Dear Commons Community,
To no one’s surprise, Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City by a wide margin yesterday signaling the end of twenty years of Republican rule. The outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had significant accomplishments during his tenure but it was time for a change. The polls going into yesterday predicted de Blasio winning over Joe Lhota by a 40 percent margin and as of late last night, those polls proved correct. With 97% of the precincts reporting, de Blasio held a commanding lead of 74% to 24% — the largest margin of victory by a nonincumbent in any mayor’s race in city history.
We wish Mayor-Elect de Blasio well and look forward to a new “progressive era” in New York City.