The New York Post is throwing its support behind Christine Quinn and Joe Lhota in the mayor's race.
The paper is endorsing Quinn and Lhota in today's edition under the headline "Time to Get Real."
It warns that the city is in danger of turning into Detroit unless voters "elect a serious mayor who is ready to tackle serious problems."
The Post praises the Democrat Quinn for showing courage in siding with Mayor Michael Bloomberg while opposing what it calls "dangerous proposals" by her City Council colleagues.
In backing the Republican Lhota, the Post cites his experience in the private sectors and public sectors, especially his handling of the transit system as MTA chairman during Hurricane Sandy.
The Post says, "For the Democrats, we believe Christine Quinn is the only candidate who has shown the basic common sense any mayor needs. On the Republican side, Joe Lhota's record of achievement and solid ideas on tough issues offer the best chance for an accountable and effective government."
The New York Times also endorsed Quinn and Lhota in Sunday's edition.
The primary is set for September 10.