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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

WNYC is on the scene at campaign headquarters in New York and New Jersey. Our reporters are sending in dispatches about what they see and hear as election night unfolds.

Patricia Willens, at Bloomberg Headquarters, 12:09am

Bloomberg says he'll be back at work bright and early tomorrow morning, promising to ...

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At the Concession Stand

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Mayor David Dinkins and Mayor-elect Rudolph Giuliani shake hands on the steps of City Hall November 3,1993. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor David Dinkins and Mayor-elect Rudolph Giuliani shake hands on the steps of City Hall November 3, 1993. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1989, ...

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Education - The Candidates Make Predictions

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On education, the candidates once again traded barbs over whether the schools have improved with Mayor Bloomberg in charge of the vast system of more than a million students. Bloomberg again asserted that Thompson "ran" the old Board of Education, which was abolished by the state in 2002. Again, Thompson ...

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One Week Left in NJ Gov. Race-- Issue 27: Property Taxes

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Brian Lehrer speaks with the independent candidate for New Jersey Governor, Chris Daggett, who discusses his plan for NJ taxes and his strategy for the final week of the election.

And the Governor of New Jersey, Democrat Jon Corzine, discusses his approach to taxes and what he thinks ...

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Mind the Gap: Can Bloomberg Deliver on Promise?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Education is sure to come up during the final debate tonight between Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Bill Thompson. In his speech outlining his goals for a possible third term, (Bloomberg predicted that by 2013, “families from around the nation ...

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Issue 26: Education and the Mayor's Race

Monday, October 26, 2009

Brian Lehrer discusses education with mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and a campaign aide for Mayor Bloomberg.

Thompson discusses an article in the New York Times, which examines his actions regarding Mayor Giuliani when Thompson was president of the Board of Education. He also talks about the future ...

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Candidates Spar Over Education in New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate

Saturday, October 17, 2009

With just a few weeks to go before election day all eyes are on New Jersey, where the only Gubernatorial contest with the re-election of a Democratic incumbent at stake is unfolding. The White House hopes to ease the fears of members of Congress anxious about their own 2010 races by sending the party’s biggest names to the Garden State to campaign on behalf of Governor John Corzine. Vice President Biden will visit New Jersey on Monday, with former President Clinton stopping in on Tuesday and President Obama arriving on Wednesday.

There are over two weeks to go in this marathon slugfest, the major party candidates sharpened their attacks during Friday’s Gubernatorial debate at William Paterson University. Republican hopeful and former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie cast Governor Corzine as out of touch with a state reeling from skyrocketing foreclosures and near double-digit unemployment figures. Corzine countered by linking Christie to so-called “trickle-down economics” that only favor the rich.

Meanwhile, the presence of Independent candidate Chris Daggett appeared to be changing the dynamics of the contest. Daggett took both men to task for end-running state campaign finance laws by benefiting from negative ads paid for by out-of-state special interests. Daggett continued to tout his plan to cut property taxes by expanding the sales tax for services used by the state's wealthier households. And in a sign that it's now a three-way race, Christie took time to attack Daggett's plan as a burdensome tax increase.

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Republican Candidates: Don’t Forget About Us

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York City has had Republican mayors for 16 years. But Republican candidates without the notoriety of Rudolph Giuliani or the wealth of Michael Bloomberg have a much harder time in a city where registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans by at least 5-to-1. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, the two ...

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First Mayoral Debate Wrap Up

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tonight, Mayor Bloomberg and his Democratic challenger, City Controller Bill Thompson, met in their first face-to-face debate of the campaign.

WNYC reporters analyze some of the candidates' statements.

Education: Who's in Charge?

Beth Fertig reports:

The very first question was about the negative tone of the campaign, but both Mayor ...

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Billionaire Mayor Re-Invents Office

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bloomberg, Al Gore, and a small army of volunteers push around the eco-friendly white paint on the roof top of a Queens YMCA (photo by Jerry Speier).

Bloomberg, Al Gore, and a small army of volunteers push around the eco-friendly white paint on the roof ...

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First Mayoral Debate Between Thompson and Bloomberg

Monday, October 12, 2009

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On Tuesday, Democratic candidate for mayor Bill Thompson will meet the man he’s trying to unseat – Mike Bloomberg – in a mayoral debate that’s likely to include questions about term limits and education reforms. It’s the first debate ...

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Impact of Daggett Endorsement In NJ Governor's Race

Monday, October 12, 2009

Independent candidate Chris Daggett

Independent candidate Chris Daggett


New Jersey's largest newspaper made an unconventional endorsement in the race for New Jersey's governor. The Star-Ledger of Newark came out in support of Independent Chris Daggett on Saturday. The paper says ...

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Latest Endorsements for Mayoral Race 2009

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Today Bloomberg was endorsed by John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress (he did not support Bloomberg in 2005), Dennis Rivera, a national health care leader (he supported Ferrer in 2005), Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Jackie Hilly, Executive Director ...

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Candidates Clash in NJ Gov. Debate

Friday, October 02, 2009

The three candidates for New Jersey governor met in their first debate last night, and the state of the economy was front and center. Facing off on NJN television, Democratic Governor Jon Corzine, Republican challenger Chris Christie, and Independent candidate Chris Daggett offered sharply different proposals ...

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Thompson on Brian Lehrer on Housing

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bill Thompson at a Bronx Fair

Bill Thompson at a Bronx Fair


Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is taking Mayor Bloomberg to task for supporting development plans that he says have created too many luxury apartments and not enough ...

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Bill Thompson, On 30 Years in Politics, On His Father and On Being Fiery

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bill Thompson, City Comptroller and Mayoral cadidate 2010 (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Thompson, City Comptroller and Mayoral cadidate 2010 (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)


Bill Thompson is the Democratic nominee for mayor and has been involved in New York City politics for more ...

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Is the Eminent Domain Process Fair?

Monday, September 28, 2009

As Mayor Bloomberg campaigns for a third term largely on his record of economic development, his Democratic opponent Bill Thompson says ordinary New Yorkers have been left out of the decision-making process. Whether the city's use of eminent domain for economic development is unfair was up for debate today as ...

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Comptroller Run-off Debate

Friday, September 25, 2009

In their last debate before Tuesday's run-off election, the two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for City Comptroller faced off last night. Councilmen David Yassky and John Liu were cordial, but they clashed sharply on issues from term limits to each other's integrity.

Listen to the debate:

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Public Advocate Run-off Debate

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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The two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for New York City Public Advocate faced off in one last debate last night, and it was a contentious one. The debate began with Mark Green and Bill de Blasio accusing each ...

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Comptroller Candidates Debate Pension Reform

Monday, September 21, 2009

John Liu at the Teamsters Hispanic Heritage Celebration

John Liu at the Teamsters Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The two remaining Democratic candidates for city comptroller are racking up endorsements and staking out positions as the clock runs down to the runoff election next ...

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