In brief: NYC mayor’s race runner-up concedes
NEW YORK – The runner-up in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary ended his campaign Monday, clearing the way for a general election that will pit the two major-party opponents with vastly different visions of how the city should move forward after 12 years of Michael Bloomberg as mayor.
Democratic front-runner Bill de Blasio will face Republican nominee Joe Lhota now that the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary, Bill Thompson, has withdrawn. Thompson’s decision eliminated a potential Oct. 1 runoff against de Blasio. That possibility had loomed as a significant distraction for Democrats, who are hoping to elect their first mayor since 1989.
Company will pay molasses spill costs
HONOLULU – The chief executive of the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters said the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers.
Matson Navigation Co. CEO Matt Cox said Monday he is sorry for the spill, and the company won’t ship molasses until it’s confident a similar spill will not occur.
Cox spoke after taking a boat tour of the harbor and nearby waters with state officials, lawmakers and reporters.
State officials say they have collected about 25,000 dead fish and other animals from surrounding waters since the Sept. 9 spill.
The spill happened in Honolulu Harbor in an industrial area about 5 miles west of Waikiki.