Bill de Blasio, a seasoned political operative from Brooklyn, proclaimed that the city had chosen a “progressive path” as he became the first Democrat to be elected mayor in more than 20 years on Tuesday. Riding a campaign that tapped into widespread discontent with the direction of the city under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio trounced his main rival for the job, Republican Joe Lhota, with a margin of about 49 percentage points. It's the largest mayoral landslide since 1985. This means the end for Commissioner Kelly. De Blasio will now take his agenda to Albany, and it could be a paradigm shift for the relationship between city and state. He's likely going to bring a number of close allies along with him into office. Avoiding special interests will be a test for the new mayor. For example, the pro-de Blasio super PAC, New York Progress, spent more than $1 million on television ads painting Lhota as a Tea Party Republican.
In other races: Kenneth Thompson defeated Charles Hynes for Brooklyn DA, again. Voters approved of new casino businesses for the state. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will become the city's new comptroller. And voters sent 21 new members to the City Council, ushering in new left-wing era.
Voters reported problems to WNYC at 40 poll sites across the city, they vented about scanning glitches on Twitter, and NYPIRG surveyed 31 poll sites and found malfunctioning scanners at 19 of them.
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Cuomo Wins Big With Casino Ballot Measure: Gov. Andrew Cuomo scored a huge victory at the polls on Tuesday — and his name wasn’t even on the ballot. READ
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