TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) – As expected, Bill de Blasio coasted to victory over his republican challenger Joe Lhota, to become the first democrat to win the Mayor’s office of New York City since the 1980s.
During Tuesday’s night victory speech, de Blasio continued his theme of building a New York that works for all. “We are all at our best when every child, every parent, every New Yorker has a shot and we reach out greatest heights when we all rise together,” he said.
Lhota was still defiant, yet gracious in defeat. “I can honestly say we conducted our campaign with integrity and with substance…Let it be known, I will not spend one moment of my future regretting what might have been,” he said in a brief concession speech.
Incumbent Chris Christie scored a decisive victory over Barbara Buono, thanking voters for another term as Governor of New Jersey. “The biggest thing I’ve learned in the past four years about leadership is that, leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening, about bringing people around the table,” Christie said.
Another big race in Nassau County saw County Executive Ed Mangano squash the comeback attempt of former County Executive, Tom Suozzi. A high voter turnout in several Nassau County precincts made all the difference for Magano, winning with 59% to Suozzi’s 41%.
Over in Brooklyn, six-term incumbent Charles Hynes was defeated, for the second time, in a landslide by Kenneth Thompson for District Attorney. It is the first time a sitting incumbent District Attorney has been voted out of office since 1955.