Charles Hynes, Brooklyn D.A., Goes Negative in Effort to Resurrect Campaign

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Call it the battle of questionable campaign aides. The campaign of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and that of Ken Thompson, the man who beat him in the democratic primary, are trading attacks around claims that each campaign used politically connected operatives with criminal records in their runs.

The 23-year incumbent Hynes lost to former federal prosecutor Thompson by 11 points what was the biggest upset of this year's primary election. Hynes still held the Republican and Conservative lines in the general election. After initially saying he'd step out gracefully, even personally telling Thompson that he would, he abruptly changed his mind and started campaigning.

He is slated to officially announce what an aide described as an "aggressive and enthusiastic" campaign Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Thompson on Monday received an endorsement from Senator Charles Schumer, who lauded "Thompson's commitment to justice, unquestioned integrity and experience protecting the public."

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Michael Reilly, Retired NYPD Lieutenant and Impressively Coherent Write-In Candidate for Mayor, Talks About the Job

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Mayoral write-in Mike Reilly
As the November 5 general election approaches, the major candidates are doing their usual two-step. Among the other lesser-known candidates, there is the write-in campaign for mayor of Mike Reilly, a retired NYPD lieutenant and member of Staten Island's school board.

We write about Reilly, a 40-year-old married father of three, because he's kind of a sensible voice of the outer-borough middle class--a group that the major candidates claim to champion, but often disappoint.

"The candidates refer to the middle class, but it's really the working class," Reilly says. "It's people working from check to check. The property tax bills and water bills are through the roof. And, unfortunately, they are not hearing us."


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An (Early) Handicapping of Some Possible Candidates for the Next NYPD Commissioner

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Democratic primary winner Bill de Blasio met last Wednesday with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for what was probably a pretty interesting conversation. The meeting was scheduled for three hours, and said to be a primer on law enforcement issues that the next mayor may confront. (Republican primary winner Joseph Lhota was set to have his meeting this week.)

One wonders whether they discussed who the next police commissioner might be, which right now seems to be the most important decision the new mayor's going to make. After the jump, we present an incomplete list of the names being floated as possible successors to a guy with some big shoes--Kelly, the longest serving commissioner in NYPD history. We should note that it has been 23 years since an African-American held the top position in the department. No one of Hispanic descent, and no woman has ever run the department. Given the stop-and-frisk controversy, that has to be a consideration for the next mayor.

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Christine Quinn Won Four Percent of Votes in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

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In East New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got 3.7 percent of the vote. In Brownsville, 3.3 percent. In South Jamaica, 3.2 percent. In Canarsie, 2.7 percent. In East Flatbush, 1.6 percent.

In all, four percent of voters in majority-black neighborhoods chose Quinn for mayor in Tuesday's Democratic primary, according to election data gathered by the New York Times. That was the fifth lowest total, behind even John Liu and Anthony Weiner. In neighborhoods that are three-quarters or more black--mostly in central Brooklyn and southeast Queens--Quinn took 2.7 percent of the vote.

Not a good look in a city that is more than a quarter black.

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Election Night At Brownsville's Betsy Head Park

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Betsy Head Park in the daytime.
The parents sat along the long green benches at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, watching their sons' Pop Warner football practice. Some discussed the kids' game on Sunday--that fumble at the end of the second half changed everything! Some flipped through newspapers. Some munched on sour candy.

Then came a loud noise from the street. It was mumbled and static-y, as if from an AM station just out of range. Heads turned to see a black van with a speaker on the roof slowly cruising by.

Somethingsomethingsomething vote for suchandsuch! Somethingsomethingsomething vote for suchandsuch!

A woman in a white shirt turned toward the older lady next to her.

"If we could understand it, that would be nice," she said with a grin.

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Advocacy Group "Anybody But Quinn" Got Exactly What They Wanted

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They wanted anybody but Quinn, and they got one. Possibly even two.

The Anybody But Quinn campaign celebrated election returns last night at Mustang Sally's at 28th Street and 7th Avenue. Culminating there in that nondescript midtown bar at the northern edge of Chelsea was a four-year campaign to make sure that, no matter what, Christine Quinn never became the city's chief executive. The group's alternative? Anyone. Really, anyone at all.

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De Blasio's Victory Spurred On By Early Embrace Of Deep Public Disaffection With Stop and Frisk

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Bill de Blasio's victory tonight in the Democratic mayoral primary caps a fairly startling turnabout in what was a most amusing and topsy-turvy race, a race which saw the sitting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumble from a large early lead to a fairly pedestrian third place finish. That de Blasio could win (apparently) with a run-off proof margin was even more startling.

With 95 percent of the vote counted, de Blasio had that magic, runoff-proof 40 percent of the vote, Bill Thompson, 26 percent, Christine Quinn, 15 percent, Comptroller John Liu, 7 percent and Anthony Weiner, 5.

In the early debates months ago, we recall de Blasio seeming kind of marginalized, almost an afterthought, the tall man perched at the edge of Quinn's mayorly glow, Thompson's quiet steadiness and Weiner's frenetic energy. (His first poll numbers stood at less than 10 percent.)

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An Upset Brews In Brooklyn; Ken Thompson Shocking the World With 10-Point Lead Over Charles Hynes

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An upset has brewed in Brooklyn. So far, former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson is 10 points up on 23-year veteran Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes with 82 percent of the vote in. Such an outcome, as we noted earlier, would be a shocker. No sitting DA has lost such a race in 100 years.

The returns suggest that perhaps Brooklyn voters had finally tired of Hynes and all of the controversies and scandals that dogged at his heels in recent years. "This election was about change and getting rid of a corrupt politician," said Abe George, a one-time candidate who stepped out of the race, he said tonight, to give Thompson a better chance to win. We caught up to George at Thompson's election night event. (We couldn't reach the Hynes folks tonight, but we think they would object to George's characterization.)

Hynes could still run on the republican-conservative line in November, by the way, setting up an interesting rematch.


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De Blasio Campaign Workers Seen Inside Bronx Polling Site ... Uh, That's a no-no

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As NY1, quoting a Edison research exit poll, reports that Bill de Blasio is close to a runoff-proof margin, and not to throw a monkey wrench into the looming de Blasio party, but Voice staffer Anna Merlan just wrote in to tell us that de Blasio campaign workers were seen in full regalia inside a polling location in the Bronx.

The workers were wearing de Blasio campaign t-shirts and were carrying clipboards and campaign flyers. They apparently walked in a side door of the polling site at a public housing development on Nagle Avenue.

That's a potential violation of campaign law. A city board of election spokesperson said the agency would look into the incident. A de Blasio spokesman said it was impossible to check out tonight.

Different Direction, Good; Stop and Frisk and Overturning Term Limits, Bad, Voters Say in Exit Poll

An Edison Research exit poll conducted tonight is saying that 3/4 of New Yorkers want to move in a different direction from the Bloomberg years, even though 51 percent think he did a good job. The pollsters also found that 58 percent thought the stop and frisk campaign was excessive, and 66 percent thought term limits were a bad idea.

The poll found that 70 percent of voters held a positive impression of Bill de Blasio, while 60 percent felt the same way about Bill Thompson. Christine Quinn fared less well. Anthony Weiner had the least favorable impression, the poll found.

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