If It Ain’t Broke Part 2…
NYC has voted in a Republican Mayor for the fourth election in a row. Though that news comes as no surprise this morning, it’s still worth asking, Who would have expected such a thing back in 1993, when the Dinkins-Giuliani race was so damn close and Republican New York Mayors were about as common a sight as dolphins in the East River?
It may be worth noting that Michael Bloomberg‘s 20-point margin of victory was barely half that which was predicted going into the Polls. (Did the media have a vested interest in promoting Bloomberg’s re-election?) It’s also worth noting that the total votes cast, around 1.1 million, represents merely a fraction of eligible voters in a city of 8 million residents.
Down in Brooklyn, the Democrat Borough President Marty Markowitz cruised home with 79% of the vote. I’d be interested to know what actual percentage of eligible voters that margin represents. Markowitz, like Bloomberg, has been a prominent champion of Bruce Ratner‘s Atlantic Yards project. Democrats who voted for one or both of these men regardless will have no reason to complain if the project turns out to their disliking.
Those who feel more fervently about Atlantic Yards are letting their feet do the talking this weekend with a Walk Don’t Destroy fund-raiser through the proposed site. Brooklyn home girl Rosie Perez will be at the helm. You can register to take part or sponsor someone else by visiting this page.