This Week In Politics: One-on-One With The Mayor

WNYC City Hall reporter Brigid Bergin sits down with Mayor de Blasio to discuss his next 100 days.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mayor de Blasio in his office holding The Beatles album Revolver which is part of his collection currently in boxes at City Hall (Brigid Bergin)

Mayor Bill de Blasio sat down with WNYC in his office at City Hall on Friday to have a sprawling conversation to mark his first 100 days in office

Some excerpts:

Education: "Some of the things we’ve started on already now go into a very intense implementation phase, most notably pre-K and afterschool. This next month of setting up the new capacity and these new seats, it’s going to be very intense."

On healthcare costs for city workers: "In my platform, I talk about creating city clinics based on the Hotel Trades Council model, which is just extraordinary and beloved by the workers in that union, because all of the different services are under one roof. Your different types of doctors, dentists, pharmacy — and folks who are members of that union get extraordinary healthcare in a very efficient way, in a very cost effective way. I’d love to see us explore that possibility for the city. But that has to be determined with our partners in municipal labor and I’m sure they have other ideas."

On the possibility of a woman fire commissioner: "Certainly be open to it. I think the concept we have at the fire department, we’ve obviously indicated already by settling the previous lawsuit that we want to start to heal the mistakes of the past. It’s time for the fire department to look like New York City. And I’m certain we’re going to get there."

On his record collection: "It's not huge. It's like 200, something like that." To hear his current favorite song, listen or watch the video below.



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Comments [2]

Where from NYC

where is the full interview? this is the abridged version...

Apr. 13 2014 03:28 PM
RJ from prospect hts

Dear Ms.Bergen, I was struck by one of the questions you asked the mayor: In upcoming labor negotiations, should city workers have to pay part of their health care costs the way that other people do? You do not acknowledge a great deal in that question and insert some subtext that needs to be acknowledged. Labor contracts are the result of collective bargaining. "Bargaining" by its nature involves give and take. City workers receive their health insurance as a consequence of other benefits that have been negotiated down. There were several years when many city workers received zero pay increases. There is also the comparison to "other people." The important subtext there is that unionized workers have ... unionized. They have decided that as a group they needed some organization to balance the power of their employer, a much larger, often arbitrary and politicized employer (whether public or private).

When discussing any labor agreements, the question may more appropriately be "why didn't the workers needing/wanting health care unionize? why aren't they working with their fellow employees to counterbalance their employers sometimes arbitrary and inappropriate power? why *shouldn't* people have health care rather than give it up because others *don't have it? Isn't there something perverse in suggesting people reduce their health care because others have less? I should be less healthy because you are less healthy?

Apr. 12 2014 11:14 AM

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