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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.



Political Roundup: De Blasio talks post-Sandy recovery plan; officially avoids runoff

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De Blasio tours Far Rockaway; discusses long-term Sandy recovery plan

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio toured Far Rockaway Sunday to discuss his long-term Sandy recovery plan with residents and community leaders.

As part of his plan, de Blasio calls for supporting community-based disaster preparedness, expanding natural storm barriers and protections, strengthening the city’s infrastructure, adopting green and flood-resistant technologies, improving resiliency of power systems and creating living wage jobs as part of the rebuilding process.

“Eleven months after Sandy, our challenge to rebuild and recover remains greater than ever,” he said in a statement. “Recovery must come faster in these neighborhoods and I’m committed to listening to the needs of working families and vulnerable communities.

His visit and plan, however, received criticism from Republicans.

“We’re glad Mr. de Blasio found his way out to the Rockaways today, but his visit in the height of campaign season is insulting to the residents who have suffered during his failed time in office. Where was Bill when people truly needed an advocate in government? Once again, Bill de Blasio’s rhetoric does not match his record. The people of the Rockaways won’t be fooled by his blatant political maneuvering in pursuit of a promotion,” his GOP opponent in the race, Joe Lhota said in a statement through campaign spokesperson Jessica Proud.

Republican Congressmember Michael Grimm a Lhota supporter, blasted de Blasio’s plan calling it “completely asinine.”


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High-cost runoff for public advocate’s post prompts calls for reform

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Bloomberg says ‘it would be a sin’ to block health care reform now 

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Hurricane Sandy beach rebuilding to continue if government closes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Hurricane Sandy beach rebuilding efforts will continue even if the federal government shuts down Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York 

Blame game rife as Dems, GOP try to avert shutdown 

Republicans and Democrats blamed each other Monday as they took the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Read more: AP


James, Squadron to vie for Democratic public advocate nomination in runoff

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The race to determine the Public Advocate Democratic nominee is still not over.

Councilmember Letitia James, who received 36 percent of the vote and State Senator Daniel Squadron who received 33 percent, with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results, will go on to a runoff next month.

If any citywide candidate doesn’t get at least 40 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters must face each other in another election on October 1.

“Over the next 21 days, we’ll keep talking about my record—about results, reform, and integrity. And we will talk about my plan to make the public advocate’s office essential to our city, getting results for New Yorkers who need them,” Squadron said in a statement.

“Thank you to all of our supporters. We wouldn’t have gotten this far without you. Now let’s bring it home.”

Going into the race, Squadron had an endorsement from the New York Times and Senator Charles Schumer, who Squadron once worked for as an aide.

James had the backing of numerous elected officials and unions.

Following the news of the runoff, James, on Twitter, also thanked her supporters, expressing that she was already looking ahead to the runoff in a few weeks.

The three candidates eliminated were Reshma Saujani, Former Deputy Public Advocate and founder of Girls Who Code, Cathy Guerriero, a professor of education and politics, and Sidique Wai, a civilian member of the NYPD.

Out of the citywide primaries, the public advocate race garnered the least attention and may have left the most voters undecided.

According to the results of a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll poll released on August 16, 51 percent of registered Democrats said they were undecided about which candidate to support.

Established in 1993, the Public Advocate is not only the city’s “watchdog, ensuring that all New Yorkers receive the city services they deserve and have a voice in shaping the policies of their government,” but is also second in line to the mayor.

The winner of the October runoff will face Green Party candidate James Lane and Libertarian candidate Alex Merced in the general election on November 5.

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Mostly cloudy with rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 82. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday night: Overcast with thunderstorms, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 73. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Free screening of Juno at Astoria Park

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Public advocate candidates clash on qualifications, seek to defend spotty voting records

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