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Elections Roundup: Mayoral Candidates Respond to Bloomberg Climate Plan


Rounding up the #NYC2013 news from around the Internet:

Mayoral candidates responded to the wide-ranging climate change adaptation plan unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday. Politicker has most of them here. But of particular interest are the comments from Democrats Anthony Weiner, who was gracious (“There is usually little reward in politics for thinking big thoughts about the distant future.") and Christine Quinn:

"As I’ve said before, strengthening our City against future climate risks, such as the devastation we experienced after Sandy, is this is the single most important infrastructure challenge of our time."

Former subways chief Joe Lhota, the Republican frontrunner, said this:

I commend Mayor Bloomberg for putting in place a roadmap for dealing with the realities of climate change and the impact it will have on our communities. The mayor laid out an ambitious plan that will proactively protect the city in the event of future natural disasters.

See more reactions to Bloomberg’s plan at AdaptNY.com, a project of Gotham Gazette, veteran journalist A. Adam Glenn and DocumentCloud.

The New York Times looks at the re-election campaign of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and finds that, in spite of bad publicity, the incumbent seems to be gaining momentum:

Mr. Hynes has appeared increasingly confident on the campaign trail, racking up endorsements, trumpeting his accomplishments and offering well-honed rejoinders to the criticisms. And, at 78, he has used his longevity to his advantage, frequently noting Brooklyn’s 80 percent decrease in crime since he took office in 1990.

Hynes is facing two competitors in the Democratic primary: Abe George, a former assistant district attorney from Manhattan; and Kenneth P. Thompson, a former federal prosecutor. But the Times reports that both Hynes’ rivals have “have so far struggled to capitalize on his apparent vulnerabilities."

The New York City Campaign Finance Board has a new YouTube channel with video clips from past mayoral debates going back to 1997.

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