Democrat Bill de Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota to be elected the 109th mayor of New York City. He will succeed Michael Bloomberg at the helm.
The 52-year-old Bill de Blasio has held the office of New York City Public Advocate since 2010, and was favored to win the race easily, which he did.
He is expected to receive at least 70 percent of the vote at last count.
A populist, he has promised to help close the gap between the rich and poor, which is a big change from his Republican turned independent predecessor.
Despite his unprecedented progress on some social issues, Bloomberg has been criticized by de Blasio for the widening equality gap in N.Y. City.
Also, his stop-and-frisk policy became a talking point, with the mayor-elect even saying he offers "an unapologetic progressive alternative" to Bloomberg.