In the mayoral race, it’s the tale of two candidates. Voters in the city haven’t had such a distinctively different choice since Rudy Giuliani ran against David Dinkins in 1989 and lost.
Bill de Blasio has energized the democratic base with his pledge to be the voice for the forgotten, the city’s middle class,while republican Joe Lhota is running as the candidate who has the managerial skills to make New York safe, secure and business friendly.
It’s estimated that $50 million have been spent on the campaign. A de Blasio victory will cost the city almost a million dollars over the next four years because he will take the $225,000 a year salary. Billionaire mayor Mike Bloomberg didn’t accept the salary, instead opting to take just $1 a year.
A victory for de Blasio would make him the first democrat to occupy City Hall since Mayor Dinkins left and the first real progressive mayor since John Lindsay.