The new Mayor of New York: Bill de Blasio
The Democrat wins with 72 percent of the vote
Bill de Blasio has been elected yesterday as New York City’s first Democratic mayor in two decades, after running an unabashedly liberal, tax-the-rich campaign that contrasted sharply with billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s record during 12 years in office.
Advocating the public, De Blasio took 72 per cent of the vote compared with 26 per cent for Republican Joe Lhota, former chief of the metropolitan area’s transit agency.
De Blasio, 52, will take office on January 1 2014, as the 109th mayor of the nation’s largest city.
“Today you spoke loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city,” de Blasio told a loud crowd of supporters at the YMCA in his home neighbourhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, a far cry from the glitzy Manhattan hotel ballrooms that usually host election night parties.
“We are united in the belief that our city should leave no New Yorker behind,” he said. “The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it together as one city.”