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Brian Lehrer interviews the candidates for New York mayor.
Our series of interviews with the major candidates for mayor continues. Today, NYC public advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Bill DiBlasio just dismissed John Lu for wanting to ban the stop and frisk. Bill said, "It's real easy to ban, but...." and went on to detail something about ways to do things properly. Yet, as far as I know, Bill is ready to just simply ban the Carriage Horses. The belief that those horses are abused is incorrect. I have long attempted to educate the public about why the carriage horse job, for the horse, is a good job. It is being performed properly, by experienced horsemen who know which horse to select, and how to foster a base of security and well being for that horse in an urban environment. A progressive thinker should not be ready to punish carriage drivers, destroy their small businesses, because emotionally a ban feels good, fall for the need to believe that the horse is in trouble, and gain votes from ban enthusiasts can check a box for being the "greater lover of horses", even though the banners are totally mis-informed about what makes a horse happy.
Public Libraries are being wastefully sold and the library system shrunk but Mr. De Blasio, the Public Advocate states he has not even informed himself about the library sell-offs but there is much a vigilant Public Advocate could do to protect the public.
See this video:Bill de Blasio Is Uncommitted To Saving NYC Libraries
Citizens Defending Libraries has a campaign and a petition (with over 11,000 signatures, most of them on line) against these library sell-offs that Mr. De Blasio is not supporting.
Afraid of a few white hairs? Vain much?
please ask him to explain "elitism." Obama was accused of the same thing. I'm a liberal and I believe in elitism that isn't inherited. Do DeBlasio not believe in striving to be in the elite and accomplishing great things?
What's his position on CUNY Pathways? He says he wants to channel more funding into CUNY to raise education level of New Yorkers, but most faculty agree Pathways will seriously degrade the quality of a CUNY BA.
This guy is unreal. ("No, I am leftier than Liu.")Class warfare isn't new, Bill.If we elect this self-righteous fool....then we deserve what we will get.
I agree to my core what PA de Blasio is saying about income distribution. The broad middle - second, third and fourth quintiles - are holding still while ALL of the gains (and the economy is growing) go to the fifth quintile. But this has been true for thirty years.
It will take more than a mayor to change this trend. But it starts with awareness.
Ironic that Bloomberg's bike-share program is focused on business, tourism, and consumerism: he has stated he doesn't want the bikes checked out for exercise purposes but only for business related ones. So his business friends overcomes his so-called health care legacy, just as his friendship with real-estate developers overwhelmed the need for St. Vincent's in a low-health-care availability.
His subterranean rezoning practices has overwhelmed his very public destruction of the school system.
What's your position on legal marijuana and stop & frisk?
I graduated cuny and have been ashamed of my degree ever since. cuny is not a high quality degree/school. not only am i nowhere near middle class today, i can't afford to go for a second degree at cuny - a fourth tier higher level educational institution. it's shameful.
This guy is a joke, how many businesses have already moved out of the city soley due to taxation!!! You can only bury your head for so long. This is how I lost my job in LIC.
"I am the most progressive candidate running in this race."
TRANSLATION: I am the most radically left among a bunch of lefties and I will pander even more to every kookie Left Wing fringe issue and group.I will turn this city upside down, handcuff the police, and go after all those rich people (Grrrr!).So what if crime goes up....at least the city will be more "fair".
Anyone know what that gas rig in the east river near 14th is ?
Bill de Blasio will claim that developers don't support him yet Toll Brothers gave him a fundraiser as a thank you for opposing Superfunding of the Gowanus canal and pushing through zoning changes to support the Toll Bros. development on the Gowanus. Bruce Ratner was a host to one of his fundraisers and is a big contributor for his unapologetic support of Atlantic Yards which displaced many ethnicities and low income people, and destroyed a thriving neighborhood. He has used his support of Atlantic Yards to prove his credentials as pro real estate to developers. "And as a badge of business-friendly courage, de Blasio cited his support of Atlantic Yards despite the fierce opposition the project provoked in Park Slope, the neighborhood he represented in the City Council." 7/31/12 Daily News, by Chris Smith
What are Mr. de Blasio's views on the apparent City Council wide embezzlement scheme that Council President Quinn admitted to in 2008.
Did Mr. de Blasio know about this scheme when he was on the council and why didn't he report it to the electorate?
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