NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers now have their choices before them in the campaign to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio became the undisputed Democratic nominee Monday after primary runner-up Bill Thompson withdrew, eliminating the need for a runoff election. He’ll face Republican nominee Joseph Lhota in the Nov. 5 general election.
Lhota quickly went on the attack, painting the election as a contest between opponents with vastly different visions of how the city should function.
De Blasio is calling for a tax hike in the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods to pay for universal pre-kindergarten, reforming the policing strategy called “stop-and-frisk” and demanding greater income equality.
Lhota, former head the region’s transit agency and a former deputy mayor to Rudy Giuliani, has vowed to continue many of Bloomberg’s policies.