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by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jul 17, 2013
 

After a primary election that was sometimes bizarre and overly wonky, the mayoral race has come down to two major candidates: Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota. So far, de Blasio and Lhota have declared competing visions of the city: the former continuing his mantra that the city has become divided because of increasing income inequality, while Lhota argues that he is the best candidate to continue the successful trajectory of the metropolis under Michael Bloomberg's administration.

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There are, of course, multiple third-party candidates, including top independents Adolfo Carrión and tech entrepreneur Jack Hidary. Comedian-turned-candidate Randi Credico and preacher Erick Salgado are also make return appearances in the general election.

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GENERAL

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Bill de Blasio (D)

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Biography: Bill de Blasio is New York City's third public advocate. He was elected in a runoff against former advocate Mark Green. Before that, he served in the City Council from 2001 until December 2009 as a representative from southern Brooklyn. He also ran Hillary Clinton's 2000 U.S. Senate bid, was the regional director for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, director of operations for the New York City Council, and a special assistant in the Dinkins administration.

Adolfo CarrionAdolfo Carrión Jr. (Independence Party)

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Biography: Adolfo Carrión gained national notoriety when he was named the first White House Director of Urban Affairs by Barack Obama in 2009. In 2010, he left the post to become the regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's New York and New Jersey Regional Office; he remained there until 2012. Before his involvement with the White House, Carrión was active in New York politics, serving on the City Council and being elected twice to the position of Bronx Borough President. He was also instrumental in bringing about the new Yankees Stadium.

Randy CredicoRandy A. Credico (Tax Wall Street)

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Biography: Credico is a former comedian who ran for senator in 2010 and is currently running for mayor of New York on a platform similar to that of the Anti-Prohibition Party.

Anthony GronowiczAnthony Gronowicz (G)

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Biography: A scholar who holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in New York City history, Gronowicz has run for office on the Green Party line on a few occasions. According to his website, he is a faculty advisor to the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches a course on social and political history at the City University of New York's School for Professional Studies.

Jack Hidary

Jack Hidary (I)

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Biography: Sometimes referred to as a "serial" tech entrepreneur, Hidary announced in July that he would run for mayor as an independent and avoid the primary election. The Brooklyn native founded Earthweb in 1994 and helped establish the reputation of Silicon Alley as an up-and-coming hub for technology startups. Earthweb restructured after he left as CEO and became Dice Holdings. Hidary has also been engaged in public service, including with the Partnership for New York City and the Citizens Budget Commission.

Joseph Lhota

Joseph Lhota (R)

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Biography: Lhota was the former deputy mayor and budget director for Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also served as the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a post he left to run for mayor in 2013.

Erick SalgadoErick Salgado (School Choice)

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Biography: The Rev. Erick Salgado was pushed into the 2013 mayoral race by fellow evangelical Christian Ruben Diaz, Sr. Salgado is the leader of the Hispanic Clergy and also runs the Spanish-language radio station Cantico Nuevo.

PRIMARY

Sal AlbaneseSal Albanese (D)

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Biography: A former public schools teacher and City Councilman, Sal F. Albanese had been out of politics for 15 years before deciding to return in his bid for mayor. With deep support in southwestern Brooklyn, which he represented during his time on the Council, he is counting on a message to the middle class to win City Hall.

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Bill de Blasio (D)

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Biography: Bill de Blasio is New York City's third public advocate. He was elected in a runoff against former advocate Mark Green. Before that, he served in the City Council from 2001 until December 2009 as a representative from southern Brooklyn. He also ran Hillary Clinton's 2000 U.S. Senate bid, was the regional director for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, director of operations for the New York City Council, and a special assistant in the Dinkins administration.

Adolfo CarrionAdolfo Carrión Jr. (I)

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Biography: Adolfo Carrión gained national notoriety when he was named the first White House Director of Urban Affairs by Barack Obama in 2009. In 2010, he left the post to become the regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's New York and New Jersey Regional Office; he remained there until 2012. Before his involvement with the White House, Carrión was active in New York politics, serving on the City Council and being elected twice to the position of Bronx Borough President. He was also instrumental in bringing about the new Yankees Stadium.

