Score another victory for Democrats as Bill de Blasio defeated his Republican opponent Joseph J. Lhota and will become the next mayor of New York City — and the first Democrat to hold that office in two decades.
The feeling from many New Yorkers seems to be that Mr. de Blasio resonates with many of the issues plaguing citizens of the city, especially as they relate to income inequality and aggressive law enforcement tactics that have become a growing problem within the city the last few years.
New Yorkers are clearly tired of the hard-line approach that’s controlled the city the last two decades and overwhelmingly chose a much more liberal candidate in Mr. de Blasio. A little known candidate not too long ago, he quickly rose in popularity and easily claimed victory over his opponent Mr. Lhota, a former deputy mayor during the Giuliani administration.
Bill de Blasio is ironically a Boston native who has previously ran campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Charles Rangel. Who would have ever thought a Boston Red Sox fan would be mayor of the city that’s home to the New York Yankees?
Many say that it was Mr. de Blasio’s ability to appeal to even moderate conservatives in New York City that ultimately lead to his substantial victory.
Critics have said the policies de Blasio supports will lead to a rise in crime on the city’s streets, but clearly many New Yorkers have grown tired of the overly aggressive law enforcement tactics previous administrations have supported.
De Blasio’s victory is historically significant as one of the more liberal cities in the entire country hasn’t had a Democratic mayor since David Dinkins left office in 1993.
My hope is that Mr. de Blasio will undo some of the harsh tactics taken up in New York that have given the city a bad image as one that supports racial discrimination. Laws such as “Stop and Frisk” — which many critics say discriminates against minorities — have opened the door for claims against New York City’s law enforcement officials that minorities are unfairly targeted and these laws support racism and bigotry.
I congratulate the next mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, and the people of New York City for electing the first Democratic mayor of their great city in two decades.
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