Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
City Hall was initially at a loss for words when The [Daily] News emailed at 4 p.m. asking why the POW/MIA flag wasn’t flying. Three hours later, at 7:10 p.m., a spokesman emailed a bland response.
“We will review flag protocol and ensure the POW flag is displayed appropriately at City Hall,” the de Blasio spokesman said .
But when darkness fell, a worker skulked out around 10:10 p.m. and was spotted hoisting the dissed flag.
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“Voters in Iowa seem to be more of a priority for the mayor than veterans in New York,” [a veterans’ advocate] scoffed. “And I think it’s especially egregious less than a week from Memorial Day.”
Posted: May 13th, 2015 | Filed under: 1
Still, his day job never felt far away. The mayor was heckled throughout the event by supporters of the Central Park horse-carriage industry, which he has pledged to eliminate. Reporters peppered him with questions about crimes back in Manhattan, including a recent spate of assaults involving a man with a hammer.
There was also a poll, released by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday, that showed Mr. de Blasio with the lowest approval rating of his mayoralty, with 44 percent of voters approving of his performance; 40 percent disapproved. In January, when he was facing protests from his own police force, his approval rating was 49 percent.
“None of us should get lost in perceptions,” Mr. de Blasio said, when asked about the numbers.
But while the mayor has defended his Washington trip as an integral part of his job — saying he wanted to secure federal aid for reforms in New York City — his attention on Tuesday seemed squarely in the national realm.
He weighed in on federal trade deals, saying, emphatically, “We can’t have another Nafta.” He nodded as labor leaders attacked a political system they said had been co-opted by wealthy corporations.
And in a separate speech here on Tuesday morning, where he appeared at a liberal think-tank event alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, Mr. de Blasio made it clear that his goals spanned far beyond New York City’s five boroughs.
“It’s time to listen to the people all over this country, to listen to their hunger for a change,” Mr. de Blasio said, his voice rising. “It’s up to us to answer their call — their strong demand, in fact — that we create a more just nation.”
According to the Quinnipiac poll, New Yorkers are mixed about their mayor’s national ambitions. Forty-six percent of voters said his involvement in affairs outside the city was distracting him from his duties; 42 percent said it was not. Half of voters in the poll said the mayor did not have strong leadership qualities; 44 percent said he did.
Conveniently Forgetting The Vast Wisdom Of The 282,344 Primary Voters (A Staggering 6.6% Of New York City’s 4.3 Million Registered Voters) Who Catapulted Him To Worldwide Greatness
Posted: May 8th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
As for his own record, the mayor apparently thinks non-New Yorkers are the ones who really grasp the breadth of his achievements.
“A lot of people outside New York City understand what happened in the first year of New York City better than people in New York City,” he told Rolling Stone.
Alternate Headline: “Mayor De Blasio Revives Plan For A Subway Line Running Straight Into Hurricane Zone 3″
Posted: April 23rd, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Among the far-reaching ambitions of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC plan, one proposal stood out in the transportation world on Wednesday: the study of a new subway line along Utica Avenue in Brooklyn.
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Transit advocates quickly pointed out that Mr. de Blasio had not offered a financing plan for an extension, and that the authority already had a $15 billion gap for its five-year capital plan for improvements to the aging system.
On the one hand it’s like “You’re kidding, right?” On the other hand, I really, really want to see that ad:
Posted: April 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
“With Warren saying she’s not running, de Blasio and his advisers are trying to position the mayor as the ‘draft’ candidate for the left in 2016. That’s why he refused to endorse Hillary last week,” contended the operative, who is involved in presidential politics.
The draft effort explains why de Blasio was accompanied last week on his “progressive” speech-making trip to Iowa by John Del Cecato, one of the nation’s most important Democratic communications strategists and the man responsible for the popular “Dante” TV spot that helped get de Blasio elected mayor, said the operative.
“Why would your ad maker be traveling with you in a non-campaign year? Why was he there with de Blasio in Iowa unless you’re trying for something bigger?” asked the operative.