Anyone clicking on the website christinequinn.com for information about the leading New York mayoral candidate might be surprised to see her characterized as a paranoid “political hack” who “runs a shell game.”
“Are we having fun yet?” Joseph Lhota, head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, wrote on Twitter Oct. 28, two hours after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the largest U.S. transit system would shutter as Hurricane Sandy approached.
Louis J. Freeh, the former FBI director who took on two of 2011’s biggest scandals last month, joins the ranks of former high-ranking government officials trying to sell reputations for integrity following careers fraught with controversy.
William Thompson still boasts about how in 2009 he came within 4.3 percentage points of denying New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg his third term even though the billionaire incumbent outspent him 10 to 1.
Joseph Lhota, who led the New York subways’ return to service days after Sandy’s floodwaters inflicted the worst damage in the system’s 108-year history, has told associates he’ll resign Dec. 21 as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman.
In 1989, New York Mayor Edward Koch was running for a fourth term. He was defeated by a 16-year-old, Yusuf Hawkins, a black New Yorker who was surrounded by a white mob in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, before being fatally shot in the chest. The mob had formed in part in response to a rumor that a black or Hispanic teen from outside the largely Italian-American neighborhood was dating a local girl.