NY Daily News backs Lhota in GOP Mayoral Primary

NEW YORK (AP) -

The New York Daily News is backing
former Metropolitan Transit Authority chief Joe Lhota in the Republican mayoral primary.

The Daily News endorsed Lhota in an editorial published Sunday. The paper cited his high-level government service and praised his work getting transit moving again after Superstorm Sandy.

The Daily News editorial calls Lhota”superbly qualified.” It says he “offers a clear vision of a city government that is compassionate, cost-effective and dedicated to delivering measurable results.”

Lhota is the front-runner in the GOP primary, leading billionaire John Catsimatidis and nonprofit founder George McDonald.

The paper previously endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on the Democratic side.

Don’t Stop Trains For Kittens

Meanwhile, Joe Lhota says he wouldn’t have stopped the subway because two lost kittens were scrambling along the tracks.

A spokesman for Joe Lhota told the New York Post Friday the candidate doesn’t think shutting down subway service for lost cats is appropriate. But he said Lhota believes it wouldn’t be the mayor’s decision in any case.

On Thursday, the MTA cut power on two Brooklyn subway lines for more than an hour as the two pets scurried around the tracks. The furry felines were finally rescued about seven hours later.

Officials say kittens Arthur and August are being treated in a shelter.

Other mayoral hopefuls tell the paper they would’ve stopped the trains.