New York city has once again pointed the way forward for liberal political aspirations in the United States. In an election that will have repercussions far beyond its borders,52 year old Bill de Blasio has captured the New York mayoralty race defeating his moderate Republican opponent 59 year old Joseph Lhota by 73 % of the vote to 24 %. This three to one victory will give de Blasio a clear mandate (although it must be noted that the turnout was low as it appears about only one in four of the 4.3 million eligible voters turned out to vote.) De Blasio ran on a populist left of centre program that focused on excessive income and wealth inequality in New York and the need to do something about it, as well as a commitment to soften the sometimes harsh and harassing stop and frisk policing policy which was widely resented by by New Yorkers of colour who were often the targets of such policies. De Blasio’s victory represents another step toward the revival of progressive liberalism in the new political circumstances that have followed the crash of 2008 and the deep recession that has followed it.
Congratulations to him and we look forward to seeing how he advances his agenda while still ensuring that New York remains the dynamic metropolis that people worldwide know and appreciate.