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De Blasio job approval rating drops, poll shows

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job approval rating has dipped almost 10 percent in two months despite voter optimism about the next four years, according to a newly released poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey, released Tuesday, showed 45 percent of city voters approve of the job de Blasio is doing, down from 53 percent in a January 16 poll by the school.

A Quinnipiac University poll taken shortly after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in March 2002 found he had a 62 percent approval rating.

Voters, however, still, have high hopes for de Blasio. Sixty-five percent are optimistic about the next four years under his watch. Thirty-three percent believe De Blasio will make life better for them and their families, while 22 percent say he will make life worse and 38 percent say he will have no effect.

“Mayor de Blasio’s overall job-approval numbers are off a bit, but still positive. And he gets solid marks on the standard pollster traits –leadership, honesty and understands people’s problems,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

“But his hand-picked police commissioner, William Bratton, and his fellow citywide elected official, Comptroller Scott Stringer, both out-score him,” Carroll added.

Bratton received a 57 percent job approval rating in the poll and Stringer got a 53 percent score.

De Blasio did fare slightly better than Public Advocate Letitia James, who got a 44 percent approval rating, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who had 41 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll also showed him with a better rating than a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist survey from earlier this month that gave de Blasio only a 30 percent job performance rating.




Poll: NY voters strongly support legalization of medical marijuana

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After Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a program that would research the feasibility of medical marijuana in the state last month, a new poll shows New York voters strongly support the plan.

The results of a Quinnipiac University survey, released Monday, found that 88 percent of state voters back the legalization of medical marijuana.

In his January State of the State address, Cuomo said he would launch a pilot medical marijuana research program that allows up to 20 hospitals to provide medical marijuana to patients being treated for serious illnesses.

A majority of voters, 57 percent, also support legalizing a small amount of pot for personal use, according to the poll.

Though medical marijuana use received overwhelming backing from every group polled, its recreational use created a divide among both gender and generation groups.

Sixty-three percent of men support legalizing the drug for recreational purposes, versus 51 percent of women. Eight-three percent of voters 18 to 29 years old back the legalization, with 57 percent of voters 65 and older opposing it.




Senator Schumer endorses de Blasio, Staten Island Borough President Molinaro backs Lhota

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Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota both received endorsements from New York electeds Friday.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was supporting fellow Democrat de Blasio in the race for mayor, saying he “will be a progressive mayor with an economic growth agenda that will lift all boats.”

“New York needs big, bold ideas to meet the challenges before us, and a laser focus on making sure the economic pie is shared more equitably with all New Yorkers. Bill de Blasio is the leader to achieve these goals, and I will do all I can to help make these objectives become reality,” said Schumer in a statement.

The senator is just one of several notable Democrats, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have endorsed de Blasio this week.

Lhota won support from Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro today, who previously backed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the Democratic mayoral primary.

Molinaro is a member of the Conservative Party.

“Staten Island is benefiting enormously from all the great accomplishments made during Joe Lhota’s tenure as Deputy Mayor, including the free ferry service, establishment of The Petrides School, the opening of Pratt Paper, and the closure of the Fresh Kills landfill,” said Molinaro in a statement. “Then and now, Joe Lhota has the experience, the leadership skills, and the common sense judgment to lead our City forward and continue to help Staten Island prosper.”

The endorsements follow the release of a Quinnipiac University poll on Thursday night that showed de Blasio with a 66 to 25 percent lead over Lhota among likely voters.

It’s the second poll this week to show de Blasio beating Lhota by double digit numbers and winning voter support on most issues.



Poll: De Blasio surpasses 40 percent needed to avoid runoff

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The Democratic nominee for mayor could be decided by next week according a new Quinnipiac University poll.

With 43 percent of likely Democratic voters saying they would pick Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to head the city, he surpasses the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

The survey results, released Tuesday, show former City Comptroller Bill Thompson with 20 percent, followed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 18 percent, former Congressmember Anthony Weiner with 7 percent , 18 percent, City Comptroller John Liu with 4 percent, former Councilmember Sal Albanese with 1 percent and 8 percent undecided.

De Blasio has been the front-runner since an August 13 Quinnipiac poll, and surged ahead to 36 percent in an August 28 survey.

Previously, Quinn had been the leader in the mayoral race, but has fallen to third place since last week’s poll.

“Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s collapse could be part of a seeming New York tradition of throwing female candidates under the bandwagon wheels. Well-known women such as Carol Bellamy, Mary Codd and Ruth Messinger all came up short,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In the September 3 poll, women likely Democratic primary voters went 44 percent for de Blasio, 19 percent for Thompson and 18 percent for Quinn. Male voters went 41 percent for de Blasio, 20 percent for Thompson and 18 percent for Quinn.

Though the poll showed a runoff may not be necessary, in that situation, de Blasio would win over Quinn 66 to 25 percent and Thompson 56 to 36 percent. In a Thompson-Quinn runoff, Thompson would lead over Quinn 59 to 33 percent.



De Blasio surges ahead in latest mayoral race poll

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After taking over as the front-runner earlier this month, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio now has a double-digit lead over his mayoral primary opponents, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

In the August 28 survey, 36 percent of likely Democratic voters said they would vote for de Blasio.

That number is close to the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. If the September 10 primary winner does not reach that percentage, the top two vote-getters will face each other in an October 1 election.

Following de Blasio in the poll was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 21 percent, former City Comptroller William Thompson with 20 percent, former Congressmember Anthony Weiner with 8 percent, City Comptroller John Liu with 6 percent, former Councilmember Sal Albanese with1 percent and 8 percent undecided.

The poll also showed that de Blasio would win over Quinn and Thompson in a runoff by a healthy margin. In that situation, he would lead Quinn 59 to 30 percent and Thompson 52 to 36 percent.






Poll: Voters more comfortable with female, openly-gay than biz executive mayor

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New Yorkers are ready to have a woman lead the city, but are less interested in having another business executive as mayor, a new poll found.

Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the poll said 64 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of having a woman candidate be mayor and 27 percent are enthusiastic about it. The poll also found that 63 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of a gay candidate in office, while 15 percent are enthusiastic about the idea.

If elected, mayoral favorite City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would be the first female and openly-gay mayor of New York City.

“Council Speaker Christine Quinn is edging up toward that magic 40 percent that would make her the Democratic nominee without a primary run-off,” director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Maurice Carroll said.

Quinn also holds a lead over her business executive counterparts. The poll found that only 47 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of a business executive candidate as mayor, and only 10 percent enthusiastic about the idea.

“Only being a business executive draws significant negative votes in a mayoral candidate,” Carroll said.




MTA head Joe Lhota resigns to explore mayoral run

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Following the MTA board’s approval of his fare hike proposal, CEO and Chairman Joe Lhota announced that he will resign, effective December 31, to consider running for New York City mayor in 2013.

At the announcement, Lhota said that he would make “no further comment” on his mayoral candidacy until early January, when he will announce his decision.

The approved fare and toll changes, which raise the MetroCard base and unlimited fares, reduce the discount, as well as increases ticket prices on the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North, and raise tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels, are Lhota’s last hoorah as the agency’s head, and could conceivably hurt his chances among voters.

Post-Sandy polls showed that the majority of New Yorkers were pleased with how the MTA responded to the superstorm and its aftermath, but voters are fed up with the frequent fare hikes.

His party could also be an obstacle.

After two decades, the city will likely have a Democratic mayor again.

A November Quinnipiac University poll found that if Lhota ran for mayor as a Republican he would lose to an unnamed Democratic candidate 60 to nine percent. Forty-five percent of those surveyed also disapproved of how Lhota is handling his job as the head of the MTA.

Current mayor Michael Bloomberg, who ran for his first two terms as a Republican before switching to an Independent before his third run, is expected to endorse City Council Speaker and Democrat Christine Quinn, and reportedly even asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run.

Another former mayor, Rudy Giuliani, however, is expected to endorse Lhota, who served as his deputy mayor for operations. Giuliani also reportedly encouraged him to run.

The MTA chair also worked in investment banking, was an executive vice president for the Madison Square Garden Company, and served as the city’s budget director and commissioner of finance, before Governor

Andrew Cuomo appointed him as head of the transit agency in November 2011.

Before facing a Democrat, Lhota needs to win the Republican primary, where he could run against newspaper publisher Tom Allon, billionaire grocer John Catsimatidis, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrión Jr. and Doe Fund founder and president George McDonald.

