2013 ELECTIONS: NYC Mayor

Bill de Blasio Has Commanding Lead

The General Election is just days away and 15 contenders are listed on the ballot to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but Democrat Bill de Blasio has maintained a commanding lead in the polls.

(L-R) Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio

(L-R) Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio

As a Brooklyn resident, former regional housing official for President Bill Clinton and with eight-years under his belt as Councilman, de Blasio said he would fight for the middle class by opposing frequent school co-locations and closures, demanding further tenant’s rights and increasing job opportunities.

With his wife and two children, de Blasio has campaigned on the notion of a “Tale of Two Cities,” where the middle class is in danger of vanishing. He said he wants to expand the accessibility of affordable housing and healthcare, increase taxes on the wealthy to fund early-childhood education and build better police-community relationships by reining the use of Stop and Frisk tactics.

A Bronx resident, Republican Joe Lhota served as the City’s former budget director and deputy mayor, and also as head of Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lhota said he wants to expand transit service so it fits with the dynamics of the growing neighborhoods.

Lhota does not agree with de Blasio’s plan to tax the wealthy; instead he wants to give out incentives to businesses that hire more New Yorkers, which goes in line with his vision of expanding the economy.

On the topic of affordable housing, Lhota said he wants developers to dedicate at least 20 percent of their units to affordable housing.

Addressing the Stop and Frisk policy, Lhota said changes have been made to the system since training for police officers have changed three times and stops have been reduced by 40 percent.

Former school teacher and two-term Bronx Borough President, Independent Party candidate Adolfo Carrion, is polling a distant third behind his major part, rivals.

- Trisha Sakhuja