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James makes history with public advocate win; Stringer elected as comptroller


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The city has elected its new public advocate and comptroller— Letitia James and Scott Stringer.

Councilmember James’ win makes New York City history. As the next public advocate, she is the first woman of color to hold citywide office.

“Yes, this is indeed historic because our government must be representative of all New Yorkers,” James said in her victory speech.

“Although history is important and I am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together, what I’m really proud of is of the fact that we ran a campaign centered on progressive ideals and a commitment to New York’s working families,” she added.

James, who faced no Republican in Tuesday’s general election, won with 84 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

The November 5 election was the third time voters could cast their ballots for James in the public advocate race.

James placed first in the September Democratic primary with 36 percent of the vote, but it wasn’t enough to reach the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

In the October 1 runoff, James, who represents District 35, faced off against fellow Brooklyn politician State Senator Daniel Squadron. She won with 59.4 percent of the vote.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer did have a Republican opponent in the comptroller race, John Burnett, a former Wall Street executive, but easily won with 81 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

“I want everyone in this city to know that I will be a comptroller who serves our city with honesty and integrity. A comptroller who listens to the voices of New Yorkers in all five boroughs so that we can work together in shaping the future of this great city,” Stringer said in his victory speech.

Like James, his biggest challenge came in the primary.

Stringer was looking at a guaranteed Democratic nomination until former governor Eliot Spitzer decided to enter the race in July.

Though Spitzer had the stigma of a prostitution scandal that forced him to resign as governor in 2008, initial polls showed him ahead. But in the days before the election, they rightfully predicted a close race. Stringer defeated Spitzer with 52.1 percent of the vote.

Updated 2:05 a.m.

 

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Stringer beats Spitzer in comptroller primary


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Eliot Spitzer’s comeback failure was Scott Stringer’s political triumph in the comptroller primary Tuesday.

The Manhattan borough president beat the former governor, earning 52 percent of the vote with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

“I will bring integrity to this office. I will bring experience and leadership. I will make sure that I make you proud,” said Stringer in his election night victory speech.

“And to the people of this city as I continue to get to know you, I want you to know I believe that public office can make a difference. I’ve believed that since I was a little kid. I believe it more than ever tonight.”

Stringer was looking at a guaranteed Democratic nomination until Spitzer decided to throw his hat in the ring.

Following on the heels of Anthony Weiner’s political comeback attempt, Spitzer entered the race less than a week before he had to collect 3,750 signatures from registered Democratic voters to make it onto the ballot.

He was able to meet that July 11 deadline with more than enough support.

Initial polls showed Spitzer ahead of Stringer, but in the days before the election, they showed the race was in too-close-to-call.

Though the former governor had the stigma of a prostitution scandal that forced him to resign in 2008, some argued his name recognition would give him an advantage.

But that advantage may not have worked for the polls that matter.

Stringer will go on to face Republican John Burnett, who has worked on Wall Street, Libertarian candidate and activist Hesham El-Meligy, and Green Party candidate and former school teacher Julia Willebrand in the November 5 general election.

In an additional twist to an already interesting election season, another potential opponent was former madam Kristin Davis.

Running as a Libertarian candidate, Davis spent time in jail for running her prostitution business, and said she provided woman to Spitzer, though those claims were never verified.

She was arrested in August for allegedly selling prescription drugs, and reportedly never filed petitions to get on the ballot.

Poll puts Spitzer ahead of Stringer in comptroller race


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File photo/Photo courtesy of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's Flickr

Voters seem ready to give Eliot Spitzer a second chance.

The results of a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll show the former Governor with a 9-point lead over Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the city comptroller race.

The poll found that 42 percent of registered Democratic voters support Spitzer, while 33 percent support Stringer.

Despite the prostitution scandal that led to Spitzer’s resignation as governor five years ago, 67 percent polled said he deserved a second chance, and 44 percent said he was a changed man. Voters also said they have a more positive opinion of Spitzer than Stringer, according to the poll results.

Stringer was considered the front-runner until Spitzer announced his plans to run on Sunday.

But it’s still not certain that Spitzer will make the September primary ballot.

He has until midnight Thursday to collect 3,750 signatures from registered Democratic voters.

 

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