Candidate de Blasio

Friday, September 27, 2013

After accepting the endorsement of Queens Democrats, mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio described his activism in Nicaragua as part of his "life's work" to reduce inequality. (Anna Sale/WNYC)

In his first WNYC interview since winning the Democratic nomination for mayor, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, discussed his policy agenda, the latest from the campaign trail, and more news of the day. He credited Michael Bloomberg for health and environmental initiatives, but said Bloomberg squandered local control and was "losing touch" with the economic state of the city, particularly in his third term.

On his plan to raise funds to expand pre-K and after-school programs by raising taxes on the very wealthy, de Blasio called the tax a "small, local" proposal that he doesn't think would scare away wealthier New Yorkers from moving to or staying in the city. His tax is one proposal to help address inequality, something the de Blasio admited is not entirely under control of the New York mayor. But de Blasio vowed to do everything he's empowered to do, particularly since he feels the federal government isn't doing enough.

When asked about the two candidates looking to fill his shoes as Public Advocate, de Blasio said Tish James and Daniel Squadron are "both friends" who "would do a fine job" -- and that he has no plans to endorse either one.


Bill de Blasio

Comments [20]

This segment only increased my respect for de Blasio. His humility will be a breath of fresh air at City Hall.

Sep. 28 2013 08:40 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


“De Blasio’s City Hall will be open for business to each element of a self-styled “progressive” coalition of “inclusion.” No group or individual will be deemed too far to the left as long as they jump on the de Blasio bandwagon. Lining up to receive their fair share of the spoils will be the old Acorn organization, now renamed New York Communities for Change; the far-left Working Families Party; the United Federation of Teachers and other municipal unions; the radical Service Employees International Union, including the former Communist-led health-care workers’ union Local 1199; the civil liberties and homeless lobbies; and, of course, the onetime racial arsonist Al Sharpton.”


Sep. 28 2013 07:54 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"THE NEW POPULAR FRONT: A Bill de Blasio mayoralty would revive the city’s far-left coalition."

Sol Stern, Manhattan Institute, Sept 27, 2013

“Both Obama and de Blasio emerged from the radical activist wings of their respective big-city Democratic parties. This is where the similarities end. Barack Obama ducked and weaved about Bill Ayers, saying he recalled his bomb-throwing friend as just a “guy in the neighborhood,” who he “thought” was an English professor. By contrast, Bill de Blasio was outed by the New York Times and then proudly stood his ground, politically and ideologically. Showing no contrition about his youthful revolutionary enthusiasms.
De Blasio’s untroubled response to the Times’s revelations speaks volumes about New York’s rapidly changing political culture.”

Sep. 28 2013 03:41 AM
voter from screwed new yorker

Deblassio proved to be one of the worst public advocates. His tale of two Deblassio's or let call him by his real name can be show cased what a failure of a public official he has been. Questions to be us some constituent situation you have resolved? What are you views that about the failed studies (today's newspaper) when it comes to Atlantic yards that Empire State Development failed to do? Where was the public advocate when it came to these issues years ago?

How will you show oversight when it comes to building developers? Ratner, BFC construction & L&M Management seem to always get the business. Why is that?

Sep. 27 2013 11:40 AM
Sue from Manhattan

Hooray for Bill DeBlasio's summary of why he and many others opposed US policy in Latin America. It was clear and honest - and I am very glad that he aligns himself with the progressive tradition.

Sep. 27 2013 11:13 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

JMD - I sit in a neighborhood who fought against such a station's construction next to a playground and park--and lost.

You can keep on with your NIMBYism, but you'd be better off saying "uncle" and dealing with reality: you can't create the volume of trash the UES does and not have your share of means to offload it. "Across the river" doesn't cut it. Joe Lhota isn't going to save you from it, either.

