The Real (Non-Weiner) Mayoral Race Issues

Friday, July 26, 2013

Usually at this point in a mayoral election, the focus is on local issues, grassroots advocacy, and coalition building. This is not your usual mayoral election. David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses the issues central to the mayoral race that have been overshadowed by Anthony Weiner's texting saga. Listeners: What non-sexting issue is getting crowded out? Interest groups, this is your moment. Call 212-433-9692 and tell us what we'd usually be talking about in a "normal" election year.

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David Chen

Comments [16]

Yvonne from Park Slope, Brooklyn

For BrettG:

Thanks, will try.

Jul. 27 2013 01:43 AM
rheffner3 from Italy

Ai yi yi. What a joke the mayoral election (and most elections) is. I wish that Bloomberg could be Mayor for life. As he is not a politician. He actualy tried to do good. And did do good. None of the ridiculus candidates care about anything other than being elected mayor. And the electorate is so ignorant that their number one choice up until this week was the horrible Weiner guy. Christine Quinn is obviously going to win the job but she doesn't give a s__t about anything other than being mayor. NYC is in for some big trouble once Bloomberg is gone. He was the best mayor ever. (and I am a hard core frigging Democrat so don't write this off as some right wing fanatic kind of thing)

Jul. 26 2013 04:01 PM
Patricia Gandolfini from Midland Park, NJ

Forget about the others: Bill deBlasio is the true progressive.

Jul. 26 2013 11:11 AM

Yvonne from Park Slope, the Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) site is easily found at under agency listings and possibly in latest news/announcements, etc.

Jul. 26 2013 10:53 AM

Yvonne from Park Slope, go to the HPD site & look at all the affordable housing opportunities ( houses, rentals, condos, co-ops, Mitchell-Lama) available with max household income levels exceeding $100K.

Also, check your local neighborhood/borough paper (West Side Spirit, e.g) with the ads for those spaces. There have been many lottery draws for those with incomes over $40K in all boroughs including Manhattan. The Arverne developments in Far Rockaway are just one example.

But the HPD site allows you to search all boroughs, find applications & the last date that applications will be accepted by the HPD vendor.

Jul. 26 2013 10:50 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn


There were two (2) referenda prior to "mayor" Bloomberg running the third time and both times New Yorkers voted for a two-term mayoralty.

"mayor" Bloomberg and the City Council, led by mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, voted to override the referenda and permit "mayor" Bloomberg to run for a third term.

That many New Yorkers actually voted for "mayor" Bloomberg's third term is a testament to the fact that most students don't pay attention during Civics class. The City Council illegally overrode two (2) referenda to allow the "mayor" to run for an illegal third term.

For the record, I opposed his third run and even though I was staying out of town at the time for medical reasons, I specifically came into the City on primary day and election day so I could vote against "mayor" Bloomberg.

Jul. 26 2013 10:49 AM
RJ from prospect hts

No one as compared the steady increase in "fees" (read taxes) to poor and working-class people and small businesses (water fees, CUNY tuition, parking fees, sidewalk cleaning and placement of garbage pails, the lack of city worker contracts, etc., etc.) to Bloomberg's unwillingness to impose a minuscule stock-transfer tax or a modest wealth tax. Bloomberg's nonsensical wealthy response is that they will leave--I guess he figures working class people--especially when he wants city workers to pay a higher part of their health insurance--can't or are too committed to NYC to leave.

If it's true that the uber wealthy (who already have plenty of ways to avoid taxes) then how about a commitment to building a city based on those who are committed to it?

Jul. 26 2013 10:22 AM

Didn't the majority of voters vote FOR the third term??

Jul. 26 2013 10:19 AM
Yvonne from Park Slope, Brooklyn

My issue is one that does get mentioned and yet it still is left out: affordable housing often mean housing for those whose annual income is less than $40, 000 but, if you make more than that and still can't find an affordable apartment, you are just out of luck!! What if you make $55,000 or more per year and still can't find an affordable place??? Who addresses this???

Jul. 26 2013 10:13 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Obviously there are many more issues on the table other than Weiner's wiener. Why doesn't WNYC make up an Excel sheet with each of the candidates and their views on each issue and then we can see what's been covered and what hasn't? Then we can fill you in on what's missing.

Jul. 26 2013 10:11 AM
h l

Even this segment; why don't they just TALK about non-AWeiner issues? Why do they have to call it (Non-Weiner)? Lame...

Jul. 26 2013 10:11 AM
h l

WNYC can't stop talking/reporting about A. Weiner, and they love to mention "sexting" over and over again. Do they have it out for him? WNYC seems to be the problem.

Jul. 26 2013 10:09 AM

Is Quinn's admission
to a longstanding embezzlement scheme run out of the City Council ever going to be discussed?
Where are the reports from the NYC-DOI?
from the U.S. Assist Attny. General?

Jul. 26 2013 10:02 AM


Jul. 26 2013 09:55 AM

Discussion of Non-Weiner Mayoral Race Issues - Good Luck with this mission

Jul. 26 2013 09:29 AM
Joan P

I am finding reaction to the revelations as disturbing as reactions to Wiener's actions. It seems to me that the most recent revelations clearly show deviant, addictive behavior. I found the news clip from the candidate forum disturbing . . . that a roomful of citizens would applaud his making a joke about it! He is clearly a very talented politician, but nonetheless inappropriate to hold public office or public trust of any sort. If he worked at a public school, he'd be on administrative leave!

I do respect the media's apparent courtesy in not delving more deeply into his wife's 'stand-by-your-man' faithfulness . . . but I cannot begin to understand how this intelligent, talented woman can suggest that he can still be a viable candidate for mayor. Loving someone with a complex problem is understandable. Thinking the problem is inconsequential to running for public office is delusional. And don't they have an infant son at home? I wouldn't be comfortable leaving him alone with a child!

Jul. 26 2013 08:48 AM

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