The same November Quinnipiac poll also found that Lhota would lose to Carrión 62 to 11 percent.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon. High of 73. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tuesday night: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 64. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT of the DAY: An Evening with Don Francisco, Celebrating 50 Years of Sábado Gigante

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Don Francisco —a.k.a. Mario Kreutzberger. In a rare New York appearance, the variety show host will participate in an intimate discussion with a special guest moderator and show a selection of unforgettable clips from his Saturday night show’s 50-year history presented by Univisión. Sábado Gigante is the longest-running variety show in television history, and Don Francisco has been there from the beginning, hosting more than 2,600 episodes. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Girl struck by stray bullet while doing homework returns home for rally

A Queens community is saying enough is enough to gun violence after a teenager was shot while doing homework. Read more: CBS New  York

College student starts petition for Metro-North stop in Queens

A college student from Queens has launched a petition urging the MTA to open a Metro-North station in Queens. Quinnipiac University sophomore Ali Fadil, 18, of Whitestone, began collecting signatures about two weeks ago after he learned the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was looking at running trains on Metro-North’s New Haven line through western Queens. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens men get 6 1/2 years for role in fatal 2010 stabbing

Two Queens men were thrown in prison today for their role in the death of a good Samaritan who came to the aid of a transgender man the pair were bothering. Read more: New York Post

Second American Airlines flight returns to JFK after row of seats comes loose

Planes have been grounded and the feds are now investigating American Airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration is probing two separate instances of rows of airplane seats dislodging in mid-air. Read more: CBS New York

New Brooklyn arena serves as a test: Will fans accept smaller sodas?

At the amenity-laden Barclays Center in Brooklyn, hungry concertgoers can dine on fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls, gourmet barbecue brisket and slices of cheesecake from Junior’s on nearby Flatbush Avenue. Read more: New York Times

Candidates prep for debates; No. 2s campaign

The presidential candidates are leaving the heavy lifting of campaigning to their running mates Tuesday as they spend one more day preparing for their first debate, scheduled for Wednesday night. Read more: ABC New York/AP


NYC voters less likely to elect atheist, born-again Christian as mayor

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Though most New York City voters do not consider religion a factor in choosing the next mayor, a Quinnipiac University poll released today found that New York City voters are less likely to elect an atheist or born-again Christian than a Muslim or a Mormon.

According to the results, 30 percent of city voters are less likely to vote for an atheist and 27 percent are less likely to elect a born-again Christian; they also said that they were 24 percent less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate and 19 percent less likely to choose a Muslim. But 61 percent of voters said that religious positions would not affect their vote.

The poll also asked voters about other characteristics outside of religion: 16 percent are less likely to vote for an overweight or obese person, 10 percent are less likely to vote for a gay or lesbian mayor and 1 percent said they are less likely to elect a woman.

The last two characteristics are particularly important since Christine Quinn is one of the top candidates in the 2013 New York City race for mayor. If she wins, Quinn will be the city’s first female mayor and the first openly gay one.

But those factors will have little effect on voters. The poll found that 29 percent of New York voters are planning on voting for her in the Democratic mayoral primaries. In second place was City Comptroller William Thompson with 10 percent and 9 percent of voters said they would elect city Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer received 4 percent and only 1 percent of city voters said they would cast their ballot for newspaper publisher Tom Allon.

Quinnipiac also polled city voters about the recent Chick-fil-A controversy. The majority of voters (74 percent) believe a “business owner’s controversial or unpopular opinions should not affect the ability to get government permits to do business,” and that “elected officials should not try to discourage people from patronizing such a business.”


New York voters favor Cuomo as governor, not as president

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The majority of voters in New York state said that Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing a good job in his current position, but aren’t as enthusiastic about him running for president in 2016, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Cuomo’s approval rating was 73 percent, and was viewed favorably among Democrats and Republicans. He fared slightly better in New York City than in the rest of the state (69 versus 75 percent).

Only 36 percent of state voters thought that Cuomo should run for president in 2016. But 40 percent said he would do a good job as commander in chief. In New York City, voters were only slightly more in favor of Cuomo becoming president.

Though she no longer represents New York, voters prefer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the White House. When asked who would make a better president, 54 percent of voters said Clinton and 30 percent said Cuomo. Sixty percent of voters in the city favored the former first lady.