Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio wins New York Mayoralty Race in a Landslide.

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.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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