de Blasio encounters rising friction over liberal expectations
It’s almost like de Blasio’s promises were overly optimistic and that the municipal government (municipal! City!) can’t pass these sweeping, overly broad policy agendas. It’s a pity no one predicted that these “legislative longshots” might not come to fruition. And it’s also a pity there weren’t candidates that would have made tough choices.
The mayor who shot to fame denouncing stop-and-frisk tactics and luxury condominiums is now defending hard-nosed policing and cutting deals with developers, bowing to the realities of leading an unruly city but also angering an activist left that propelled his rise to the Democratic elite.The mayor who shot to fame denouncing stop-and-frisk tactics and luxury condominiums is now defending hard-nosed policing and cutting deals with developers, bowing to the realities of leading an unruly city but also angering an activist left that propelled his rise to the Democratic elite.
Cuomo squares off against de Blasio’s charter school policies
Marc Santora reports that Andrew Cuomo supported a pro-charter school rally led by Bill de Blasio’s enemies. An interesting development, particularly given some of the controversy over Cuomo’s relationship with the unions.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, standing shoulder to shoulder in Albany with thousands of parents and students who rallied in support of charter schools, vowed on Tuesday to defend the movement and offered a sharply different vision for their place in the educational system than Mayor Bill de Blasio’s.
“We are here today to tell you that we stand with you,” Mr. Cuomo said. “You are not alone. We will save charter schools.”
(via Walter Russell Mead)
The problem with de Blasio’s soak-the-rich policies
The Post often exaggerates, and Michael Goodwin’s piece is no exception, but this one line is worth pondering:
As Bloomberg often noted, about 5,000 very wealthy families paid 30 percent of the city’s income tax. Losing even a few of them means significantly less money for filling potholes and hiring cops.
More on this stat from John Podhoretz.
Why the next NYC mayor needs to be willing to let kittens die
Josh Barro with a bleak reminder for New Yorkers: the city needs a candidate willing to make tough choices, rather than promising everything:
It’s a microcosm of this whole campaign, in which the candidates run around making big promises with no apparent acknowledgment of the city’s tight finances, or of the fact that policy choices involve trade-offs, or even of the mayor’s lack of control over certain policy areas, like income taxation, rent control, and anything the MTA does. Yes, the candidates say, I’ll save the kitties, I’ll make the Wall Street fat cats pay for it, and I’ll give you a middle-class tax cut while I do it.
Only Lhota gave the correct answer: No, you do not strand thousands of New Yorkers for 90 minutes in a futile effort to herd two cats whose lives we are inexplicably prioritizing over the rats who are run over, or drowned, or exterminated in the subways every day.
The career arc of Alex Rodriguez
In those three vignettes, we see the framework for Alex Rodriguez’s entire career. We see why, despite his record as one of the best baseball players in history, he’s considered a hypocrite, liar, and phony. We see the method by which he sabotaged his own brilliance, and corrupted his legacy forever. We see why he’s spending the twilight of his career as a walking, talking embarrassment, and why he’s become a reliable target of public derision.
New York Times profile on Anthony Weiner
To his admirers, Anthony Weiner was a tireless spokesman for an endlessly changing array of issues in the House. But offstage, those who worked alongside him say, Mr. Weiner was a lawmaker with little patience for making laws and a single-minded focus on generating attention so he could run for mayor of New York.
The Kentucky-Yankee correlation
For those who don’t know, every time the University of Kentucky Wildcats have won the NCA A Men’s Basketball Championship, the Yankees have also gone on to take the World Series.
More New York politicians leave office because of scandals than lost elections
This is a very sad statistic. It also highlights that New Yorkers seem to be less forgiving than other parts of the country; David Vitter, for example, won re-election handily, despite the DC Madam scandal.
A report released today says that one of every 11 legislators who left office since 1999 has done so on account of ethical or criminal charges, making it more common reason than being voted out of office as a impetus for legislative turnover.
(via Taegan Goddard)