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Adolfo Carrion, Jr.: Independent Candidate for Mayor

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion in the WNYC Studios

Adolfo Carrion, Jr., former Bronx Borough President, discusses his campaign on the Independence Party ticket. 

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Mary Jane from NYC

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De Blasio was a Deputy Mayor to Mayor David Dinkins, a key adviser and a consistent supporter of Dinkins policies, many of which de Blasio helped create. You need only to look at the Dinkins record to know what kind of Mayor de Blasio will be.

Dinkins took office and made things worse than Koch had allowed them to get before him. Under Dinkins, about 1,700 private-sector jobs were lost every week on average, homicides surpassed 2,000 per year, and more than 1 million people were on welfare

Dinkins was totally hostile to Staten Island; and he showed it by only visiting the Island and handful of times in four years. Dinkins raised the ferry fare to increase revenue. He tried to sell off the the current site of the Petrides school instead of building something for the public benefit.

He attempted to open a homeless shelter in Rossville. He sold off the right of way for the South Beach railroad to home builders, even as Island Dems and Reps asked him not to. He ignored pleas to close the toxic nightmare, the Fresh Kills landfill. He even proposed to dump the City excess sewage--the human excrement from the other four boroughs--into the Fresh Kills landfill as a cover, as if it didn't smell bad enough

You couldn't park your car anywhere without worrying about it being stolen, and everyone had to carry their car stereo in a removable case called a 'benzi box' because crime was so out of control. He did nothing to help with the school overcrowding, nothing about overdevelopment, nothing about the lack of mass transit, and nothing to rebuild the burnt out ruin which was the South Beach boardwalk.

Even the Democrats on Staten Island excoriated Dinkins for ignoring and mistreating the Island, from the NY Times in 1991, "I don't see how any Staten Island Democrat could run as a supporter of the Dinkins administration in the current situation, and it's important that the Mayor knows that," Assemblyman Eric N. Vitaliano said. "We speak for a lot of outer-borough middle-class citizens who are fed up." Robert J. Gigante, the county Democratic chairman, said "the average taxpayer is frustrated by the inability of the city to deliver services."

Later on when asked why he was no reelected, he blamed his loss on racism, even though he got more of the black vote than Giuliani did the Italian vote in 1993.

Sep. 24 2013 02:23 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Robert from NYC, I agree on Yankee Stadium. Mr. Carrion supported replacing it & said it would bring customers to local businesses. Instead the exit labeled "Yankee Stadium" at the 161st St. subway stop funnels people going to baseball games straight into the stadium, where franchises of large businesses charge ridiculous prices for food & souvenirs, w/no exits to the streets where those local businesses are.

Hey, did that park they promised ever open?

Sep. 18 2013 11:03 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Mr. Carrion has a decent liberal record and seems like a smart guy, but I could never vote for a candidate of a party that is affiliated with the Lenora Fulani psychocult. And don't get me started on Tom Golisano.

Sep. 18 2013 10:57 AM

Yankee Stadium should not be an achievement.

Its another benefit for the rich.

A 200 level seat should not cost $250.

Sep. 18 2013 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

He deserted the city to go to Washington now he's sucking up to come back? I don't want him.

Sep. 18 2013 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Have you seen the crap they built in the Bronx? Go take a look.

Sep. 18 2013 10:53 AM
Amy from Manhattan

"I'm a social liberal, *but* I support public safety"? What, most social liberals *don't* support public safety? Is this code for stop-&-frisk?

Sep. 18 2013 10:52 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Just another another egotist.

Sep. 18 2013 10:52 AM

I think I just spit up a little bit in my mouth.

Sep. 18 2013 10:51 AM
Robert from NYC

Yes it is an appeal to a specific group, nothing wrong with that but admit it. More bla bla bla (blah blah blah)

Sep. 18 2013 10:51 AM
Steve from Upper west side

Mr. Carrion calls himself a "progressive", and I call that disingenuous, and in his own words "not entirely honest". Please Mr. Carrion -- represent yourself and your views proudly, but do so accurately and don't patronize the voting public as if we'll believe anything you say in a campaign and don't know the difference between a "progressive" like you -- and a real progressive. And you wonder why so many people have given up on politicians and don't bother voting???

Sep. 18 2013 10:51 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Mr. Carrion sounds like a wise, sensible man. Regardless of the outcome of the mayoral election, I hope he stays active on the NYC, NY, and national political stages.

Sep. 18 2013 10:50 AM
Robert from NYC

And he's not a "happy talk" politician who spits out what "we" want to hear?!! I don't think so. More blah blah blah, en español bla bla bla.

Sep. 18 2013 10:49 AM
Bob from NYC

Brian, Mr. Carrion is not answering the questions. He's not stated how he'll pay for universal pre-K.

Mr. Carrion's not willing to raise any taxes at all on the BILLIONAIRES and millionaires here in NY? This is Republican-think that has no place here.

Sep. 18 2013 10:49 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Yes, and he believes in having nearly 40% and more New Yorkers at poverty level or near.
What a piece of works.

Sep. 18 2013 10:48 AM
C.E. Connelly from Manhattan

If there is a city within a city, isn't that, in a sense, two cities? Also, really, when were liberal policies last in force in NYC, 1975? That's 38 years ago. Maybe, it's time for another shot.

Sep. 18 2013 10:46 AM
Bob from NYC

You didn't become an independent based on your policy ideas, you became an independent because you couldn't get onto the Republican ballot line. Please, don't insult our intelligence.

Sep. 18 2013 10:46 AM
Robert from NYC

Two strikes against Carrion: he did not attend the 100th anniversary of Morris High School in 2004 and he supported Bloomberg's Faux Yankee Stadium, the house that Ruth didn't build! Just a good talker which wins votes.

Sep. 18 2013 10:46 AM
Steve from NYC

As he's running on the Independence Party ticket, would Brian please ask Mr. Carrion what that party stands for. It's web site essentially says that except for being pro-business, every other issue such as reproductive rights, gay rights, etc. shouldn't be discussed in political campaigns and takes no stand on them.
It's also worth noting that the party was founded by a cult leader and someone who has made vicious anti-semitic statements. Except for Bloomberg giving it money so that he could run on its ticket, it would have long gone out of business.

Sep. 18 2013 10:45 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Probably, the most balanced and rational candidate in this race. Shame, he has little chance of winning.

Sep. 18 2013 10:07 AM

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