Bill de Blasio, the candidate poised to become New York City's next mayor, will roll back a series of reforms that made the Big Apple livable, according to an editorial in The Wall Street Journal
. "New York voters are about to elect the Occupy movement to run America's largest city," the editorial states.
Republican Joe Lhota is trailing by more than 40 points. A seasoned administrator who once served in the critical role of deputy mayor for operations, he has proven to be an inept campaigner
New Yorkers may be annoyed with Mayor Mike Bloomberg's haughty style, the Journal opined, but in replacing him with de Blasio they will also be repudiating "the conservative reforms achieved by a generation of city leaders from both parties, which transformed New York from a terrifying urban joke into the nation's municipal crown jewel."
Bloomberg's predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, has been pilloried for being a "Mussolini" by liberals, but his law enforcement and municipal reforms set the City on the path of success and "remarkable civic calm," said the Journal.
These gains are threatened by de Blasio's agenda. The Police Department, under Commissioner Ray Kelly, pursued a contentious — and according to a federal judge, unconstitutional — stop-and-frisk program. But if this tool is completely abandoned, the city's murder rate, now at its lowest since the 1960s, could spiral and the quality of life may well plummet
The Democrat promises to raise income taxes, and it's probable real estate taxes will also go higher. Bill de Blasio even wants to tax philanthropy citing private park conservancies as his first target.
Close to labor unions he is also not supportive of charter schools. His push to mandate a "living wage" of $11.75 an hour on all city related projects will have the unintended effect of reducing jobs, the Journal says.
And his plan to force developers to set aside housing units below market rates will more than likely diminish available housing stock.
The Journal says it is worrisome that New York's next probable mayor seems enamored with the "idealism" of Nicaragua's Sandinistas, Castro's Cuba, and even Mugabe's Zimbabwe — there also is little evidence that his previous experience has prepared him to run New York City.
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