On Primary Day, New Yorkers will choose from amongst a group of very qualified Democratic Party candidates including Bill De Blasio, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, Anthony Weiner and John Liu-all of whom are qualified to be the next mayor. The Republicans running are John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota. Both have considerable experience. Joe's experience is at the helm of the transit system while John Catsimatidis headed the Gristedes food chain. The choices here will be difficult.
On the Democratic side, Anthony Weiner's proposal for a single payor health care system could actually save a number of hospitals from the brink of financial hardship. Many thinkers in the area of health care; such as, Gary Null have sung the praises of the single payor health care system to cut out insurers from the pricing system. Bill De Blasio promises to concentrate his efforts on bringing back the Middle Class by taxing the people who could most afford to pay. Bill Thomson has a similar message regarding the Middle Class. Christine Quinn is seen as a smooth transition from the Bloomberg Administration with some important differences in eliminating the "stop and frisk" policy of policing and a less stringent emphasis on testing in the schools with more emphasis on student learning and experimentation. John Liu has demonstrated considerable expertise in his current role as the City Comptroller. The candidates on the Democratic side have promised an end to "stop and frisk" policing.
On the Republican side, John Catsimatidis has considerable private sector experience. He is a proponent of lower taxes and would keep the current police policies intact along with the continued stewardship of Commissioner Kelley. Joe Lhota has vast experience at the helm of the transit system and he has been endorsed by former Mayor Giuliani. John Catsimatidis has been endorsed by former Governor Pataki.
On Tuesday, voters will make their choices at the polls with Bill De Blasio and Joe Lhota favored although there could be some significant surprises in a year where the lead has changed three times in the Democratic race for the mayoralty. Stay tuned for the decision which will be clearer by late evening on this Election Day.
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