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Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer made an appearance on The Colbert Report last night and gets asked some of the hardest questions in the race so far, Politicker reports.

COLBERT: Before we go, one last question. You know, you’re leading in the polls. You could win this thing … Do you think that it seems that voters are more forgiving than they used to be? Do you think that signals progress for our country, or the slow decay of our moral values?

SPITZER: Wow. Wow. That is a tough one.

Elections Mid-Day Update: Quinn Releases TV Ad; 3


Christine Quinn released the first television ad in the Democratic mayoral race, in which she touts her bona fides as a champion of the middle class. The New York Times fact-checks and determines:

The advertisement will test the potency of Ms. Quinn’s central message: love her or hate her, she gets stuff done. But — surprise! — it oversimplifies the messy work of government.

Speaking of Quinn, a new poll also shows her at the top in the field of mayoral candidates. A New York Times/Siena poll shows her getting 27 percent support; Anthony Weiner is second with 18 percent.

Meanwhile, Quinn’s rival in the Democratic mayoral race, Bill Thompson, continues to gather endorsements — this time from key Bronx Democrats. Chris Bragg of Crain’s New York reports that Bronx Councilman James Vacca, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Assemblyman Michael Benedett are set to endorse Thompson later today. Although not surprising, Bragg writes that the endorsements “add to the multi-ethnic coalition the former city comptroller is counting on to propel him to victory in the Democratic mayoral primary." As our demographics columnist, Andy Beveridge, has written, that could be the key to winning this year.

 

Event Of The Day: Mayoral Forum On Food Systems


All of the Democratic candidates for mayor are expected to attend a forum on building and strengthening healthy, affordable and sustainable food systems in New York City.

Food Systems Network NYC, a group working toward universal access to nourishing, affordable food is hosting the event along with 76 other organizations. The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m, doors will open at 5 p.m.

The host has confirmed Democrats Anthony Weiner, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, Bill de Blasio, John Liu and Sal Albanese. Republican John Catsimatidis will also be attending.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Tishman Auditorium located at 66 W. 12th St., Manhattan. Registration to attend the event is closed, but there will be livestream of the forum here.

For more mayoral forums and other events visit Gotham Gazette’s calendar.

— Daniel Stein-Sayles

Mayor's Office


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.

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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Public Advocate


The office currently held by surging Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is widely considered the least powerful on a citywide level. But the public advocate is also next in line to be mayor. Even it's position in the line of succession betrays the actual relevance that the office plays in the city's policy making. While a public advocate certainly has some appointment powers and can introduce legislation — not vote — to the Council, it has no independently funded budget.

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City Comptroller


The comptroller is the city's chief financial officer. Current officeholder John Liu unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for mayor and will be leaving the job at the end of this year. After a Democratic primary between former Gov. Elliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer caused a stir in the 2013 elections, attention now turns to the general eleciton. Stringer eked out a win to get the Democratic nod, but now faces a challenge in businessman and GOP candidate John Burnett.

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Staten Island Borough President


The office of borough president was created at the time of the consolidation of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island into the City of Greater New York in 1898. The idea of borough president, the charter said, was to preserve "local pride and affection." But the presidents' heyday drew to an end in 1989 when the Board of Estimate was eliminated and their powers diminished. Today, the borough presidents make a few appointments, chair the borough boards, and oversee the delivery of services in their boroughs. They can also propose legislation in City Council. (Adapted from "Being Borough President," Gotham Gazette, 2005)

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Manhattan Borough President


The office of borough president was created at the time of the consolidation of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island into the City of Greater New York in 1898. The idea of borough president, the charter said, was to preserve "local pride and affection." But the presidents' heyday drew to an end in 1989 when the Board of Estimate was eliminated and their powers diminished. Today, the borough presidents make a few appointments, chair the borough boards, and oversee the delivery of services in their boroughs. They can also propose legislation in City Council. (Adapted from "Being Borough President," Gotham Gazette, 2005)

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