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Bloomberg’s Show of “Deference,” Block by Block Results, NPR Profiles LES Pickles

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In spite of his narrow 4.6-percent victory, Mayor Bloomberg says "that was as close to a mandate as I think you can possibly come in a very difficult time." But yesterday Bloomberg grudgingly acknowledged the political landscape in NYC has changed:

NYT: … Never known for his humility, (he) made an elaborate show of deference. His
staff hastily arranged a highly visible meeting, at a Manhattan
restaurant, with the city’s public advocate-elect, Bill de Blasio,
a Democrat. Just a few weeks ago, the mayor said the citywide office
was “a waste of everyone’s money,” and called for its abolition."

New York's new comptroller, John Liu, however was in no rush to meet with the mayor:

Mr. Liu said he could not find time on his schedule, a highly unusual slight. Later,
Mr. Liu told a reporter: “A long time ago, the people of New York
decided there would be no king nor a monarch in New York City.”

Rep. Nydia Velazquez and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will meet with President Obama today.

The Times has an interesting interactive map depicting how Bloomberg and Bill Thompson did, block by block. 

NPR profiles the Pickle Guys.

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