Voters returned Mayor Mike Bloomberg to office Tuesday, but by a far smaller than expected margin, as the Independent-Republican incumbent defeated Democratic challenger Bill Thompson Jr. with about 51 percent of the vote. Thompson, the city comptroller, won 46 percent, while the remainder was scattered among several minor-party candidates.
Queens increased its presence in City Hall when Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) easily defeated Republican Joe Mendola to replace Thompson as comptroller, taking 76 percent of the vote to Mendola’s 19 percent.
Results were similar in the other citywide race, for public advocate, which Councilman Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn) won with 77 percent compared to 18 percent for Republican Alex Zablocki.
Those strong showings were also reflected in Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s race for re-election. The Democrat was backed by 76 percent of voters, compared to 20 percent for GOP challenger Robert Hornak.
Bloomberg was backed by 557,059 voters, far fewer than either Liu, who garnered 696,330 votes, or de Blasio, who took 672,383. But the mayor said in his victory speech that voters from every borough, neighborhood, nationality and party voted for continued progress by giving him a third term in office: “more progress in our schools, more progress fighting crime and poverty, more progress creating jobs and affordable housing. And more progress building a greener and healthier city.”
He congratulated Thompson for running a spirited campaign and putting up a tough fight, and gave a nod to both de Blasio and Liu for their victories, noting that the comptroller-elect is the first Asian-American ever to win a citywide office in New York.
And the mayor pledged to work even harder over the next four years than he has the last eight. “During the good times, we showed that New York City could outperform the nation in creating jobs, improving schools, fighting climate change, even extending life expectancy,” Bloomberg said. “And now in these tough times, we’re going to show that we can keep outperforming the rest of the country.”
The wealthiest man in the city, worth an estimated $16 billion, now reconfirmed as its governmental leader as well, also insisted he understands the plight of regular New Yorkers in difficult financial circumstances.
“I know it’s not easy out there,” he said. “But I also know this: while we can’t fix the national recession, we can and we will get our city through these tough times. And we’ll come out stronger than ever.”
2009 election winners
Mayor of New York City: Mike Bloomberg (I-R) I 557,059 — 51%
Comptroller: John Liu (D) 696,330 — 76%
Queens Borough President: Helen Marshall (D) I 166,703 — 76%
Council District 19: Dan Halloran (R) 13,694 — 53%
Council District 20: Peter Koo (R) 8,081 — 50%
Council District 21: Julissa Ferreras (D) I 6,362 — 100%
Council District 22: Peter Vallone Jr. (D) I 10,565 — 75%
Council District 23: Mark Weprin (D) 16,036 — 67%
Council District 24: James Gennaro (D) I 13,107 — 100%
Council District 25: Danny Dromm (D) 9,702 — 75%
Council District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer (D) 11,054 — 70%
Council District 27: Leroy Comrie (D) I 15,922 — 100%
Council District 28: Tom White Jr. (D) I 9,557 — 88%
Council District 29: Karen Koslowitz (D) 11,170 — 63%
Council District 30: Elizabeth Crowley (D) I 11,227 — 59%
Council District 31: James Sanders (D) I 14,843 — 89%
Council District 32: Eric Ulrich (R) I 12,177 — 59%
All results are preliminary until certified
I — denotes incumbent Source: NYC Board of Elections