By 10 o’clock everyone knew. Robert Morgenthau arrived at his victory party roughly 40 minutes after rumors of the win first circulated through the crowd at Puttanesca last night. The 86-year-old District Attorney was met by chants of “Four more years!” as he cautiously made his way to the podium. The crowd cheered as Morgenthau and his wife, Lucinda, stood behind the podium, their hands held proudly above their heads. “I am grateful to the voters of Manhattan,” said Morgenthau to a packed room in the upper west side restaurant. As the cameras all pointed toward him, Morgenthau seemed slightly bewildered, or perhaps he was just relieved that the Snyder scare was over.
Snyder (as in Judge Leslie Crocker)—who received the coveted New York Times‘ endorsement—campaigned into the early evening. An hour before polls closed,
As Snyder and her campaign posse distributed pamphlets and shook hands on the corner of 96th and Broadway. Snyder said she felt “positive energy” from people. “It’s an unreal feeling it’ll be over in a couple hours,” she said Snyder, intermittently waving at passers by. “The funniest comment I get regularly is, ‘You’ve got balls!'” she said.
Back at the Morgenthau party, there were less direct references to Snyder’s tough judicial temperament. “I know the importance of representing everybody,” said Morgenthau, who had criticized Snyder for supporting the death penalty, “see that justice is done—justice tempered with mercy.” Morgenthau also said he has “the best staff in the country” and does not want any “gunslingers,” a term Morgenthau has used in the past to depict Snyder.
Though the election results showed Morgenthau won by a significant point-spread, the majority of the crowd continued to keep a watchful eye on the big-screen television that churned out polling results until nerves gave way to a sense of relief. Morgenthau said he would be “even-handed” and “fair.” “I will try to live up to your expectations,” he said. I will try. I will try my best.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 14, 2005