New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio chose William Bratton to be the city’s next police commissioner, returning him to the job he held for two years until he resigned in 1996 after a falling-out with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
On New Year’s Day, when Bill de Blasio becomes New York City’s 109th chief executive, Democrats will control the mayoralty and council for the first time in two decades. That won’t necessarily make his job any easier.
Around the side or back doors and down 10 steps of the single-family homes in Ozone Park, Queens, lies a netherworld of illegal basement dwellings -- a byproduct of New York’s chronic housing shortage.
Joseph Lhota celebrated his victory in New York’s Republican mayoral primary with a 17-minute speech in a packed Manhattan ballroom. He said his dad was a city cop and his mother worked so her kids could attend parochial school.
New York Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota, who trails Democrat Bill de Blasio by about 40 points in the polls, compared himself to the movie hero “Rocky” in predicting an upset victory in the last debate before the Nov. 5 election.
Bill de Blasio, who built his underdog campaign for New York mayor on promises to restrain police stop-and-frisk tactics and reduce income inequality, won election by a wide margin, putting a Democrat in City Hall for the first time in 20 years.
Voters today select mayors in New York, Boston and Detroit, governors in New Jersey and Virginia, and decide ballot issues in six states in the biggest test for the parties since the Tea Party-led U.S. government shutdown.