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Politics ‘I’m not telling you, brother’: De Blasio keeps lips sealed on his five choices as he casts vote for NYC mayor

22:01  22 june  2021
22:01  22 june  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Mayor de Blasio made up his mind about his five choices for a successor just moments before walking into a Brooklyn library to vote Tuesday afternoon, he said.

But Hizzoner still wouldn’t reveal who he ranked No. 1 through 5, even as he sang the praises of the new ranked-choice voting system.

“There’s people you love, and people you like, and then there’s people like ‘no way in hell,’” de Blasio told reporters after voting in the basement of the Park Slope Library.

“And then there’s a little bit of strategy about, ‘OK, well I may not love this person, but they’d be better than someone else. So, it really makes you think.”

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Mayor Bill de Blasio casts his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22. © Provided by New York Daily News Mayor Bill de Blasio casts his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio casts his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22.

De Blasio even admitted to a Daily News reporter that he ranked one or more candidates that he’s “not crazy about.”

“Oh, definitely — and have a nice day,” he said before leaving the polling site.

The outgoing mayor urged New Yorkers to take advantage of the chance to shape the future of the city. He also pushed voters to “maximize” their vote by picking their five top candidates in every race.

“It makes a big impact,” de Blasio said. “Do not waste your vote.”

a man standing in front of a cake: Mayor Bill de Blasio casts his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22. © Provided by New York Daily News Mayor Bill de Blasio casts his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio casts his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22.

He praised frontrunner Eric Adams as a “progressive” who risked his police career to stand up to some of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s divisive policies.

“Unquestionably, he is a progressive,” de Blasio said about Adams. “I mean, he was a progressive long before it was fashionable.”

But de Blasio refused to say whether the kind words meant he ranked Adams No. 1 on his ballot.

“I’m not telling you, brother,” Hizzoner told a News reporter.

Bill de Blasio wearing a suit and tie: Mayor Bill de Blasio is pictured after casting his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22. © Provided by New York Daily News Mayor Bill de Blasio is pictured after casting his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is pictured after casting his vote in the NYC Primary Election at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 22.

The mayor doubled down on his criticism of Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang for their last-minute campaign alliance. Adams has also denounced Garcia and Yang joining forces as an attempt to prevent a Black candidate from winning.

“Anything that happens at the last moment is inherently a political move, not a philosophical move,” de Blasio said.

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The embattled governor held nothing back Wednesday as he weighed in on the mayoral primary and did little to disguise his true feelings for Mayor de Blasio. “It’s hard for me to work with an administration that is hyper-political and is not competent,” he said during a press briefing at his Manhattan office the morning after voters went to the polls to pick de Blasio’s likely successor. “And it’s hard to do that for a prolonged period of time. And I believe that’s what happened with New York City.“We need to get things done. We need results. And I need a competent partner in local government,” he added.

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