Transition Day One

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Bill de Blasio on election night, Nov. 5,  2013 Bill de Blasio on election night, Nov. 5, 2013 (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

What now for Bill de Blasio? Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia University and former adviser to Mayor Bloomberg, and Andrea Bernstein, metro editor at WNYC News, discuss what comes next for New York City's newest mayor.


Andrea Bernstein and Ester Fuchs

Comments [81]

Norman Oder from Brooklyn

Andrea Bernstein:"On Atlantic Yards, Bill de Blasio's argument has been consistent that he got behind it because it was going to build affordable housing. He says as Public Advocate he used his bully pulpit to press for that. Now the rubber hits the road. What are the sanctions going to be against Bruce Ratner, who is a de Blasio friend, who funded his 50th birthday party../ if that housing doesn't get built?"

Actually, de Blasio has *not* used his bully pulpit. See WNYC's report:

Atlantic Yards is a state project, so the city does not really have sanctions. It does have bonding capacity & subsidies, which it can devote to make the Atlantic Yards towers an easier/tougher deal for Ratner. The city Housing Development Corporation pressured Ratner into adding more 2-bedroom units to the first tower than initially announced but still let Ratner get away with fewer family sized units than promised.

As mayor, de Blasio will have more carrots than sticks. He may "get the housing done" by devoting more subsidies to AY.

Ester Fuchs said: "The issue to me around Ratner was not that [de Blasio] supported that, because Bertha Lewis supported that, she was at ACORN then. They did a really good deal on affordable housing. The problem is, he built the stadium first, & no one said, hey build this affordable housing while you're building the stadium."

Brian Lehrer said, "A good deal, except it turned out to be unenforceable."

Actually, there were 2 deals. The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), which incorporates the Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding, is essentially unenforceable because no public party signed it. All the signatories have some financial relationship w/Forest City Ratner.

None of them has publicly pressed that Forest City hire the Independent Compliance Monitor required by the CBA. (de Blasio, a big booster of the CBA, has been tellingly silent too.)

The guiding document for Atlantic Yards is a Development Agreement Forest City signed w/the Empire State Development Corporation.

That *is* enforceable. It just gives Ratner a long leash. Ratner's not in violation. Atlantic Yards critics & opponents, who *do* know Ratner's less than trustworthy record, did call him out for not building the housing.

Uncritical support from Lewis & de Blasio, (&others) helped Ratner get 100s of millions in tax breaks & subsidies. Ratner supported de Blasio. His company *bailed out* ACORN after the group lost funding in the wake of an internal scandal (before the "pimp" sting).

de Blasio & Lewis may believe in the goals of Atlantic Yards. However, they've proceeded uncritically, while Ratner's record should have inspired skepticism:

Norman Oder/Atlantic Yards Report

Nov. 06 2013 02:21 PM
Lary from Brooklyn

Mark from Astoria
Lets be perfectly clear, de Blasio got 17% of the registered NY Votes yesterday. SEVENTEEN PERCENT. Votes cast fro deBlasio are only 9% of the total population.

If you voted for deBlasio, you are in a minority! Yesterday New Yorkers made a loud and clear statement that they didn't want to pick any of these candidates to represent their hopes for their city.

And look at the other city-wide races. People actually went to the pole to vote for Trish James, but not vote for deBlasio. Why would so all those people vote for James and against deBlasio?

A rational perspective on yesterdays vote count is that New Yorkers just not willing to be counted as backing deBlasio.

17% of voters is no mandate, Bill.

Nov. 06 2013 01:56 PM
art525 from Park Slope

Ah dear Martin C, you say I shouldn't bring up the prospect of DeBlasio hiring Bratton because there is no evidence of that while you proclaim that crime will rule NYC, the economy will collapse and there will be plagues and infestations under the rule of Bill DeBlasio. You of course have evidence to support your apocalyptic claims right?

Nov. 06 2013 12:41 PM
Chris from New York

@Mark. I agree with you. I am a New York Republican and in the "upper middle class" of NY income brackets. Every year I've been in NYC, I've seen my rent, food and cost of living increase faster than my earnings despite two promotions at work. I am seriously considering a transfer to Houston, TX through work.

DeBlasio is right - every day that passes this is becoming more of a Tale of Two Cities. That's why I voted for him.

This huge influx of foreign property owners who stash their money from abroad in New York properties to avoid taxes is a big problem. It takes inventory off the market for people who actually live and work here.

I want to see a "soak the rich" extreme property tax. Something super-progressive, like 10% a year of the assessed value of any property over $2 million.

Raising income taxes just won't work. The 1% and foreign oligarchs will run circles around them.

Nov. 06 2013 12:22 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

I was shocked that Lhota felt it necessary to visit Al (Tawana Brawley hoax, Crown Heights riots, Freddies Fashion Mart fire and deaths) Sharpton at his compound.

