At 9 p.m. last night, just as the polls were closing and the city’s weary poll workers roused from their slumber to head back home, someone popped out of the BLVD club on Bowery and hung a David Yassky for Comptroller sign on the door.
BLVD was the sight of Yassky’s would-be victory party, but Read More
The polls for the run-offs are now closed.
Earlier, a few readers offered their predictions. Most expect Bill de Blasio and John Liu to win, on an expected turnout of fewer than 200,000, with Working Families Party organizational support overwhelming endorsements and earned-media buzz (such as it is).
As Ben Smith noted, race Read More
John Liu and Bill de Blasio greeted each other with a warm embrace at a Sept. 25 event in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Despite the fact that each of them heads into Tuesday’s runoff elections for comptroller and public advocate with a massive, labor-fueled organizational advantage, they both drew heavily on the underdog tag during their Read More
The comptroller debate between John Liu and David Yassky was more confrontational than in the past, with the main issues being who tells the truth and who flip-flopped on term limits.
Each said he was “sad” that his opponent wasn’t talking about the issues.
Speaking to reporters after the debate, Yassky said his decision to Read More
Observer intern Kate McGee gets John Liu’s response to David Yassky’s ad, which the campaign is calling “negative” and “desperate.”
“He pledged to fight the extension of Term Limits before voting to overturn a referendum that New Yorkers upheld twice,” said a spokesman for Liu, Juanita Scarlett.
“And, let’s not forget that he Read More
David Yassky is out with an ad pushing his argument that John Liu is dishonest. He raises three main points and cites Daily News articles for verification.
The issues raised are about Liu returning contributions, discovering fraud at the M.T.A. and claims to have worked in a sweatshop.
Liu addressed each Read More
A new poll out today from Quinnipiac University says the two run-off elections for comptroller and public advocate are pretty close, if not in a dead heat. Which, coupled with an expected tiny turnout, means Get Out the Vote will be particularly important.
This year, that's a very good thing for the Read More
Melinda Katz endorsed David Yassky for comptroller on the City Hall steps this morning, saying he "has the honesty and integrity to watch the city taxpayer dollars."
Katz, who is from Queens, said the endorsement was not a dig at Yassky's opponent, John Liu, of Queens, whose claims to have worked in a sweatshop Read More
A reader pointed out to me last night that more people voted in the public advocate and comptroller primary races than in the mayoral primary.
Granted, the public advocate and comptroller races were competitive and garnered more attention. But it’s funny to think of primary voters showing up at the polls and actually not voting Read More
Kate McGee pulls a couple of quotes from Brian Lehrer's interview with the comptroller candidates in which he asked them what the point of the office is.
John Liu: “This is the chief financial officer in the city. Not CFO in the traditional sense that works very closely with the CEO.But Read More