NEW YORK (AP) Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio says New York is ready for progressive change.

The Democrat told about 300 supporters Thursday that it's time to make the city better for everyone.

The supporters gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall waved signs and chanted "Mayor de Blasio!"

De Blasio was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's Democratic primary with just over the 40 percent needed to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff.

Former city comptroller Bill Thompson, who finished second, has vowed to stay in the race.

The Board of Elections will start checking the vote totals on Friday.