Mayor Michael Bloomberg headed back to business as usual Wednesday after cruising to re-election with a 20-point win over Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer.
The billionaire Republican defeated Ferrer, a former Bronx borough president, by 58 percent to 38 percent.
While it wasn't quite the 30-plus percentage point lead some polls predicted, it’s still a hair higher than Fiorella LaGuardia's spread in 1937 — making this the largest margin of victory for a Republican mayor in New York history.
Bloomberg met with Anthony Santa Maria in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, a man he met while campaigning back in 2001.
Santa Maria told the then-rookie campaigner that in his experiencem politicians only visited his Brooklyn neighborhood when they needed votes. So Bloomberg promised to visit him the day after the 2001 election, and kept with that tradition this year.
Santa Maria says the visits have made quite an impression on him
"He's changed my mind about a lot of politicians. Not all of them, though, but I changed my mind about a lot of them," said Santa Maria.
"I think that what Anthony said and the way this administration's tried to respond to him is what good government is all about,” said Bloomberg. “Government should be where people ask for services. Sometimes they can get it; sometimes they can't, but that the government responds to the citizens of this city when they need something."
From there, the mayor returned to City Hall and went back to work where he held a senior staff meeting. He also greeted commuters at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon.
Republicans are set to control City Hall for a record 16 years. On this first day of the next four years, Mayor Bloomberg wasn't gloating, but he was in a pretty good mood. NY1’s Davidson Goldin filed this report.
Thanksgiving came a couple of weeks early for Mike Bloomberg.
“I got maybe the nicest congratulatory call this morning from [Yankee manager] Joe Torre, who has become a friend over the years,” the mayor said Wednesday. “We were able to be pleased both of us have kept out job.”
Kept his job is putting it mildly. Bloomberg won a resounding 20-point victory over Fernando Ferrer. The public polls predicted an even wider margin, although the mayor's internal campaign polls hit the spread right on.
“I suppose it’s more satisfying than a more than one-vote margin, but the law says a one-vote margin is the only thing that matters,” said Bloomberg. “What I’m going to do is go out there and work as hard as I can. The stories about whether you had a bigger margin than somebody else will go away in a day or two.”
Bloomberg hasn't spend much time at his vacation homes in Bermuda and London over the past four years, and his aides won't say if Hizzoner is planning a post-election vacation.
The mayor spent most of the day after the election making thank you calls, but he hit the streets early, heading to Brooklyn to thank one supporter in person. Bloomberg visited Anthony Santa Maria. He visited him four years ago, and made the trip again for the last time to mark his second win for mayor.
Bloomberg's only other public event was with country music stars in Midtown, where once again he promised this job is his last job as a politician. After all, bloomberg has billions of dollars to give away.
“I will work, if God is willing, for the next four years for this city as mayor and then go into the world of philanthropy for my next career, by which time there will not be one after that. That will take me a long time,” said Bloomberg.
The mayor's priorities are clear; keeping crime down and improving schools. But the last four years saw some surprises, including his successful smoking ban and failed attempt at a West Side stadium.
Bloomberg isn't offering any hints about the next four years, but now that voters have re-elected him by a record margin for a Republican, he isn't likely to be shy about fixing what he thinks needs to be fixed in this city.
- Davidson Goldin
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