Joseph Lhota

Jewish Voters More Divided Than Other Groups

Exit polls show a strong return to the Democrats in backing de Blasio, but 44 percent were with GOP's Lhota.
11/04/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Democrat Bill de Blasio won a resounding and historic victory to become New York's 109th mayor Tuesday night, with an estimated 73 percent of the vote, scoring high across ethnic, religious, age and gender lines. 

Bill de Blasio, bottom, won more Jewish support than other recent Democrats, but lost 44 percent to Joe Lhota. Getty Images

De Blasio's Challenge: Don't Screw Up

From nomination to Election Day, Democrat’s gaffe-free campaign was a classic “Rose Garden” strategy.
11/04/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

On Sept. 9, hours before he would leave the Democratic field in the dust with his decisive mayoral primary win, Bill de Blasio stopped on the Upper West Side to greet some neighborhood residents.

Bill de Blasio: Limited press access, maximized family images. Adam Dickter

Joe Lhota Soldiers On

'Every day I am more encouraged,' says Republican, despite wide gap in polls.
10/30/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

When he arrived at the Young Israel of Staten Island on Sunday, Joe Lhota was likely prepared to defend his positions on city issues. But when fielding questions, the Republican mayoral contender seemed surprised to find himself defending his campaign.

Republican underdog Joseph Lhota speaks with Rabbi Yaakov Lehrfield, left, of the Young Israel of Staten Island. Adam Dickter

Lhota Sees Hope in Frum Vote

Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
10/21/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As polls suggest the lopsided mayoral race is all but over, with Democrat Bill de Blasio a mile ahead, Republican Joe Lhota seems to be working overtime to pick up support in neighborhoods where Jews have been most willing to cross party lines.

Joseph Lhota speaks with shopkeeper Joseph Waldman during a visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shimon Gifter

New Lhota Ad Invokes Crown Heights, Other Violence

De Blasio policies would return city to high crime, says Republican.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

On the day after the first debate pitting him against Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio, Republican mayoral contender Joseph Lhota unleashed a dire-sounding ad warning that New York will fall into criminal chaos if de Blasio prevails.

The commericlal features video of the recent FDR Drive motorcyclist attack on a driver and other images of mayhem, including one from the 1991 Crown Heights riots.

Lhota's former boss, Rudy Giuliani, made the riots a centerpiece of his successful campaign to unseat Mayor David Dinkins two years later. De Blasio was an aide in the Dinkins administration.

Spotlight Shifts To City Hall Foreign Policy

Nicaragua and Iran take campaign to lead 'capital of the world' in a new direction.
09/23/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Current and past geopolitics pulled the race for City Hall away from stop-and-frisk and tax-the-rich toward insights about the candidates’ worldviews early this week.

Bill de Blasio, left, and Joseph Lhota agreed on U.S. policy toward Iran. Adam Dickter

Come November, A More Traditional New York Clash

Stark contrast of ideas seen in general election if primary frontrunners prevail, with questions about ‘60s-style’ policies.
09/10/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

In the first mayoral election in 12 years with a true Republican on the ballot, November’s race is likely to shape up as the kind of liberal versus conservative clash of ideas that defined the pre-Bloomberg era.

Voters cue up at a polling station in Manhattan to choose candidates in Tuesday’s primary. Getty Images

Lhota Wins Republican Nomination, Blasting de Blasio's 'Class Warfare'

09/09/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Former deputy mayor and MTA chairman Joseph Lhota easily vanquished his rivals to win the Republican nomination for mayor Tuesday. He is the first longtime Republican to win his party's nod since Rudolph Giuliani in 1998.

State of The Campaign

Weiner still defiant, Quinn exuberant; Thompson, Lhota and de Blasio on tour; Liu takes a financial hit.
08/04/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

There may be thousands of New York City Jews upstate in Catskills camps and rentals for the summer, but the area seems to have lost its cachet as a political hotspot. So far, despite new life being breathed into the area by non-Orthodox city dwellers, only longshot candidates for mayor have traveled up Route 17 to press the flesh (among males) at bungalow colonies and pizza joints in such hamlets as Monticello, Woodburne and Swan Lake.

When the dust settles, one of these candidates will run City Hall next year.

Lhota Grapples With Giuliani Legacy

In mayoral bid, former deputy both embraces and distances himself from a controversial administration.
06/10/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

How much of Rudy Giuliani is just enough?

That’s the question facing Joseph Lhota, the city’s former budget director and deputy to the famously feisty mayor, as Lhota pursues the Republican nomination and victory in November’s City Hall race.

Image from Lhota campaign video shows him with former boss Rudy Giuliani.
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