The New York Times is throwing its support behind Democratic candidate Christine Quinn and Republican candidate Joe Lhota in the upcoming primaries for mayor.
In its endorsement of the City Council Speaker on the Democratic side, the paper says Quinn possesses the judgment and record of achievement anyone should want in a mayor.
The paper says she has been willing to work with Mayor Michael Bloomberg when needed, but has also challenged him on key issues as well.
The Times says Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson merit consideration, but says de Blasio's ideas are unlikely to obtain the state approval needed and Thompson's endorsement from the teachers' union is cause for concern.
The paper says, "Quinn inspires the most confidence that she would be the right mayor for the inevitable times when hope and idealism collide with the challenge of getting something done."
On the Republican side, the Times says few people know how city government works better than Joe Lhota, the former budget director and deputy mayor to Rudy Giuliani.
The paper praises the Metropolitan Transit Authority's recovery after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy under his watch.
The endorsement says, in part, "Mr. Lhota is more than the sum of his years as Mr. Giuliani's top deputy."
The endorsement then goes on to say, "Mr. Lhota, son of a New York City cop, is not a glad-handing pol, but a practical and efficient one."