Political Roundup: Today’s public advocate runoff to decide Democratic nominee


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Public advocate runoff today

The city’s only runoff race this election season, between public advocate Democratic candidates Councilmember Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is today. Polls close at 9 p.m.

James received 36 percent of the vote in the September 10 primary and Squadron 33 percent. A citywide candidate must get at least 40 percent to avoid a runoff.

This year’s runoff election, which is expected to have a low voter turnout, has drawn criticism over its reported cost of $13 million.

Article reveals de Blasio’s father committed suicide

In an article published Monday, September 30, the New York Post revealed that de Blasio’s father committed suicide at age 61.

“While this has been a private part of my family’s life, it is now clear a media story will soon emerge.  My father tragically ended his life while battling terminal cancer in 1979.” de Blasio said in a statement released just minutes before the story appeared online.

De Blasio also spoke about the suicide in a WNYC radio interview. It will reportedly be his only interview on the subject.

Though de Blasio has never publicly discussed his father’s death, he has said that he was raised by his mother’s family, the de Blasios, since his parents divorced when he was a child. This experience led him to later legally change his birth name, Warren Wilhelm Jr., to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm then to Bill de Blasio.

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New York Gov. Cuomo’s approval falls to less than 50%, poll finds

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job performance rating dropped below 50% for the first time, according to a new poll released Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

De Blasio fesses up to past arrests

Bill de Blasio admitted Monday that he has been arrested twice for protesting Washington’s policies towards Central America. Read more: New York Post

Bloomberg’s health policy acts as wedge

In nearly 12 years at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg advanced a robust public-health agenda on tobacco, food and drinks that broke new ground but was also deeply controversial—an approach that divides the two major-party candidates running to succeed him. Read more: Wall Street Journal

In a bid for outer-borough Dems, Lhota proposes road-widening

A Staten Island Democrat named Judy had a pressing question for Joe Lhota on Monday night. Read more: Capital New York

Senate panel approves Caroline Kennedy for envoy post

Caroline Kennedy moved a step closer toward becoming the United States’ next ambassador to Japan. Read more: CBS New York/AP