Bill de Blasio was elected as the first Democratic mayor for 20 years, by the New York voters on Tuesday. The mayor will now lead the city of the three-term reign of billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg.
The result was certain, but the margin of victory represented an avalanche for De Blasio. Bill de Blasio is a 52-year-old self-described progressive who led his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, in opinion polls throughout the campaign.
The mayor in his speech said, that “Let me be clear, our work, all of our work, is really just beginning,” and “We have no illusions about the task that lies ahead. Dealing with the inequality isn’t easy. It never has been and it never will be.
The newly elected mayor also made an indirect reference to New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing in the speech, which is something that had served as a conflict-ridden issue between he and Lhota on the campaign. He said that the Safety and civil liberties “are not mutually exclusive”, adding to which he said that there should be communication between police and the neighborhoods they serve.
In every survey that has been conducted since Bill de Blasio and Lhota won their respective nominations, Blasio has always been up by almost 40 percentage points.
De Blasio’s rival Lhota, who is the losing candidate, labelled himself as a “fiscal conservative and progressive socially”. Lhota tried to portray De Blasio as as soft on crime or “recklessly dangerous” on crime throughout the campaign, but he was not successful in gaining traction.
On the other hand, the earlier reports suggest that Michael Bloomberg’s three-term reign as the mayor of New York City was never known before.