Mayor de Blasio was projected as the winner of his re-election battle for mayor Tuesday night — cruising to victory against his main challenger Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
The mayor had about 65 percent of the vote compared to the Staten Island Republican’s paltry 28 with more than 86 percent of the precincts reporting.
“I entered this race with eyes wide open knowing the odds were stacked against,” Malliotakis admitted after her defeat.
“But from the very beginning this race was never about me. It was about all of you.”
De Blasio garnered less of the vote than in his 2013 contest — where he bested Republican Joe Lhota with 73 percent of the vote.
The mayor overcame a corruption scandal that loomed over City Hall for months until prosecutors in March ended an investigation of his fund-raising practices without filing charges — while leveling harsh criticism of his end run around election laws.
Voters also weren’t swayed by recent courtroom testimony in which admitted pay-to-play crook Jona Rechnitz claimed that six-figure donations scored him direct access to the mayor.
Never behind in the polls and facing underfunded challengers, de Blasio skated in without addressing major problems simmering since he took office in 2014.
With homelessness at near-record levels and the subways crumbling amid his escalating feud with Gov. Cuomo, the mayor has his work cut out for him in his second term.
Despite pledging “more transparency in government” during his 2013 campaign, de Blasio had to be sued by The Post and NY1 to cough up his e-mails with political advisers he claimed were “agents of the city.”
He has since refused to release records of his phone calls with Rechnitz.
“This whole agents-of-the-city debacle was a huge embarrassment,” said John Kaehny of the good-government NYC Transparency Working Group.
De Blasio told the state Financial Control Board in 2014 that he’d “constantly watch our fiscal dynamics and ensure they are sustainable,” then presided over a series of budgets that raised spending by more than 20 percent and added 31,000 workers to the public payroll.
Retired library researcher John Ferretti, 75, of Washington Heights, said the mayor’s “bloated payroll” spurred him to vote for Nicole Malliotakis.
“He’s just out of it,” Ferretti said. “He’s corrupt and subscribes to socialist values which I absolutely deplore.”
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SOURCE: New York Post – Bruce Golding