Joe Lhota endorsed by George Pataki, Dean Skelos

Joe Lhota was endorsed by former Governor George Pataki and New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Tuesday. Credit: Emily Anne Epstein/Metro
Joe Lhota was endorsed by former Governor George Pataki and New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Tuesday. Credit: Emily Anne Epstein/Metro

Former Governor George Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos endorsed Joe Lhota for mayor on Tuesday.

The two Republicans are well-known for their “crossover” appeal to conservative Democrats and independents, a voting bloc that is crucial for a Republican candidate in New York City.

“Throughout his career in public service Joe Lhota has been the kind of leader who not only brings people together, but he keeps them together to get the job done,” said former Governor George Pataki.

Current Governor Andrew Cuomo stood with Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio on Monday, as Thompson conceded the Democratic nomination to de Blasio. Thompson is technically still a candidate, however, until the Board of Elections has finished re-canvassing all votes.

Lhota praised his endorsers in turn as “great New York leaders.”

“Governor Pataki and Majority Leader Skelos are true examples of sensible and responsible governing that resonates with all New Yorkers,” Lhota said.

Lhota and de Blasio are both on a tear, shoring up support from the former endorsers of their primary rivals. Lhota has even attempted to reach out to some groups that endorsed Democrats in the primary.

Lhota met with DC 37 Tuesday morning, one of the city’s largest and most powerful unions.

But DC 37 officially endorsed Bill de Blasio a few hours later.

A new poll from the Wall Street Journal, NBC and Marist Tuesday had de Blasio beating Lhota 65% to 22%.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

PHOTO: Australian hockey players get photobombed by Queen…

The selfie / photobomb has gone viral.

Local

Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.

Local

NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Tech

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble…

By Deepa SeetharamanSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and…

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…