Looking for a Progressive Mayoral Candidate

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mayoral candidates at a forum on sustainability and green policy. (New York League of Conservation Voters)

For such a lefty city, why does New York keep electing center-right mayors? Jarrett Murphy, editor in chief of City Limits magazine, talks about his piece for The Nation on the search for a progressive candidate in the NYC mayoral election, and the city's history of voting the other way.


Jarrett Murphy

Comments [21]

shashinyc from Manhattan

I want a mayor whose goal is NOT the privatization of a public school system that was once the pride of the city, and the nation. If such educational expertise and cutting-edge strategies exist, why can't we apply them holistically to all our schools so that all our children have equal opportunity to the finest education anywhere? Privatization is a death sentence for NYC public education.

Our schools must also be open until the evening hours, offering enrichment, remediation, and sports programs -- and providing working parents a safe haven for their kids until they get home. Schools must also be open during the summer months -- enrichment, remediation, camp. This is when lower-income kids especially fall behind big time.

Are these hugely expensive goals? Absolutely. But I believe they are more dividend-yielding than, say, suburban patio furniture clogging our city streets, electronics telling us how many minutes to the next subway (1. they are inevitably wrong; 2. why do we need this? if it's 7 minutes, what are we going to do...leave?), and wifi service in the subway (are you shuddering at the the scene about to supplant this usually quiet, classic NYC hiatus?)

In this city of the purportedly best and brightest, where are the talented progressive candidates? There ought to be a glut.

Apr. 30 2013 11:54 AM
Eva from Manhattan

I want a mayor who really understands and does something for middle class families. Daycare/afterschool needs to be funded yearly-- no need for this budget dance every year. Also please someone look at funding creative interesting soul searching summer camps for middle class kids whose parents cannot afford private camps. Parents who are educated and earning decent salaries but cannot begin to afford the $5,000-8,000 per summer to send their children to wonderful camps. There are low cost and no cost options BUT they are very regimented by city/state/federal funding streams that generally have a very interventionist strategy...lots of remedial academic work. There are so many of us out there who care deeply about arts, education and the natural world but who can never send kids to really inventive camps. Such a sad state of affairs. WNYC featured an amazing program called NYC is MY BACKYARD but the cost is $790 per week per child. Only the very wealthiest among us could ever dream of paying for that amazing program.

Apr. 30 2013 11:51 AM

To elaborate on the bikes vs. cars issue: Do you want to live in a city with more pedestrian and bike space where humans interact face to face in an environment with less pollution or do you want to return to gridlock with honking cars and smog? Really pretty simple. Lets encourage a city where humans interact and where we walk and bike more vs. a jungle of metal and glass boxes on wheels honking and polluting.

Apr. 30 2013 11:49 AM
Henry from Manhattan

LOL, thanks for the call-out Brain!

Apr. 30 2013 11:46 AM
Robert from NYC

Christine Quinn should also dump the idea of keeping Thug-In-Chief Ray Kelly as Police Commissioner.

Apr. 30 2013 11:45 AM

What I want from a mayor is someone who stands up to the theives on Wall St - our real estate woes have been partly created by the HUGE f-ing bonuses the bankers get for robbing us blind for years on end

Apr. 30 2013 11:44 AM
Henry from Manhattan

The rent is too damn high. I wonder if there is a mayoral candidate addressing this?

Apr. 30 2013 11:42 AM
ml from Inwood

A mayor who will stop the war on teachers, stop raising the subway fares, and believes in democracy - no end runs around term limits - and I don't even believe in term limits.

Apr. 30 2013 11:42 AM
Robert from NYC

What these folks call "affordable housing" is affordable to people with upper middle class incomes, of which there are fewer and fewer of those!

Apr. 30 2013 11:42 AM
oscar from ny

How can anyone pick From a brewed of vipers..the mayor has turned this city into his personal barbie House and has many ken barbies as cops and plays..the other one mrs quinn can be a leader but chooses to follow the mayor and will make this city her personal legos building on her dreams...and ppl of ny if you think they're banning smoking at age 18 us because they're doung it for accountability, that's all just more stop and frisk and why not..let's hurt more in these arabs bussinesees in the way..these politicians have declared jihad on all of us and this city...the horrible bikes, no homes, everything is crazy expensive, ni jobs..police state...and with some much filth in our back yards...and the only readon why we have this is because the majority rules..go figure..

Apr. 30 2013 11:41 AM

bikes are one option. anyone who thinks removing biking lanes is a good idea won’t have my vote! when did cars get rights to special privilege

Apr. 30 2013 11:41 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Environmental issues are #1, from global climate disruption to environmental discrimination & everything between & beyond. If we don't deal w/those, nearly everything else will get worse than it would otherwise.

Apr. 30 2013 11:40 AM

Bicycles ARE the salvation of NYC! Now lets make sure the Middle Class can afford to live here.

Apr. 30 2013 11:39 AM
Rachel from brooklyn

affordable housing! development should have to include school and cultural space too. More true alternatives to incarceration. More affordable food initiatives including coops. School discipline policy improvements: kick fewer kids out of school...

Apr. 30 2013 11:39 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Respect Term Limits.

Apr. 30 2013 11:38 AM
Jf from Truthland

Diesel causes more lung cancer than cigarettes. I cant breath in traffic sometimes. Make trucks use biodiesel. It works in diesel engines. We need rent control for all apartments now! My rent goes up 100$ every single year!

Apr. 30 2013 11:37 AM
The Truth from Becky

Hold on, what??...the city is "less Black" and that is why their are MORE Black voters?? I don't think you understood Brian's question....smh people do not pay attention, the are always ready with their answer and NOT listening.

Apr. 30 2013 11:36 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


FYI, listeners...Murphy's idea of the role of government in his NATION piece-

"A primary responsibility of government is to try to make the world a more just place — to help those with less power against those with a lot."

Not clean streets, not safe subways, not schools from which kids actually graduate, not a thriving agora that creates jobs and financial independence for its citizens.

No ... it's class warfare and the incitement of resentment/revenge because you need protected from "them" by "us."

Apr. 30 2013 11:35 AM
John from Brooklyn

How about -- why would we want to go back to the 70s -- chaos, decay, crime, and 2.000 excessive murders per year --

Irresponsibe budgets, crumbling bridges, and other infrastucture, etc. etc.

Apr. 30 2013 11:33 AM

Getting control of the mta which pertains to the 5 boroughs...
We are woefully behind in transit in comparison to other cities!

Apr. 30 2013 11:32 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Why WOULD we look for one?

"Progressive" ... oh, right, I get it.

That means back to the blue state model of urban bankruptcy.... back to higher crime, rising murder rates, ever more declining schools, severely restricted policing, increasing taxes and fees on everything and everyone, companies fleeing for less anti-business environs, municipal unions on a credit card with no credit limit, and the return of a voracious political machine more powerful than Tammany Hall ever was ... under the sheep's clothing of the “Working Families Party.”

You have all been spoiled by twenty years of successful “non-progressive” leadership ... and you are going to be shocked and rueful with the alternative.

Apr. 30 2013 10:41 AM

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