Conservative Party endorses Lhota for mayor
The New York State Conservative Party has endorsed former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joseph Lhota for mayor over his rival, billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, it was announced on June 3.
Mike Long, a Bay Ridge resident who chairs the Conservative Party, announced the endorsement of Lhota at a press conference on the steps of City Hall. The endorsement ensures that Lhota, who served as a deputy mayor in the Giuliani Administration, will have a spot on the ballot in the November election, regardless of what takes place in the Republican Primary in September. Similarly, Catsimatidis will have a spot on the ballot even if he loses the GOP primary, thanks to an endorsement from the Liberal party.
Jerry Kassar, chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, and Fran Vella-Marrone, the Brooklyn party’s vice chairman, were also on hand at the press conference.