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Closer look at Lhota mayoral bid

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The race for NYC mayor is taking shape. GDNY spoke with political analysts Jeanne Zaino and Basil Smikle on Thursday, the day after MTA chairman Joe Lhota threw his hat into the ring.

"He has an uphill battle. He's never run for office before. It's a heck of job to run for your first time out," said Zaino.

"It's going to be interesting because he's also the Governor's appointee. Does he say I work for the governor? We have to balance budgets? He can take it to the Democrats: I know how to balance budgets; I know how to run a vast, complicated system. He was the deputy mayor of operations during Mayor Giuliani," said Smikle.

Lhota, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will resign at the end of the year, according to a statement from the MTA.

Lhota has submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His resignation is effective at the end of the day on December 31, 2012.

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