Joe Lhota visited Lhota Country Saturday afternoon; Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. Walking a commercial strip for about an hour, he received a friendly, supportive response. It was modest in quantity as there were not any arranged campaign events or rallies and the street was not particularly busy, but most people were friendly and supportive, with no visible signs of hostility.
Here are a few revealing excerpts from Joe Lhota’s walking tour.
A looming issue for the next mayor are the currently expired municipal labor contracts. With every city municipal labor contract having expired during the Bloomberg administration, unions are expecting new contracts and significant amounts of retroactive pay. During a Q&A with the press, I asked Lhota about his role in the budget negotiations of 1995/1996. Those negotiations produced the so-called “double zero” or “zeroes for heroes” labor contracts, which had no increases for two years. The day before, when campaigning for Lhota on Staten Island, Rudy Giuliani had praised Lhota for his role in those negotiations.