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Anticipating Bill De Blasio's Policy Positions

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

While Bill de Blasio has been very clear where he stands on certain issues, he has not yet taken a public stand on a number of other policy decisions. Dana Rubenstein, reporter for Capital New York, and Andrea Bernstein, Metro Editor for WNYC News, provide their predictions for the new mayor.

Guests:

Andrea Bernstein and Dana Rubinstein

Comments [21]

larry from bayside from bayside

I tried to make the point that there are no economies of scale with the NYC taxi fleet. Car makers need to sell at least 100,000 cars that sell below $30,000 just to break even. Toyota sells 425,000 camrys a year in the US alone. That's why none of the major players were interested in the taxi of tomorrow competion.

The NV200 can not employ a wheel chair hoist--to pick up a motorized wheel chair and occupant; too heavy and impractical. It would take up too much space when not transporting a chair bound person and go over the weight limit of the vehicle with even one addtional person--like a cartaker.
Every taxi should have a transfer board and the willingness and training to help someone with a folding chair into and out of the cab, that a number of adapted minvans will have to do. larry

Nov. 18 2013 03:57 PM

A really good first step in the right direction would be appointing someone like Richard Wolff to his economic staff.

Nov. 13 2013 03:38 PM

Taxis…REALLY???

The (middle and low income) house has burnt down in this city and we're talking about taxis???

wtf?

Nov. 12 2013 10:31 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Guarantee of Equal Opportunity.

No Guarantee of Equal Outcome.

Nov. 12 2013 10:31 AM
Nadine from Manhattan

Wow, between three seasoned journalists none think there are any major political issues in relation to the NYC Fire Department, arguably the most segregated city agency. Please say it isn't so.

Nov. 12 2013 10:28 AM
William from Manhattan

I can't understand the opposition to the "taxis of tomorrow". They are a HUGE improvement on any of the taxi options we have now, and they're only possible if we ensure the economies of scale made possible by making them obligatory.

Making taxis handicapped-accessible requires two trade-offs: handicapped-accessible taxis cost substantially more which means fares would have to rise if all taxis were fitted out that way. Also, handicapped-accessibility adds weight and requires space, which means gas mileage would be worse, and there would be less space for people or luggage.

This means that all taxi riders would have to make significant sacrifices for a tiny minority of handicapped taxi users. It is far more efficient for all of us, including the handicapped, if we deploy a small number of taxi-accessible cars that are dispatched directly to people that need them.

Nov. 12 2013 10:27 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Robert from NYC said:

"Services in this city don't come anywhere near the services one finds in most major European and Asian cities."

For instance?

Nov. 12 2013 10:27 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Sorry about double post

Nov. 12 2013 10:26 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

God, I hate these NYC environmentalists. So smug, stupid and self important. Saving the world one "Crown Vic" at a time... give me a break!

Nov. 12 2013 10:26 AM
Susan from Morningside Hts.

For NYC Schools Chancellor:

Kenneth Mitchell, Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents,

who exposed how much Race to the Top Mandates are costing schools in:

Federal Mandates on Local Education:
Costs and Consequences – Yes, it’s a
Race, but is it in the Right Direction? discussion Brief #8 – fall 2012

http://www.newpaltz.edu/crreo/brief_8_education.pdf

Nov. 12 2013 10:26 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Education:
Deborah Meier: A senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS and Dissent and The Nation magazines. ***She spent 45 years working in K-12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harlem)*** and Boston (Roxbury) including ***leadership of several highly successful small democratically run public urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill.***

Her books include The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust. In 1987 she was the first educator to receive a McArthur “genius” Award and currently blogs for Ed Week with different education thinkers on the big issues affecting students, teachers, and schools (Bridging Differences).http://deborahmeier.com/

OR

former chancellor Anthony Alvarado

Nov. 12 2013 10:25 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Education:
Deborah Meier: A senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS and Dissent and The Nation magazines. ***She spent 45 years working in K-12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harlem)*** and Boston (Roxbury) including ***leadership of several highly successful small democratically run public urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill.***

Her books include The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust. In 1987 she was the first educator to receive a McArthur “genius” Award and currently blogs for Ed Week with different education thinkers on the big issues affecting students, teachers, and schools (Bridging Differences).http://deborahmeier.com/

OR

former chancellor Anthony Alvarado

Nov. 12 2013 10:23 AM
Kelly Anderson from Brooklyn

Hi, i was on a while ago with my documentary My Brooklyn. Do we have any sense of who will be appointed head of City Planning? What about Michelle de la Uz, the Director of Fifth Avenue Committee. de Blasio appointed her to the commission when he was public advocate. THanks!

Nov. 12 2013 10:23 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Whenever deblaiso has a problem, he will trot out his family for a photo-op and everything will be OK.

Nov. 12 2013 10:22 AM
Robert from NYC

Well if it's someone none of you know, I would highly recommend he select that person. After all even WNYC at times seems to be "in" with whomever is in office. After all, you all seem to adore Bloomberg. He has not made NYC a first class world city. Services in this city don't come anywhere near the services one finds in most major European and Asian cities.

Nov. 12 2013 10:21 AM
Jean from Midtown

Brian, what's going to happen to Janette Sadik-Hhan? I utterly love her as transportation commissioner.

Nov. 12 2013 10:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Warren Wilhelm's (AKA Red Billy DeBlasio) policies will be -

High Crime
High Taxes
High Anxiety

......... and High Times for the stoners, slackers and parasites.

"Handcuff the police, not the criminals"

Nov. 12 2013 10:17 AM
antonio from baySide

How about Gene Russianoff for Transportation Czar? Although Janette Sadik Khan was pretty awesome; (and cute...).

Nov. 12 2013 10:10 AM
Elizabeth from Soho

What about David Burney, current head of DDC?

Nov. 12 2013 10:07 AM
Elizabeth from Soho

What about David Burney, current head of DDC?

Nov. 12 2013 10:06 AM
Ed from Larchmont

See

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/11/11/new-york-city-mayor-wants-more-abortion-clinics-will-use-tax-dollars-to-build-them/

for Mayor De Blasio's position on abortion: he vows to close pregnancy care centers (what harm are they doing?), to use tax payer money to build more abortion clinics, and to use city property. Imagine a mayor whose first policy goal is to kill more children?

Since he spent time with the Sandanistas and in Russia, it makes sense. But NYC is taking another step toward disaster, disaster like the one in the Philippines. We're refusing to come to our senses.

Nov. 12 2013 09:11 AM

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