Sunday, February 12, 2017

NYC Mayoral Candidates Update

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces Investigations and fends off allegations that he created a Pay-for-Play atmosphere in City Hall, several little-known Challengers have lined up to face him in 2017, as the bigger names have yet to decide whether they'll take the plunge.

The most recent to toss his hat in the Ring is former Councilman Sal Albanese, who ran unsuccessful bids for State Assembly in a Brooklyn District in 1978, for Congress against Susan Molinari in 1992, and for Mayor twice, first in 1997, then a second time in 2013, coming in eighth place in the crowded field of nine Candidates in the Democratic Primary. On Staten Island, Albanese took home just 2% of the Primary vote in September 2013, where de Blasio, then Public Advocate, took 34% of the Island vote. Citywide, de Blasio won with just over 40% of the vote. Albanese got less than one%. Albanese announced his Campaign via an emailed statement.

The Mayor has a 27% Approval rating on Staten Island, while he sees 47% Approval Citywide.

Other Democrats who announced their Campaigns are:

- Richard "Bo" Dietl, a Private Investigator and Media personality.
- Josh Thompson, Executive Director of New Leaders New York City/Newark, an education nonprofit.
- Michael Basch, a Democratic Political Organizer from California.

Republicans who officially announced are:

- Michael Faulkner, a Harlem Minister and former New York Jet.

- Paul Massey, a Real Estate Executive.

- Darren Aquino, a Disabled Rights Activist and Actor known for his roles on "Law and Order" and "The Sopranos".

Jimmy McMillan, Political Activist and Founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, ran for Governor in 2010 and is running for Mayor in 2017.

Several well-known politicos on both sides of the Aisle are weighing runs for Mayor.


- Brooklyn-Queens Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has long been rumored to be considering a run, even though he said he has "no interest" in running, some are hoping he could be convinced to change his mind.

- Comptroller Scott Stringer who has been highly critical of the de Blasio Administration.

- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has expressed interest in Leading City Hall.

- Bronx, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has also show interest.

- Public Advocate Letitia James has also been said to be weighing a run but in recent months does not top most lists.


- Queens Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich has been heavily considering a run.

- John Catsimatidis, the billionaire businessman who ran in the Republican Primary for Mayor in 2013 and lost to Joe Lhota. Catsimatidis won Staten Island in the GOP Primary with 54% of the vote, but lost Citywide to Lhota, 41% to 53%.

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