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De Blasio's Grades in Office: B's, C's and an Incomplete

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 09:27 AM

A panel of critics solicited by the New York Daily News has graded New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office and the results are a mixed bag: two B's, two C's and an incomplete.

On the plus side, according to Fordham University political science professor Christina Greer, de Blasio gets props for his efforts to "forge an untested 21st century progressive path," manifested by negotiating stagnant union contracts, implementing universal pre-kindergarten and addressing "growing" racial tensions.

Points were deducted for his continued relationship with controversial civil rights leader Al Sharpton, as well as ongoing problems with the NYPD,  the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, and the horse-carriage lobbies.

Greer gave the mayor a "B."

Last month, The Wall Street Journal published a story about de Blasio’s chronic lateness, noting that the mayor "has a long history of tardiness, from infuriating people in Italy gathered for a speech in his ancestors’ hometown this summer to keeping U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer waiting for him at an event in Brooklyn last week."

Policy analyst Basil Smikle gave de Blasio a "C" for his first year, characterizing it as "a clumsy transition from campaigning to governing."

Smikle also pointed to de Blasio’s "constant lateness" as well as inefficiencies with handling policy, such as the "vexing inability to pass a horse-and-carriage ban that he could have pushed through the legislature months ago."

The Revs. Patrick O’Connor and Getulio Cruz of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation were not quite as generous. De Blasio received an "incomplete" for his "largely unfulfilled" commitment to address long-standing problems with the New York City Housing Authority.

"His administration has not aggressively responded to the federal court settlement to remove life-threatening mold from tenants’ apartments," they wrote, and "his commitment to build or renovate 200,000 units of housing is also largely unfulfilled. There seems to be a preoccupation with planning and process, not yet a pipeline of production.

"The mayor needs to decide whether he is the head of an administration — directing agencies that deliver safety, housing, and other services to the city — or the head of a progressive movement or partisan campaign."

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A panel of critics solicited by the New York Daily News has graded New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's first year in office and the results are a mixed bag: two B's, two C's and an incomplete.
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