At some point in the history of the United States, we may be able to find a mayor who was a bigger failure than Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City. It is theoretically possible that in some other metropolis at some period in time, there was a mayor who would devitalize a once thriving city as quickly and powerfully as Bill de Blasio.
New Yorkers across the political spectrum have finally found a unifying theme; we are counting the hours, days, and weeks until de Blasio leaves office.
While Mayor de Blasio’s tenure as NYC Mayor can be generously described as catastrophic, he is undoubtedly a brilliant politician. He is the David Copperfield of politics, what we see in public bears no resemblance to what is taking place behind the scenes.
Bill de Blasio was first swept into Office in 2013 by successfully exploiting well justified middle-class and working-class anxiety over the affordability crisis in New York.
Campaign rhetoric aside, the actual de Blasio administration presides over the largest distribution of misery for all New Yorkers regardless of their financial status. With the exception of the de Blasio inner circle, the most well-connected consultant/lobbyists, and mega real estate interests, everyone else in New York is worse off.
Quality public education is essential to overcoming opportunity gaps. New York City spends far more per pupil than any other system in the country, but making sure money is well spent and our children are learning means very little to de Blasio.
An exam administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a highly regarded and objective comparison of school districts performance across the country.
According to the results, less than 40% of Black and Latino children were proficient in math and English. Last year, only 20% of New York City school children took the state’s English and math exams! Enrollment in NYC public schools is down dramatically to approximately 938,000 from a peak of 1.1 million students.
At the end of Michael Bloomberg’s last year in office, there were 332 murders in New York City. De Blasio took over and swiftly commenced a war on police.
After eight years in office, de Blasio now holds the ignominious distinction of leading the city during the largest ever yearly increase in homicides. New York City is on pace to record nearly 50% more homicides than Bloomberg’s last year in office.
The mayor of New York City dishonestly attacks his own police officers on live national television during a debate. Is it any wonder that New Yorkers live in a city where police are doused with water responding to calls? Mayor de Blasio has created a culture that tolerates ferocious attacks against law enforcement.
In de Blasio’s New York, police are frequently and violently attacked by repeat felons who are promptly released without bail. Shooting police officers or hurling Molotov cocktails at members of the NYPD doesn’t concern the de Blasio administration nearly as much making sure cops are arresting someone ordering food at a Panera without showing a vaccine card!
Addressing lack of opportunity for the disadvantaged has nothing to do with a bitterly obsessed mayor promulgating false propaganda endangering the safety of those who have sworn to protect us.
While the “rich” are far more likely to afford and use Uber to and from their daily destinations, the rest of us routinely have to take the subway. There is no more glaring example of de Blasio decay than a trip on the subway.
Taking the subway in New York City has become palpably dangerous; you can feel it and you can see it. Too many straphangers have at least one recent anecdote. Not only have the subways become more dangerous under de Blasio, but mass transit in New York City has become horrifically unreliable.
Bill de Blasio made affordable housing a cornerstone of his campaign. According to one study, de Blasio’s housing plan only met 15% of the needs for those most susceptible to homelessness.
And let us not forget the infamous Rivington House Scandal where a de Blasio friend and lobbyist managed to convince the city to lift a deed restriction to converting a nursing home for HIV/AIDS patients into a massive luxury housing complex.
The Thrive NYC debacle? Middle class New Yorkers forced to move out because of sky-high property taxes and explosive rents The NYC unemployment rate double the national average?
The garbage piling up on the sidewalks and filthy streets? I know I didn’t delve into any of those issues and even skipped over a few more. Not necessary.
The conclusion is obvious beyond cavil. Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City. Mayor-Elect Eric Adams can’t take office soon enough.
Nicholas Chamberas has advised good government advocacy groups, elected officials and political candidates on public policy matters as well as having served as a senior adviser on several prominent New York City campaigns. He holds a degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor. Read Nicholas Chamberas Reports — More Here.
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