Thompson to challenge Bloomberg for mayor

September 15, 2009 8:40:54 PM PDT
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't compete in a primary but he's holding a rally anyway. The billionaire mayor is not registered with any party.

City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. cruised to victory over fellow Democrat Tony Avella, and will face Bloomberg in November.

Bloomberg usually refuses to even acknowledge there is a race going on, but he was fired up at a rally with supporters.

He didn't mention Thompson by name but tried to cast him as a return to politics as usual, someone who comes from a political machine run by party bosses and special interests.

Thompson says Bloomberg favors the wealthy over regular people and argues it's time for a change.

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Defense lawyer and political scion Cy Vance has won the Democratic primary for the Manhattan district attorney's job, one of the nation's most coveted prosecutor's spots.

The primary is expected to decide the race to replace retiring 35-year incumbent Robert Morgenthau, as there is no Republican candidate. Unsuccessful Democratic contender Richard Aborn has secured the Working Families Party line but has said he'll support the Democratic pick.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Vance had 44 percent of the vote. Former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder had 30 percent. Aborn, a gun control advocate, had 26 percent.

Vance is the son of former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance. He was endorsed by Morgenthau and the city's three major newspapers.

COMPTROLLER

City Councilman John Liu has a slight lead over Councilman David Yassky in the tight Democratic race for New York City comptroller, but it does not appear Liu has enough votes to avoid a runoff.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Liu had 38 percent of the vote, and Yassky had 30 percent.

If neither candidate gets 40 percent, a runoff would be held on Sept. 29.

Whoever wins the Democratic primary for comptroller is favored to win the general election.

The city comptroller is the chief financial officer of the city, analyzing the budget and auditing city agencies. The comptroller is also in charge of the $80 billion municipal pension system.

Liu and Yassky were two of four Democrats competing.

PUBLIC ADVOCATE

City Councilman Bill de Blasio and former Public Advocate Mark Green are headed for a runoff in the close Democratic race for New York City Public Advocate.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had about 32.5 percent of the vote compared to 31 percent for Green.

With neither candidate likely to get 40 percent, there would be a runoff in two weeks on Sept. 29.

The Democrat who wins the primary for public advocate is favored to win the general election in November; there is no strong Republican challenger.

The public advocate is the City Hall watchdog, and is second in line if something happens to the mayor.


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