October 30, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Downtown / Election Coverage

Who will win on Tuesday? These pols think they know

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Downtown Democratic powerbroker Steve Cohn had his annual pre-Election Day breakfast at Junior’s, so we caught up with all the local poobahs to get their predictions about Tuesday’s mayoral election. Mayor Bloomberg may be up by 15 percent in the polls, but these Democratic pols are convinced that he’ll wake up on Nov. 4 as the outgoing leader.

Brad Lander
Democratic Candidate for City Council to succeed Bill DeBlasio
“I’m voting for Bill Thompson. Bloomberg has done some good, but I can’t support his development policies and [what he did] on term limits. I support Thompson’s neighborhood approach. He’s done a lot of work for freelancers and affordable housing. He has stood up to Battery Park City and is working for them to devote units for affordable housing.”

Bill Thompson
Comptroller and mayoral candidate
“I think I’m going to win. People are excited, eager, and enthusiastic to vote for me. People are tired of the direction Bloomberg has taken us. Tuesday, after I win, I am going to thank New York City. The hardest part of this campaign is seeing the amazing amount of money spent to distort my record and tell people to vote for him in a backwards manner. The easiest was getting out there and speaking to my people. I was born in Bed-Stuy, went to school in Crown Heights, and I love Brooklyn!”

David Paterson
Governor of New York
“I support Thompson. I can’t tell right now [who will win], but people are going to be shocked. I learned a lesson from my campaign, that we need to be prepared for surprise, and that’s the lesson people need to take home.”

Howard Golden
Former Borough President
“I support Billy Thompson. He will win. Why? because he represents the very best of Brooklyn. His honesty is unsurpassed, he is the number one in integrity, number one personality, and he is the only one who is able to revive this city.”

Steve Cohn
Democratic State Committeeman
“Who’s going to win? The person with the most votes. I believe the mayor has done a good job and should be congratulated. But if you ask anyone on Broadway, they will say it’s time for Bloomberg to get off the stage.”

Marty Markowitz
Borough President
“Mayor Bloomberg is going to win. I’d say by eight to 10 percent.”

Charles Hynes
District Attorney
“Comptroller Bill Thompson is getting a lot of steam. The Bloomberg Administration doesn’t know how big of a problem the term limit is [for his campaign]. Bill Thompson will win — there will be a surprise on Tuesday.”

Mike McMahon
Congressman (D–Bay Ridge)
“The breakfast at Junior’s is very good, and I leave poll prognostication to those who are clairvoyant like Nadler.”

Jerry Nadler (left in picture)
Congressman (D–Coney Island)
“The polls are saying Bloomberg, but there will be a surprise. The only poll that matters is the one on election day.”

Steve Levin
Democratic Candidate for City Council to succeed David Yassky
“Billy Thompson has got a great chance and he’s picking up steam. I’ve been talking to the people of the 33rd District and they are voting for him. He’s a wonderful guy, fantastic candidate with a great down-to-earth, accessible and neighborhood approach.”

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Reader Feedback

Mike from Carroll Gardens says:
Politicians see people with cars as having money. This money has to be taken from them in the form of congestion pricing, new bridge tolls, and community parking permits. So, the question is "Are there more people with cars or more people without cars?" That is the way we'll decide the race for the 39th council district. It’s about the money. I hope more will see through Bloomberg's plan to get his congestion-pricing plan passed. Don't vote for Bloomberg if you have a car. Vote for Joe Nardiello if you have a car in the 39th district.
Nov. 1, 2009, 1:23 pm
Sam Jacoby from Williamsburg says:
“all politicians are cheats and liars anyway so who cares who wins? they should all be charged for grand theft . Just look at Blago just makes me vomit
Nov. 2, 2009, 4:48 pm
Moshe Aron kestenbaum from Williamsburg says:
We voted for him twice before , we are stupid suckers, no no we will not give him four more years . I am not a sucker to this real-estate baron that is also a bigoted, physically repulsive person/
Nov. 2, 2009, 7:15 pm

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