The most recent former chief of New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, and a deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani, is hoping that his experience, knowledge and sense of humor can carry him to the take over as mayor when Michael Bloomberg’s final term is over.
Joseph Lhota filed Thursday to join the race for New York City mayor, with advisers telling the New York Times that their hope is his colorful character and outspoken nature, combined with what he has done in public service, will appeal to New Yorkers amid a crowded field of staid Democrats.
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Lhota joined Giuliani’s administration in 1993, and eventually became deputy mayor for operations. He was involved in decisions from closing the city’s last remaining landfill to making significant inroads to close budget gaps, and was known for being well-liked by members of a City Council that reportedly did not get along with many in Giuliani’s administration.
“I had a terrible relationship with the Giuliani administration,” said former City Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge. “But not with Joe, ever. He was respectful, he was responsive and funny, and willing to at least give you the impression that he was agreeing with you.”
Pointing out in an interview Thursday that reporters should not “forget his sense of humor,” Lhota is well known for cracking jokes and sarcastic remarks which have at turns endeared him to and angered those around him.
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