New terms, lots of candidates, fiercely fought elections, victories and defeats both surprising and not. Lots happened in 2018 New York politics and we’ve distilled the year into our 2018 Year in Photos.
2017 mayoral election opponents Nicole Malliotakis and Bo Dietl joined forces to protest the release of the “Palm Sunday massacre” killer. Christopher Thomas was convicted on ten counts of manslaughter, but not murder, and sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was recently released, pursuant to state law, after serving 32 of those 50 years. Malliotakis, Dietl and NYS Senator Marty Golden appeared outside Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office in protest.
Mayoral candidates fighting and occasionally smiling, a governor working his fellow electeds and the cameras, a hometown president passing through. Those are among the images in our 2017 photo retrospective.
Shot entirely in the five boroughs, our photo retrospective reflects our 2017 focus on the mayoral election and particularly on challengers looking to defeat Mayor de Blasio. There’s more, however, with a mix of light moments, conflict and loss.
The 2017 mayoral election is over, but the photos live on.
Our photo retrospective covers the race from a 2016 endorsement of Bill de Blasio and a January 2017 appearance by Paul Massey through election night. I’ve chosen this selection from the more than 100 campaign events I attended.
Speaking shortly after he voted Dietl expressed some satisfaction at having run, but with anticipatory disappointment at the expected outcome. He offered a compliment to Mayor de Blasio for funding the NYPD, but also threw several jabs at the mayor. Dietl offered unprompted praise for Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis, describing her as having a “bright future” and saying that he hopes “her day comes one day.”
Here is Dietl’s post-voting press conference:
The second and final 2017 mayoral debate occurred tonight, among incumbent Democrat Bill de Blasio, Republican Nicole Malliotakis and independent Bo Dietl. We have a photo gallery from the scene outside the debate.
Independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl is a no, an undecided and a not-yet-ready-to-decide on the three propositions that will appear on Tuesday’s ballot. Ballot proposition #1, whether to hold a state constitutional convention, has been widely discussed, but propositions #2, to allow for reductions or elimination of the pensions of public officers convicted of a felony related to their duties, and #3, to create a 250 acre land bank and to allow creation of bike paths and utility lines in the Adirondacks, have received far less attention. Dietl has previously declared his opposition to proposition #1. We spoke Tuesday night at a candidate forum in Howard Beach. Continue reading Dietl On Ballot Props
Independent mayoral candidate and retired NYPD detective Bo Dietl demanded that Mayor Bill de Blasio be criminally charged in connection with campaign finance contributions from a witness testifying in the Norman Seabrook corruption trial. The witness, Jonah Rechnitz, testified that he made large contributions to de Blasio’s campaign and an separate political committee in exchange for access to de Blasio and actions from him. Continue reading Dietl Demands de Blasio Detention
Mayoral candidates Bo Dietl, Sal Albanese and Nicole Malliotakis rolled into Whitestone last night, attending a candidate forum hosted by the We Love Whitestone Civic Association. The forum drew a modestly-sized audience of 30-35 people.
The forum was structured to have each candidate speak on their own, with an opening statement and responding to written questions from the audience. Dietl and Albanese ended answering questions together, with some discussion between the two candidates but without them falling into a debate. Malliotakis arrived shortly after Dietl departed and she spoke solo as Albanese sat and listened.
As we’ve reported independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl’s fundraising has dramatically slowed in the past two months, with Dietl reporting $163,000 on hand as of October 2nd. He loaned his campaign $100,000 in July and has often said he’s prepared to put more of his own money into his campaign.
He wouldn’t commit to a particular amount today, although it seems clear he’ll put an equivalent or greater amount in to fund $100,000 of TV ads that he said will air next week, saying “that’s gonna be from my little pockets and we got a lot more cash where that comes from, too.” He also criticized rival candidates Bill de Blasio and Nicole Malliotakis for accepting taxpayer money via the City’s campaign finance matching funds program. He tossed in a little shade at Malliotakis’ recent ad featuring a disembodied hand flicking a lighter and rolled into his conclusion by declaring that Mayor de Blasio is “sleazatatious,” all without declaring what amount he’s prepared to into his campaign.
Here’s our exchange:
Recent public polls have put Bo Dietl a distant fourth behind mayor and Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, Republican/Conservative candidate Nicole Malliotakis and Reform Party candidate Sal Albanese, with Dietl drawing just 6% in a recent Quinnipiac University poll and tied with Albanese at 5% in a recent Marist poll.
I asked Dietl about those low poll numbers and what he thinks he can do to improve his standing in the 19 days remaining. His primary response was that the polls were conducted before last week’s mayoral debate (true) and that his debate appearance and upcoming TV ads have and will greatly increase awareness of his campaign, with that awareness expected to translate into support.
Here’s our exchange:
Note: In my question I referred to polls released “last week.” Both the Quinnipiac and Marist polls were released the week before last, on October 5th.
Independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl held a press conference to criticize the City’s Department of Education, but taking the opportunity to also lambast Mayor de Blasio on a variety of other issues.