City Hall Pro: De Blasio reacts to Ferguson
Bio: Azi Paybarah is a reporter for Capital. He has covered politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press.
Before the polls closed last night, a couple of very brave political operatives, reporters and obsessive news junkies sent me their predictions for the primaries.
Scott Stringer's defeat of Eliot Spitzer put an end to what one newspaper said was probably "the most expensive [campaign] ever for the office."
He didn't have the newspaper endorsements. He didn't have the most money. He didn't the biggest or most heralded union endorsements. But Bill de Blasio's rose in the polls and won the Democratic primary — perhaps with enough votes to avoid a runoff.
"Tonight, we will make it to the run-off," said Bronx Borough President and Bill Thompson supporter Ruben Diaz Jr. "And it will take three weeks to get the nomination."
Joe Lhota called John Catsimatidis 9/11 criticism "amazingly disgusting" and "pathetic." [Dana Rubinstein]
Asked about management skills, Bill de Blasio says Clinton, Cuomo, Clinton. [Reid Pillifant]
Eliot Spitzer includes himself in a slate of black candidates. [Azi Paybarah]
Judging by the amount of coverage the contestants have gotten in the Times and elsewhere, the race for Brooklyn district attorney is a big one.
One challenge editors face on the eve of an election is how to tell the readers about the election without giving an unfair amount of attention to one candidate over another at such a crucial time.
A reader sent this photo of a palm card featuring the name of Eliot Spitzer, the comptroller candidate, alongside a slate of candidates for different offices who are black.
The polls are open until 9 p.m., after which the clock will start to tick on another test, of whether the New York City Board of Elections can determine quickly and precisely who won, and whether run-offs will be needed, particularly in the Democratic mayoral contest.
This morning, Ray Kelly brushed aside criticism of the NYPD's anti-terrorism work, and said "it is critically important" that "our efforts be sustained in the next administration."