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Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion is officially kicking off his campaign tonight to become the next mayor of New York City. To avoid a crowded Democratic primary, Carrion is running as an independent and has received the endorsement of the Independence Party. He joins a long list of would-be successors to take over for Mayor Bloomberg in ten months.
The race for the Democratic nomination includes former City Councilman Sal Albanese, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller John Liu, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson. Those running for the Republican nomination include newspaper publisher Tom Allon, businessman John Catsimatidis, former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, and Doe Fund founder George McDonald.
Who is your favorite candidate at this point? Do you consider this a strong field? Who else would you like to see enter the race? Will Mayor Bloomberg's eventual endorsement influence who you decide to vote for?
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Thanks for the wonderful news, John. We will endorse, and most likely campaign for Adolfo Carrion! Maybe even switch to the Independent Party, as the Democratic has been such a disappointment from the President on down.
Whoever Bloomberg endorses, we will NOT vote for her/him. We've had enough of the mess these last hundred years (that's how long it feels like!).
Dina and Edwin from Throggs Neck
I can't tell "The Call" who my favorite candidate is, but I can sure tell you guys "My Ain'ts"- Christine Quinn, too closely linked with Bloomberg. And Lhota is an "Ain't" too. Both of these candidates are not in tuned with the Middle Class or the poor for that matter.
Any endorsement by this Mayor will be the kiss of death are you listening Quinn cohort in crime with Bloomberg, can anyone say third term.
Howard from Fresh Meadows
I am a strong supporter of Bill de Blasio (and would consider Bloomberg's endorsement a check in anyone's minuses column).
Upper West Side
My favorite candidate right now is Thompson, who would've been elected last election if not for Bloomberg's illegal third term bid and the millions of dollars he spend in satisfying his enormous ego.
IN NO WAY AT ALL WOULD BLOOMBERG'S CHOICE IN ANYTHING EVER SWAY ME !!!
HE ALREADY HAS MADE HIS CHOICE ANYWAY AND THAT WOULD BE QUINN!! TWO PEAS IN A POD FOR SURE. THIS CARRION WAS WHISKED AWAY WITH JOB AT HUD SO THAT CLEARED THE WAY FOR BLOOMBERG TO BUY HIS THIRD TERM AND SO NOW THIS CARRION IS ABLE TO SURFACE.
THEY NEED TO BRING SOMEONE FROM THE OUTSIDE THAT HAS NO CONNECTIONS IN ANY WAY AT ALL WITH ANYONE OR ANYTHING.
Thank you John,
Is this the best that can be found in NYC? What a worthless bunch. What a threat to our rights and freedoms they present. I might vote for Lhota, but I need to know more.
I will support whoever promises to repeal the unconstitutional and without any mandate over 16 0z soda ban.
Its a toss up between Bill Thompson & Sal Albanese. Both candidates are for the PEOPLE.
Quinn, Allon, and McDonald are basically a clone of bloomberg, and we all know I like bloomberg as much as Chris Christie loves dieting. Carrion to me will not help the city as a whole so much as he'll help the Bronx. Liu will never get past his fundraising controversy. Catsimatidis...? can't get past the fact his last name begins with "cat", which means neither will the Daily News or the Post...and if the internet has given us anything, its cats, so hes out. Lhota? He's got about as good a chance of winning as the MTA does of rolling the fare back to 1980's levels....I can hear the laughter...
Who do I want? David Margulies, who played the mayor in both Ghostbusters movies.Mr. Margulies, when faced with a problem, simply answered in the best way possible: "being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorkers god given right."
Luke, Grant City, Staten Island
I am throwing in my hat for Joe Lhota. where else can you get a ride from the Bronx to Manhattan for $2.50. He has a plan to bring the bridges under his control and stop us from subsidizing other counties. Speaker Quinn may be talented, but twelve years of Bloomberg is enough. Voting for Ms. Quinn would just be an extension of the Bloomberg Administration which got old.
Park Hill, Staten Island
The field is confusing and crowded to hedge a bet on a particular candidate at this time. The name of my game is "Wait and See".
I was sorry to see Scott Stringer leave the race. He stood up to Shelly Silver when he was in the state assembly, something that our obedient state legislators rarely, if ever, do. So I'm going with Bill DeBlasio as the most progressive in the field, but I'm really not excited about anyone. I would love to see a woman mayor, but definitely not Quinn. She represents my district and has betrayed every principle that she ever stood for. Shame on her.
meryl from manhattan
The city is ready for a change, I would NOT vote for anyone that Mike Bloomberg endorses, especially Christine Quinn, she is so much like him, I personally don't trust her!
I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR ANYONE THAT BLOOMBERG ENDORSES.
WE NEED A MAYOR THAT NEEDS THE SALARY THAT THE TAXPAYERS PROVIDE HIM AND WOULDN'T LIVING AT GRACIE MANSION
Is there any possibility of David Dinkins making a last minute run for office in 2013? That would be very exciting.
It is actually refreshing that Adolfo Carrion former city council member and former Borough President of the Bronx has joined the mayor's race other than just witnessing Ms. Quinn the ring-leader of the Democratic Party who seems to be leading in the polls still even with the republican candidates in the race. After vasts amount of media coverage and political information known about Ms. Quinn it is becoming more and more obvious that any individual who believes in the middle class, education and is disgusted with the Bloomberg Administration should be vehemently opposed to voting for her. Ms. Quinn is a hand-picked successor of Mayor Bloomberg, has blocked important bills for votes in the City Council, known as a bully in the City Council and has stood by Mayor Bloomberg's side during his reign in City Hall.
Remember: The Quinn Administration will only mirror the Bloomberg Administration with all the Deputy Mayors in place.
I believe that we need a stronger, more logical, and eco friendly mayor. Mayor Bloomberg is an amazing Mayor but sadly he won't be anymore. I hope some inexperienced citizen does not get the post of Mayor and ruin New York City. To tak jak ja. For Poland.
I think I'll have to wait and see what the candidates have to offer.
John & The Call -
I would like to see Tony Avella run for Mayor. He is currently a New York State legislator from Queens. He had some great ideas when he ran 4 years ago and is an independent voice.
I don't understand why people feel Bloomberg's endorsement would be negative. Say what you will, but he won every election fair and square. Personally, he'd still win if he ran again, because he's twice as good as any of the countless mayoral candidates running, more than half of whom no average NY'er has heard of.
-Muhammad, Fresh Meadows
No one has come forward on the Republican ticket. I find Kastamatidis interesting. As of now, I am going to vote for Bill Thompson. John Liu's office is plagued with corruption allegations. Chris Quinn doesn't stand a chance with her slush fund, real estate deals, hijacking our City council, term limits, etc. I doubt that Bloomberg will endorse her. (He lives in Manhattan like us.)
Carrion is greatly welcome and a viable candidate. Many of us could start a new party called "Anyone But Quinn" and everyone knows that Bloomberg will support her with big buck for his vanity legacy.
Just out of Bloomberg fatigue, I'd endorse any wacky candidate, maybe "the rent is too damned high" guy. We need a break from the gaggle of self-interested egomaniacs in the field right now. Someone should call Colbert.
I think anyone of the candidates who voted to allow bloomberg to have a third term should not be the next mayor. That move sideswiped our citzenry. Lhota would do a great job based on his previous experience in running a large agency.
I vote for the Medical Marijuana Candidate. Whoever he/she is
I know who I am not voting for; Christine Quinn. I think she crossed the line when she tried to revoke the business license of Chick-File because the CEO did not support Gay marriage. When gov't officials start attacking how people make a living because of what they believe, we a citizens have the responsiblity to say no than you to there leadership.