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Will the next mayor continue the 'nanny state'?

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Bill de Blasio (left) and Joe Lhota (campaign photos) Bill de Blasio (left) and Joe Lhota (campaign photos)

"Nanny State" has been used to describe some of Mayor Bloomberg's health-conscious policies. Everything from bike lanes and Citi Bike to the transfat ban and his fight against 32-ounce soda sales.

In the race to be the next mayor, you might expect opposition from the anti-Bloomberg candidate, Democrat Bill de Blasio. He of anti-stop and frisk, tale of two cities. While you might expect support from the pro-Bloomberg candidate Republican Joe Lhota. Not necessarily, say political analysts, at least at first.

Certainly drivers want more input on traffic issues like no turns in midtown, pedestrian malls in places like Broadway and the loss of a traffic lane for those bike lanes. They seem to have made driving in Manhattan more of a chore than usual.

De Blasio will delay additional changes until there is input while Lhota will keep the policies which he says he favors.

One Bloomberg ban no one questions and no one believes will go away is the smoking ban for indoors and some parks. It has become an established, accepted way of life and copied through the world.

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