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Joe Lhota officially enters mayoral race


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Lhoto photo courtesy of MTA/Flickr / Additional photos courtesy of Twitter (@JoeLhota)

It’s official. Joe Lhota, former CEO and chair of the MTA, is a mayoral candidate.

On Thursday Lhota filed papers with the Board of Elections to become the 109th mayor of New York City.

This morning on his newly created campaign website and Facebook page as well as on both his personal and campaign Twitter accounts he made the announcement:

He also tweeted an image with the slogan “A mayor for all of New York, proven leadership” and a photoshopped picture of Grand Central’s Mercury clock  with “Joe Lhota for Mayor” written below it.

The ex-transit head stepped down from his MTA position at the end of 2012 so he could ponder his candidacy, and said he would make his final decision on running in early January.

Lhota, a former deputy mayor for operations during the Rudy Giuliani administration, will reportedly run as a Republican.

Among his own party Lhota is a top contender, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of New York City voters said they would vote for Lhota in a Republican primary for mayor.

Coming in second was supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis with nine percent, followed by newspaper publisher Tom Allon with five percent, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion with three percent and Doe Fund founder George McDonald with two percent.

But 53 percent of those surveyed were still undecided.

The same Quinnipiac poll also found that voters would back several potential Democratic candidates, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller William Thompson, over Lhota by a 3-1 margin or more.

 

 

Ex-MTA chief Lhota closer to mayoral run


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA/Flickr

Former MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota is on the fast track to a mayoral bid.

According to media reports, at a New York Building Congress luncheon Monday, Lhota said that he intends to file papers to run for mayor this week.

“I would not have left the MTA, a job and position that I loved, if I was not going to run for mayor of New York,” he said yesterday.

Lhota stepped down from his position heading the city’s transit agency last month in order to explore running in the 2013 race.

When he announced his resignation on December 19, Lhota said that he would make his decision on running for New York City mayor in early January.

A former deputy mayor for operations during the Rudy Giulianni administration, Lhota is expected to run as a Republican and get the endorsement of his ex-boss.

 

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