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Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Introduction (Part I of V)

Gracie Mansion, official residence of the mayor of NYC

In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.

Polls have indicated that Bill de Blasio holds a commanding lead over likely voters with numbers up to 71 percent. Commentators have stated these numbers would suggest de Blasio is comfortable enough not participating in debates when the numbers are in his favor.

But the debate on October 9th made me laugh since all of the commentators, reporters to candidates, had no clue what to do. What made me frustrated is the ignorance of those in the media, as to be expected, on why de Blasio is making such gains and the reality of his appearance in this race. Therefore, I decided to do an analysis over the three major candidates — Lhota, Carrion and de Blasio — while placing into context the situation in New York City.

The election for the next mayor is on November 5th, 2013, therefore I will post up separate analysis for each of the candidates. I will target:

  • Their background
  • Their policies
  • Their significance in this election

Due to college season of midterms, I cannot guarantee each post will be up every Saturday (my ideal date). However, I will have the five-part series up before the November 5th election.


This comes at a time where the United States has 60% of Americans clamor for a third party because Republicans and Democrats are doing a poor job. Moreover, more than four in 10 Americans state that capitalism is not working “working not too well (26%) or not at all well (16%).” Society is failing and the ruling class is closely examining this in order to come up with a solution to their benefit.

This analysis does not come from a perspective of endorsing any candidate. Indeed, none of the candidates, I can personally say, are ones I would vote for in the election.

However, I will place their role among the factors currently occurring not only in New York City, but across the globe. It is possible to see how this impacts debate in the United States as both parties try to re-establish legitimacy in the public’s eye. It is by far an interesting event and a thorough analysis can help explore not only this author’s view, but those who are curious on the election.

This is not an attempt to play sectarian and I will further discuss that in my analysis. Rather, it stems from a genuine interest on this election and why it is occurring with so many events.

This is much to discuss with these candidates and our future. These are individuals that, from what I saw, get a free pass in the media and are not scrutinized to a point where voters can critically think about the system these people are running in.

The next election follows Mayor Michael “Moneybags” Bloomberg and his problems that he left for the city. Whatever the case may be, the successor will have quite the job to take over.

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