Today City Council Speaker Christine Quinn answered questions concerning her future and the mayoral race. She spoke at a City Hall press conference announcing city council bills concerning the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and an organic waste composting pilot program. After discussing the primary topics, Quinn took questions about the mayoral race for about 5 minutes. She appeared tired, with an element of loss apparent, but kept a smile going throughout. She was most animated in responding to a question premised on the notion that New York is “apparently incapable of electing a woman mayor.” She disputed the premise and spoke excitedly of the day when that will happen.
Legislative Priority for Remainder of Term?:
I asked Speaker Quinn whether she has a legislative priority for her remaining time as speaker.
Update – Extended Clip:
Here is the portion of the press conference in which Speaker Quinn discusses the mayor’s race. It runs about 5 minutes.
Anthony Weiner could not, in the end, escape his past. As his supporters waited inside at a primary election party, Weiner’s one-time sexting partner waited on the street hoping to confront him. His staff arranged a sneak entrance, devising a route which took him through a McDonald’s two doors up the street and into a freight elevator shared by the McDonald’s and the party venue. It was a poor end to what had been in many ways, despite a low vote total, a well-done campaign.
We spoke with Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis as he wrapped up his last primary campaign appearance. We began by asking him whether running has been what he expected, or whether there have been any surprises. We also spoke about his spending and whether, without yet knowing the election outcome, he would have changed any tactics.
Eliot Spitzer voted this afternoon in a prototypical Spitzer event: arrive on-time, take care of the business at hand expeditiously and move on. He arrived right on time at his polling place, Manhattan’s P.S. 6, went inside, voted and came out. Total time from arriving at the school steps to back in the car, including a 1/2 block walk? About 7 minutes. That includes just over 1 minute talking to the press. You can watch that 1 minute press availability right here.
The only glitch? A reporter, from the New York Post I believe, wanted to ask “where is your wife?” Here’s what happened.
We have video from Anthony Weiner’s visit to his polling place. Accompanied by his young son, Weiner discussed the campaign as reporters and photographers came along for what is virtually certain to be the last day of his mayoral campaign. It was vintage Weiner: steady on his standard talking points, open to questions and giving a few flashes of humor, all while projecting a fairly positive attitude despite the likely election results.
We spoke briefly with Fernando Ferrer, former mayoral candidate, former Bronx Borough President and current Chairman of the MTA, about how he’s enjoying the 24 hour Thompson campaign odyssey that he is part of. We spoke during hour #10.
Mayoral candidate Erick Salgado held a rally on the steps of City Hall today together with Adolfo Carrion, a Democrat now running for mayor on the Independence Party line in November’s general election. Together, Salgado and Carrion called for latino Democratic voters to vote for Salgado in tomorrow’s primary. Salgado addressed what he views as racist exclusionary tactics deployed against him during the race. He also weighed in on Michael Bloomberg’s recent characterization of Bill de Blasio’s campaign as “racist.”
Republican mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis participated in a televised debate today, hosted by WNBC-TV and co-sponsored by NBC 4 New York, The Wall Street Journal and Telemundo Nueva York. It was a friction-filled face-off, with the candidates down to the last 48 hours of the campaign.
We have video from the candidates’ post-debate media availabilities.
Joe Lhota & Rudy Giuliani:
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