De Blasio's 100 Days

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mayor de Blasio with First Lady Chirlane McCray, Dante and Chiara de Blasio at his inauguration (Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)

Mayor de Blasio celebrated his first 100 days in office with a big speech at Cooper Union. Brigid Bergin, city hall and politics reporter at WNYC, and Greg David, director of the Business and Economic Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business, talk about his administration's accomplishments and challenges so far.


Brigid Bergin and Greg David

Comments [14]

Greg David is such a lousy guest. He caters to the business interest like the hired lackey he is.

Apr. 11 2014 11:37 AM
jane from Brooklyn

I thank deblasio for bloomberg relief, and that does give him a certain glow.
Among the actions that I have admired was his removal of 400 children from two particularly awful homeless shelters. I would love a follow-up on that story.

Apr. 11 2014 11:31 AM
Charles from Downtown

Unfortunately the growth was in low paying retail and tourism related jobs that cater to the under $110 tax free clothing purchasing of tourists. This new low end brand of tourists fuels the counterfeit bag market. The flood of 30 ton, 45 ft long out of state chartered tour buses are pulverizing Manhattan' streets. These same 30 ton, 45 ft long buses get Free parking in all the "No Standing Anytime", "No Parking Anytime" etc. zones and are completely immune from moving and parking violations. This new low end brand of tourism is a net loss for the city. Tax free clothing, no road taxes collected, completely overwhelming anything free - the WTC Memorial, Staten Island Ferry, Grand Central Terminal, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, City Parks and neighborhoods. Flooding the streets with these tourists has ruled the real-estate speculation. I suggest taxing the clothing (if the idea is to to help New Yorkers, tax free only with valid NYS ID) charge the 30 ton, 45 ft long buses for parking at the same rate New Yorkers pay. Charge Double Decker sightseeing buses a reasonable fee for using the streets, (currently they pay .13 cents a day) bus lanes, MTA bus stops, the congestion, the air and noise pollution. Use tourism to pay for infrastructure maintenance, city government, education, city worker pensions. Currently. Residents are subsidizing this new low end brand of tourism to our own demise and daily torture.

Apr. 11 2014 11:25 AM
art525 from Park Slope

WIth the unbridled development originated under Bloomberg we have seen a huge surge in building squeezing out small businesses. A skyscraper on 57th street will cast a shadow acorss Central Park and just today it was announced that Rizzoli on 57th street is closing for the construction of a new building. Shakespeare and Co is closing on Broadway in the village. When all these new building are built there will be no interesting stores to lure the over indulged.

Apr. 11 2014 10:47 AM
bernie from bklyn

a couple things....the development in williamsburg that nocera credits bloomberg for is bad development. like brian said, that progression was happening already before all the hasidic developers were given the inside tip and privelege of swallowing up all the real esteate before the zoning was changed. that's a fact. all development isn't good; it depends on the type of development and what happened in williamsburg is not good for nyc; it's fake little disneylnad of a ny neighborhood.
but de blasio, on the other hand, has no idea what is happening with working people in this city either. his version of two cities is not the real tale but one of a booksmart liberal who's never really worked a day in his life and isn't even a native new yorker.

Apr. 11 2014 10:46 AM

The business class and wealthy have been coddled in new york the last 2 decades. The average rent in Brooklyn has gone up 9.5% in one year. The poor and middle class need help NOW.

Apr. 11 2014 10:46 AM
oscar from ny

I really wish mayor Deblasio had the power to fire 95% of those horrible terrorist cab drivers that destroy the sanctuary of god himself with their evil mentality.. Its really disgusting the way these devils think..I'll take a yuppie instead really..

Apr. 11 2014 10:46 AM

This guy needs to get serious--Bloomberg's contribution to Williamsburg was to make Manhattan unlivable for the young artist community by kowtowing to developers, giving away manhattan, and destroying neighborhoods.

Apr. 11 2014 10:44 AM
art525 from Park Slope

What a bunch of hooey Mr David. Mr Bloomberg's reach muct be quite considerable- is he responsible for the increase of "artisanl cheese stores" in Hudson New York or Portland Maine? It is a hipster trend not the doing of the all wise, all powerful Bllomberg. Ridiculous.

Apr. 11 2014 10:43 AM
Allison from Brooklyn

I'm very happy with DeBlasio so far. However, my opinion of Cuomo is in free-fall.

Apr. 11 2014 10:43 AM
Scott Dobrosielsky

The venerable Bedford Cheese shop predates Blommy!

Apr. 11 2014 10:43 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Nice to know that Mr David is representing the interests of the poor downtrodden business interests and the wealthy. They are woesfully unempowered aren't they?

Apr. 11 2014 10:41 AM
RJ from prospect hts

100 days of talking about poor and working class peoples needs is 100 days more than we heard in 12 years of bloomberg and 8 years of Giuliani--20 years = 7,300 days. What a concept.

He's been talking to developers, Kathryn Wilde's Partnership, and others in the big business community since long before inaugural say. So 100 days of *public* focus on working people is a drop in the bucket.

Apr. 11 2014 10:39 AM

LOL, well he was even late for his sit-down interview with the New York Times, so one thing hasn't changed in 100 days - his contempt for expectations of adult behavior.

Apr. 11 2014 10:25 AM

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