De Blasio at Six Months: The Administration's Take

Friday, July 18, 2014

New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (L), announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor during a press conference on December 4, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we're checking in on the de Blasio administration's progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term. We'll talk to advocacy groups about how the mayor has lived up to his campaign promises on the environment, crime, housing, and more. Friday, we'll hear from Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.

As we wrap up our six-month check-in with advocates about the de Blasio administration's first six months, Anthony Shorris, NYC's first deputy mayor, talks about what the administration sees as their biggest accomplishments.


Anthony Shorris

Comments [6]

Amy from Manhattan

Jessie, I agree about the relative impacts of bringing what we buy to the stores & making plastic bags, but we also need to consider the impact of throwing out those plastic bags--they choke wildlife, & there's a whole plastic island floating around out there.

There should be big signs in every recycling area saying "NO PLASTIC BAGS" & advising people they can reuse them or take them to supermarkets to recycle them.

Speaking of not being discussed in social (& other) media, I've been surprised by how many people still don't know we can now recycle solid plastics other than bottles & jars. *That* needs more publicity, & a big, splashy poster saying, "Look what you can recycle now!"--not the 8x10 flyer w/small pictures & not-very-big print.

Jul. 18 2014 11:21 AM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

Brian, Plastic shopping bags are a lot cheaper and actually MORE potentially recyclable than fabric shopping bags, just because they're much easier to carry and so also easier to reuse.

We should not overlook that the ecological impacts of CO2 production and all other accumulative impacts on the earth caused by what the economy does to deliver what we put in shopping bags, are literally thousands of times the scale of the impacts of producing the bags mind you.

To encourage recycling the least impact way would then be to place a user tax on new plastic bags, with the revenue devoted to public education on what the real connections are between our behaviors and our impacts. At present there is major misunderstanding of that, I'd be happy to help you report on, but is not getting reported partly because the social networks have been avoiding looking at it...

Jul. 18 2014 10:49 AM
Danielle from NYC

Brian lehrer flippant at the end when there is time for substance, sad hoe the media is becoming.

Jul. 18 2014 10:49 AM
Laura from Harlem

What is he saying? Literally talking out of both sides of his mouth! What a spinner. And this from a deBlasio voter!

Jul. 18 2014 10:44 AM
paulb from Prospect Heights

Did I just hear someone in the BDB administration say a positive word about the Bloomberg administration? Hang on, I've got Sousa music to play loud here somewhere.

Jul. 18 2014 10:39 AM
JR from NYC

why is De Blasion taking vacation after only 6 months on the job?

Jul. 18 2014 10:34 AM

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