Election Results Open Thread

The polls closed a few minutes ago, and the Times is reporting exit poll results in the Democratic mayoral primary that closely track the polls we’ve been seeing the past few weeks. Bill de Blasio is flirting with the 40 percent threshold to avoid a run-off. If de Blasio doesn’t clear 40 percent, Bill Thompson seems to have the edge on Christine Quinn to get into the one-on-one run-off. The comptroller contest is looking like a toss-up, and Dan Squadron and Tish James may be headed for a run-off in the public advocate race.

If I recall correctly, four years ago the City Council results were available around midnight.

And how about a round of applause for all the volunteers who worked their tails off to raise the profile of street safety and transit as campaign issues this election cycle? Whatever the outcomes tonight, they’ve changed local politics for the better.

  • Eric McClure

    I’ll second that, Ben. Those of us who support and advocate for safe and complete streets have a lot of which to be proud.

  • Not to jinx it, but the early returns look promising for Carlos Menchaca and at least a few other StreetsPAC candidates gunning for open council seats.

  • Menchaca, Reynoso, Torres, Constantinides, and Levine are in great shape. Very good news in those districts.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to StreetsPAC, candidates now know that livable streets are not only good policy but good politics.

  • Larry Littlefield

    If Thompson makes the runoff, it will be because of votes from Florida.

    That’s who he benefitted by remaining silent as Comptroller as retroactive pension deals passed, and as a candidate as benefits and take home pay were slashed for future public employees. A pledge to maintain or even increase that difference in well being is probably what got him union support. And in the last election for the teacher’s union, the retirees outvoted the teachers.

  • Anonymous

    I think the biggest victories are Reynoso and Menchaca. They had a former Albany powerbroker and an incumbent as competition. The two open races in the Bronx were also great candidates – Torres and Gibson. Those are relationships that are going to great partners in extending the benefits of safe streets to the Bronx.

    Toughest loss was Vince Morgan, who had an uphill battle in taking in two time incumbent Inez Dickens.

    Now onto the run-off and general elections.

  • Anonymous

    Mathieu Eugene won again. A bad day (and coming years . . .) for a large swath of Brooklyn residents desperately in need of effective representation, particularly for safe streets.

  • John

    🙁 48.3% At least there are term limits.

  • Anonymous

    Big fan of Reynoso and agreed that the victory over Lopez was a big one. Diana Reyna (et. al.) 2 – Vito Lopez (et. al.) 0 in the past two city council elections. Reyna and now Reynoso are big proponents of complete streets in the district, and I expect further good stuff in the years to come.

  • Ian Turner

    I’ll second that, the reelection of Inez Dickens is bad news.

  • Joe Enoch

    It’s unfortunate Wymore couldn’t take District 6. Rosenthal is a pretty good candidate as well, but Wymore would have been a big win for safer streets advocates given the fact that he made that one of the primary goals of his campaign and was quite possibly the greatest ally to the cause.

  • tee gee

    menchaca also dealt a blow to real estate interests by negating their hefty $168,000 shadow donation to gonzalez….the largest to any candidate and they still lost by 1100 votes.

  • Bolwerk

    NYS and NYC should each have their own (or maybe each should share a) single central pension and benefits bureaucracy. DOE should be focusing on education, not labor issues. MTA should be focusing on transit, not labor issues. And do on….

    I, for one, still think it’s absurd that public employees get benefits that us private individuals aren’t entitled to.

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