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NYC Mayor Regrets Not Changing City Elections

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The mayor said on his local WOR-AM radio show Friday that the election issue may be his biggest regret as he reflects on his 12-year tenure. He leaves office Dec. 31.

The Republican-turned-independent mayor says an unaffiliated voter "doesn't get a real, practical chance" to participate. He says in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, "it's only the primary that matters."

With that said, no Democrat had won the mayor's office in a generation before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Bloomberg championed a 2003 ballot initiative that would have instituted nonpartisan city elections. It failed by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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