Bill de Blasio is NYC's new mayor, and other results of yesterday's election
The mayor-elect easily defeated his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, in a landslide victory last night
Wed Nov 6 2013
Photograph: © Nancy Siesel/Demotix/Corbis
To the surprise of pretty much no one, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio easily prevailed over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, in yesterday's election, becoming the 109th mayor of New York City. De Blasio won with a massive 49-point lead over Lhota, and will become the city's first Democratic mayor since David Dinkins left office in 1993.
In his acceptance speech, the mayor-elect reemphasized his commitment to a progressive agenda, but acknowledged that pursuing his goals—ending stop-and-frisk and implementing a universal pre-K program—won't happen overnight. "Our work—all of our work—is really just beginning. And we have no illusions about the task that lies ahead," he said. "But make no mistake: The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together, as one city."
Hooray! De Blasio also received a congratulatory phone call from President Obama, and had what appeared to be the most awkward meeting ever with Mayor Bloomberg earlier today. The new mayor's inauguration is set for January 1.
And in other Election Day news, here's how a few other races shook out:
- Councilwoman Letitia James will replace De Blasio as New York's Public Advocate, and Scott Stringer will become the next comptroller, replacing onetime mayoral candidate John Liu.
- All five boroughs selected presidents; one incumbent (Bronx prez Ruben Diaz Jr.) won, and the other four are newbies to their posts.
- Kenneth P. Thompson defeated Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes in that race; Thompson had already beaten the longtime DA once, in September's primaries, but Hynes later decided to run on the Republican and Conservative tickets. (It didn't work.)
- The controversial ballot measure seeking to expand gambling in New York State passed (paving the way for a Vegas-style casino to someday, possibly land in the five boroughs), while another measure that sought to raise the judicial retirement age to 80 was nixed.
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