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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