Sep. 27 2013 10:51 AM
JMD from Manhattan

That girl from Manhattan:
there is a similar station EXISTING NOW just across the Harlem River @ the Willis Ave. bridge where a similar ramp could be constructed (as exists now across the FDR @90th St.) allowing trucks to utilize an EXISTING facility that has rail service going right through the bldg. The refuse could be transported by barge across the Halem River to NJ, totally avoiding the East River commuter and tanker traffic. Single issues depend on where you sit.....

Sep. 27 2013 10:26 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

We built affordable housing in the 1950s. They were called the Housing Projects.

Sep. 27 2013 10:21 AM
HPD HOME OWNER from All the boros

I live in an HPD built coop and my building has numerous construction defects. We reached out to the public advocates office and local elected officials but ended up with the run-around. What do you suggest we do when our developer happens to be one of the largest donors to Andrew Cuomo and also sits on the Battery Park Authorities Board? What kind of oversight will you have on HPD and homeowners who have been left with these on going issues all over the boroughs.

Sep. 27 2013 10:15 AM
mick from Inwood

If you compare the costs,including taxes, of living in NYC at a high income level to those of the few comparable, internationally great cities...Paris, Rome, London, Berlin (and very few others) will still be a great deal less, even with this short term surtax. Bloomberg's underfunding of the arts will have had a greater effect by reducing the attractiveness of the city. One additional area in which Bloomberg has succeeded that I have not heard mentioned is the revitalization of the city's parks and other public spaces, after 8 years of malign neglect by Rudy Ghoulianni..oops...Giuliani.

Sep. 27 2013 10:14 AM

Another "graduate" of Clinton's federal housing policy pogroms.

(Don't you hate those right wing tabloids?)

Sep. 27 2013 10:14 AM
Jay F.

European style Socialism seems to be working out really well in Europe.

Sep. 27 2013 10:13 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Popping corn in anticipation of hearing how Brian pedals back from his hair-on-fire Sandinista segment yesterday.

"Congratulations on getting this far?" Eyeroll.

JMD - That's another ridiculous rumor generated by the single-issue voters on the transfer station. I have yet to hear any of you suggest any compromise for that station, which was supported by Bloomberg. Why must neighborhoods on the West Side, from TriBeCa to the West Village to Washington Heights endure these kinds of sanitation facilities, and the UES escapes that?

Sep. 27 2013 10:10 AM
Jerry from nyc

affordable housing is a mirage, politicians use the phraze widely, a few get subsidized or artificially low rent housing , thousands are left out

Sep. 27 2013 10:09 AM
tonyj261 from Downtown

I heard that 1/6 of all the housing units in NYC are pied-a-terres for foreign owners (or tenants)....

Sep. 27 2013 10:06 AM

Tax the rich (not real rich just better off then most) to pays for schooling...which sucks because parents turn their kids over to them and wash their hands of educating their own children and blame incompetent gvt.

Sep. 27 2013 10:06 AM

How many times can Brian mention "inequality" over next 2 hours?

Sep. 27 2013 10:04 AM
Bobby G from East Village

How does Mr. de Blaiso answer those with concerns about the future of the City's budgets and finances?

Does Mr. deBlasio intend to continue the investment in infrastructure, particularly the water and sewer systems? Does he prefer maintaining the current rates for water and sewage, borrowing or deferred maintenance?

Sep. 27 2013 09:50 AM
JMD from Manhattan

Is it true that you are prepared NOT to renew the lease for Asphalt Green should you become Major. Therefore allowing the proposed Transfer Station to occupy the two city block campus, forcing AG to relocate to the Westside?

Sep. 27 2013 08:44 AM
Penelope from Astoria

Mr. De Blasio,

Unfortunately, I learned a few days ago, on this show, that you wish to put a moratorium on new charter schools and end co-location. Please explain.

I my opinion, NY needs more choice...NOT LESS! My children attend a fantastic charter school with almost 2000 students on the waiting list (Growing Up Green Charter School). Please do not take the opportunity away from up-and-coming, innovative, out-of-the-box educators and administrators to create needed schools in NYC.

Sep. 27 2013 07:15 AM

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