WNYC News

Slamming Oversight, Lhota Says City Needs to 'Un-Handcuff' NYPD

Monday, April 01, 2013

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota says Council Speaker Christine Quinn's support for a new police Inspector General is "reckless and dangerous."

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