Inside City Hall is now The Road to City Hall, and NY1's Grace Rauh takes a look at where the mayor's race stands at the beginning of 2013.
The road to City Hall is starting to get crowded.
Just a few months ago, it seemed like the battle to be the next mayor of New York would be fought and won in the Democratic primary, a primary that is currently scheduled for September but could be pushed up to June.
But with Republican Joe Lhota's likely entry into the race, it now seems certain that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's successor will be chosen in a competitive general election in November.
The former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman, though, has not officially declared his intentions. Then again, neither have many of the other likely candidates for City Hall.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a Democrat, is raising money for an expected run. So is Democrat Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate. City Comptroller John Liu, a Democrat, is also expected to make a bid despite a campaign fundraising scandal.
Bill Thompson is the only prominent Democrat to go public with his plans. He did so shortly after losing his challenge to Mayor Bloomberg in 2009.
Mayor Bloomberg is close with Quinn, but he is not offering any endorsements just yet.
"My wish for 2013 is that we elect a successor to this administration that is even better than what we've done," Bloomberg said.
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is poised to be a force in the race. Lhota was a top aid to Giuliani. He appears ready to promote his campaign.
But there are other Republicans who may be running. Newspaper publisher Tom Allon switched parties to run on the GOP line. So did Doe Fund president George McDonald.
John Catsimatidis, the billionaire supermarket owner, is weighing a Republican bid, and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion and State Senator Malcolm Smith are in the mix as well.
It all adds up to a lot of potential candidates who have their eye on City Hall.