John CatsimatidisJohn A Catsimatidis (R)

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Biography: A Greek-born billionaire, Catsimatidis runs the Gristedes grocery chain. He ran for Mayor in 2009, but dropped out once Michael Bloomberg announced he would run for a third term. Having never held public office, Catsimatidis is still no stranger to politics, consistently playing the role of major donor for both Republicans and Democrats.

Kevin P. CoenenKevin P. Coenen (D)

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Biography: After an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2009, Coenen is running again in 2013.

Randy CredicoRandy A. Credico (L, Anti-Prohibition)

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Biography: Credico is a former comedian who ran for senator in 2010 and is currently running for mayor of New York on a platform similar to that of the Anti-Prohibition Party.

Anthony GronowiczAnthony Gronowicz (G)

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Biography: A scholar who holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in New York City history, Gronowicz has run for office on the Green Party line on a few occasions. According to his website, he is a faculty advisor to the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches a course on social and political history at the City University of New York's School for Professional Studies.

Jack Hidary

Jack Hidary (I)

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Biography: None.

Joseph Lhota

Joseph Lhota (R)

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Biography: Lhota was the former deputy mayor and budget director for Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also served as the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a post he left to run for mayor in 2013.

liu j 20John C Liu (D)

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Biography: Born in Taiwan, John Liu immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 5. He attended New York City public schools, graduating from the Bronx High School of Science in 1985, and received a bachelor's in mathematical physics from Binghamton University in 1988. He went on to work as a manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Liu was elected to City Council in 2001 and chaired the Transportation Committee. He was overwhelmingly elected as comptroller in a runoff election last fall against David Yassky. Liu, his wife and their son live in Flushing.

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Philip A. Marks

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Biography: None.

George T. McDonaldGeorge T. McDonald (R)

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Biography: A former garment industry executive, George T. McDonald founded the Doe Fund in 1985. A charity that aids the homeless, the Doe Fund's main purpose is funding the Ready, Willing & Able program, which provides homeless people with jobs and education. He has unsuccessfully run for U.S. Congress three times.

quinn c 3Christine C Quinn (D, WF)

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Biography: First elected to the City Council in 1999, Christine Quinn became speaker in 2006 — the first openly gay person to hold the powerful position. She has been extremely outspoken in support of same-sex marriage. Her legislative agenda has focused on housing and health. Her time as speaker has been marked by her cooperation with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, helping to engineer the extension of term limits and blocking measures such as paid sick leave. Her actions in the FY2012 budget talks — where she helped avert teacher layoffs — and the fading on Anthony Weiner's political star are widely seen as greatly boosting her chance to follow Bloomberg in 2013.

Erick SalgadoErick Salgado (R)

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Biography: The Rev. Erick Salgado was pushed into the 2013 mayoral race by fellow evangelical Christian Ruben Diaz, Sr. Salgado is the leader of the Hispanic Clergy and also runs the Spanish-language radio station Cantico Nuevo.

William ThompsonWilliam C. Thompson, Jr. (D)

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Biography: After losing a closer-than-anticipated race for mayor in 2009 to Michael Bloomberg, Bill Thompson is back at it again in 2013. Best known as the city's Comptroller from 2002 to 2009, Bill has also served on the Board of Education and as the chairman of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority. He is currently the chief administrative officer and senior managing director at Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Company LLC, a public financing firm.

Anthony WeinerAnthony Weiner (D)

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Biography: Now known more for his personal rather than public life, Anthony Weiner was an up-and-coming U.S. Representative until an infamous sexting scandal forced him to resign from office. His career in politics began in the New York City Council - for a time he was its youngest member ever - and in 1998 he ran for the U.S. House. He won, and was considered by many to be the front-runner to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor in 2013. But, after details emerged that he was still sexting with at least three women after departing from Congress, his bid for City Hall floundered and his popularity dropped in the polls.

INTERVIEWS

Gotham Gazette's exclusive election interviews with the mayoral candidates:

Sal Albanese

Bill de Blasio

Adolfo Carrión

Joe Lhota

Bill Thompson

Christine Quinn

Anthony Weiner




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