Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won the election for mayor by an overwhelming margin because his opponent took the identical progressive position on social issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, topics conservatives consider of prime importance when selecting a candidate for public office.
As a result, Republicans and conservatives felt no motivation to vote, especially since the polls indicated a complete rout. Staten Island turnout was particularly low and is a strong bed for the conservative movement.
The fear-mongering ads depicting lawlessness during the Dinkins administration did not work, and as a matter of opinion, continuation of the status quo where the rich get richer and the poor are ignored would lead to increased tension and street protests.
Mayor-elect de Blasio, if he keeps true to his campaign promises and closes the gap between the rich and the middle class, will avoid unrest. And with a new police commissioner, reduce tension in African American and Latino communities over excessive, unwarranted stop and frisk policies not based on guidelines established by the Supreme Court.
Communities of color will begin working with police enforcement instead of remaining silent in the face of criminal behavior.