Updated 09/29/2009 11:50 PM
De Blasio, Liu Claim Victory In Primary Runoff
The following are the final return tallys from Tuesday's two citywide Democratic runoff races.
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City councilmen Bill de Blasio and John Liu beat out their political opponents in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff for public advocate and city comptroller, respectively.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, de Blasio soared past former public advocate Mark Green with 62 percent of the votes.
During his victory speech, de Blasio said the job of public advocate is to protect the will of the people from abuses of power at City Hall.
"When our city government ignores its own people, its own neighborhoods that are its life blood, we deny our democracy," de Blasio said. "And when a mayor ignores the will of the people, we set back the notion of one person-one vote."
With his on-the-job experience, Green was once considered the favorite in the race. But that changed two weeks ago when de Blasio outgained Green in the primary, forcing the runoff.
"Big congratulations to Bill de Blasio for a very skillful and smart campaign," Green said. "Were he to do as well as Public Advocate it will be a good and a boon for the whole city."
Come November, de Blasio will face Republican Alex Zablocki in the general election where he is heavily favored to win.
Meanwhile, in the race for city comptroller, John Liu defeated fellow City Council member David Yassky with nearly 56 percent of the vote.
Following Tuesday night's win, Liu is expected to become the first Asian-American elected to citywide office.
"We were taught that the inherent promise of this great city and country, that if you work hard, meet your obligations, recognize the social responsibility that belongs to each of us that you will have every opportunity to do better for yourself and your family and this certainly is the lesson that I've learned tonight," Liu said.
In his concession speech, Yassky, a two-term City Council member, had kind words for his opponent.
"Just a few moments ago, I called John Liu to congratulate him on his victory tonight," Yassky said. "He earned a well-deserved victory and I am sure he will be a terrific comptroller for the City of New York."
Liu is expected to easily defeat Republican Joe Mendola when the two go head to head in the general election.
Meanwhile, Tuesday's runoff election featured yet another low and, at times, sluggish voter turnout.
Earlier this month, the Democratic primary saw historic lows in the number of voters coming out to the polls.
The Board of Elections estimates the runoff elections cost the city between $13 million to $15 million.