NYC Next Mayor Llhota or de Blasio?

Submitted by ub on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 20:54

The Republican Candidate is 58 year old Joe Lhota.

He served as Chairman of Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but resigned last year.

Llhota is a former executive vice president of Madison Square Garden. Before that, he served as president of telecommunications company Lightpath, executive vice president of Cablevision and as deputy mayor and budget director for former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who supports his candidacy.

Political platform: Llhota wants to lower taxes, but not the commuter tax, which he will bring back if elected. He vows to reduce the size of government. He defends NYPD's stop-and-frisk procedures and claims he will reform NYC Council's discretionary fund.

Mr. Llhota is married to Tamra Lhota, who is a GOP party fundraiser. He has one daughter, Kathryn.

The Democrat Candidate is 52 year old Bill de Blasio.

de Blasio currently serving as NYC Public Advocate, which is considered a watchdog position.

He is a former NYC councilman representing Brooklyn. Prior to that he was campaign manager of Hillary Rodham Clinton's U.S. Senate bid, also regional director for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and served as an aide to former New York City mayor David Dinkins.

Political Platform: de Blasio claims he will raise taxes on the richest NYC residents to fund universal pr-kindergarten, he will reform NYPD stop-and-frisk tactics, create affordable housing for working-class residents.

de Blasio is married to Chirlane McCray, Democratic party activist. Has one daughter, Chiara de Blasio, and a son, Dante de Blasio.

Given NYC's liberal leanings of the electorate, this primary served as the de facto general election. se Blasio should easily sail to victory in November against Mr. Llhota, the Republican candidate.

There's also Independent candidate and City Island resident Adolfo Carrion. His chances appear to be looking slim even though he was advised early in the race to seek financial support from Latino billionaire businessman Carlos Slim.