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How Bloomberg Won

The New York Post has some inside dish on yesterday’s City Council vote that won Mayor Michael Bloomberg the chance to run for a third term. Facing a tight vote, Bloomberg aides and Council Speaker Christine Quinn were said to be enticing council members with choice committee assignments in exchange for a “yes.” (They denied the accusations.) In any case, pro-Bloomberg forces succeeded in winning two 11th-hour converts: Brooklyn’s Darlene Mealy and the Bronx’s James Vacca. Mealy’s vote was considered so uncertain that she was put under surveillance when she stepped out the chamber around 3:00 p.m. After the vote, Mealy fled rather than talk to reporters.

October 24, 2008 5:31 AM