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New York City mayoral election, 1953

New York City mayoral election, 1953

November 3, 1953

Candidate Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Harold Riegelman Rudolph Halley
Party Democratic Republican Liberal
Alliance - - Independent
Popular vote 1,022,626 661,591 467,104
Percentage 46.33% 29.97% 21.16%

Results by Borough

Mayor before election

Vincent R. Impellitteri

Elected Mayor

Robert F. Wagner, Jr.

The New York City mayoral election of 1953 occurred on Tuesday, November 3, 1953, with the Democratic candidate, Manhattan Borough President Robert F. Wagner, Jr. winning a decisive plurality in a 3-way race.

Wagner defeated the Republican nominee, lawyer and Postmaster of New York City, Harold Riegelman, as well as the Liberal Party nominee, New York City Council President Rudolph Halley.

Halley additionally ran on the Independent Citizens ballot line.

Wagner enjoyed the support of the powerful Tammany Hall political machine, easily securing him a victory.

Wagner received 46.33% of the vote to Riegelman's 29.97%, a Democratic victory margin of 16.36%. Halley finished in third with 21.16%. [1]

Wagner won comfortable pluralities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and won a majority in Staten Island. Riegelman won a razor-thin plurality in Queens.

Wagner would be sworn in to the first of his 3 terms in January 1954, replacing outgoing independent Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri.


1953 party Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Richmond [Staten Is.] Total %
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Democratic 236,960 206,771 339,970 207,918 31,007 1,022,626 46.3%
47.9% 46.2% 46.6% 40.6% 51.8%
Harold Riegelman Republican 147,876 97,224 183,968 208,829 23,694 661,591 30.0%
29.9% 21.7% 25.2% 40.8% 39.6%
Rudolph Halley Liberal 76,884 112,825 162,275 73,192 3,514 428,690 19.4%
Independent 7,648 9,853 13,264 7,356 295 38,416 1.7%
Total 84,532 122,678 175,539 80,548 3,809 467,106 21.1%
17.1% 27.4% 24.1% 15.7% 6.4%
Clifford T. McAvoy American Labor Party 14,904 13,290 17,337 7,182 332 53,045 2.4%

Total vote was 2,207,516 Other vote was David L. Weiss-Socialist Workers-2,054 (0.1%);Nathan Karp-Industrial Government-916; Scattered-180. "Industrial Government" is a ballot title sometimes used, to avoid confusion or to meet election laws, by the Socialist Labor Party. The Liberal Party of New York won over five times as many votes as the American Labor Party in Manhattan, and eight-to-ten times as many in the other boroughs. The ALP lost its ballot status after the 1954 Governor's race, and voted to dissolve itself in 1956.


  1. ^ "New York City Mayoral Election 1953". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
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