Low Turnout Expected as Mayor de Blasio Faces Voters in Primary

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2017

He had more than 74 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns.

Jean Powers, 57, of Tribeca said she went with de Blasio because he seemed "more animal friendly" than his primary opponents, although she was disappointed he failed to keep his 2013 campaign promise of booting horse drawn carriages from Central Park. Unlike some other states, in NY only registered party members are allowed to vote in a party's primary.

In his acceptance speech, de Blasio renewed a promise, made before his first term, to make NY more hospitable to people feeling squeezed out in a city with a huge gap between rich and poor. The mayorship, Brooklyn District Attorney's spot, Public Advocate's position and all 51 seats on the City Council are up for grabs. The mayor's wife addressed the crowd before de Blasio took the podium to deliver his victory address.

Most party primaries in NY state are closed contests, meaning a voter must be a registered member of the party in order to cast a ballot. "I think New Yorkers, all of whom are proud of our immigrant roots, are going to reject that kind of thinking".

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who stepped into the role when his predecessor took ill and later died, won the Democratic primary election for that job. De Blasio will also face independent candidate Bo Dietl, a private detective.

"He's battling with everyone to get his agenda through - he's fighting for the people", said Perez.

A number of Democrats had flirted with the idea of running while Hizzoner was under investigation for almost a year, but abandoned the notion when state and federal probes into de Blasio's relationship with big-dollar donors were closed in March with no charges filed.

De Blasio is projected to beat Sal Albanese, his closest rival.

Maryann Basil both voted and worked as a poll worker at the site.

Luze O'Day said she voted for de Blasio in part for his approach to the city's homelessness problem. He was widely considered the favorite against Sal Albanese, Richard Bashner, Robert Gangi and Michael Tolkin.

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