Nov. 06 2013 11:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"art525 from Park Slope"

"Martin, John and all you other doomsayers, De Blasio has stated that he would hire Bill Bratton as his police commissioner. Bratton along with Jack Maple were the ones who created the new policing policies that made New York the safe city it has become. But boy will you guys be disapppointed if your predictions of gloom and doom don't come to pass."

YEA,YEA genius ...he cleverly leaked that rumor TO THE PRESS during the campaign for DAMAGE CONTROL.
IF IT DOES....GREAT!!!! He won't be quite the radical he has been if he does.

Nov. 06 2013 11:12 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Sheldon, really? It wasn't obvious to you that art525 was being sarcastic?

Nov. 06 2013 11:10 AM
Nick from UWS

Pay close heed to Mark from Astoria's statement below, because it doesn't get clearer than that.

Nov. 06 2013 11:08 AM
john from office

The DA in Brooklyn need speech classes. He sounds like he belongs on Flatbush Avenue selling soap and body oils. Needs Diction classes.

I await the first scandal in his DA's office.

Also, so what if he said Colored. Don't we now say People of Color, who would be then Colored people?? No.

Nov. 06 2013 11:05 AM
Mark from Astoria from Astoria

I'm a middle-aged white guy who voted for De Blasio. The impostor from the UES who claimed to be the same just reeled off a script of stock boilerplate RW talk radio talking points (anti-union, praising the rich as job creators, municipal workers contracts, etc.) How does a guy like that not get called out on your program, falsely presenting himself under the guise of a liberal?

Under Bloomberg's corporate welfare program/quasi-fascist police state. NYC has ben sold out to the international oligarchs, while working people were shredded in the grinder of low wages, less and less affordable housing and a corporate and banking takeover.

Let's make one thing clear: De Blasio won this election (by 50 points!) almost solely on the strong and robust populist rhetoric of Occupy Wall St. Now he must have his feet held to fire about the Tale of Two Cities he so effectvely painted during the campaign: progressive income tax, financial transaction taxes, abolish Stop & Frisk, reclaim the public commons, more outdoor space allotment and and end to the onslaught of high-rise luxury condos.

De Blasio's election will mean nothing if we all go back to sleep. I see our work cut out for us. He needs to hear from the People who live in this city, NOW, instead of the deluge of real estate moguls, hedge fund and banking criminals who are right now desperately jockeying to get into the ear of the mayor-elect. He must be pressured by everyone who is fed up with the current trajectory.

I'm a lifelong NY resident and our City has become an infuriating despotic playground for the rich. There's a new gleaming bank on every street corner, corporate franchises littering our neighborhoods, and Wall St criminal helicopter traffic noise pollution ruining our quality of life. It's become a city of eyesores and brazen Marie Antionette boutique, luxury living. Everyday I wake up and there's not a revolution I'm amazed (Russell Brand was exactly right). The banking cartel have brazenly taken all that ransom welfare money from the taxpayers and enriched themselves by gorging on our city and solidifying their positions, pricing us out of the market. They unapologetically continue to live palatially, while the working class, who are the backbone of the city, still bear the brunt of crushing economic inequality.

It can't continue this way. De Blasio has some serious work to do. And it's not going to happen if we stay silent now against the corporate, banking and police state interests that have ravaged our city.

Nov. 06 2013 11:01 AM
Arthur from Manhattan

The comment about the Ratner project was unfair. The original project was delayed by a great many law suits, by the time the project was actually started, the financing had disappeared. They have indicted that they will still build the housing but it will take longer because of the financing.

Nov. 06 2013 11:00 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ Edward from Welshingtown Cripes AKA relentless Has-been Cries

When the barbarians are at the gate it's already too late... you'd better leave town in a hurry, no telling what could happen!

Nov. 06 2013 10:57 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

art525 from Park Slope said:

"showed the incident where the bikers attacked the SUV on the West Side Highway- which of course happened on Bloomberg's watch."

That incident shows that the Barbarians are at the gate.

Unchecked, they will proliferate. See Chicago and Detroit.

Under Bloomberg NYC has been the safest Big City in America.

Nov. 06 2013 10:51 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

You'll never fix this city so long as Albany is involved and now we have a governor with aspirations to the Presidency ... Fougeddaboutit. NYC needs to be its own state. SECEDE FROM NY! Look at the quasi-city states of the world like Hong Kong and Singapore and the tremendous success they've achieved. NYC doesn't need upstate, that's for sure, so why do we have to account to them?

Nov. 06 2013 10:50 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Martin, John and all you other doomsayers, De Blasio has stated that he would hire Bill Bratton as his police commissioner. Bratton along with Jack Maple were the ones who created the new policing policies that made New York the safe city it has become. They created the Compstat and also the "broken windows policy". It wasn't Guiliani's concept and in fact he fired Bratton when he was put on the cover of Time Magazine for his crime fighting success. Guiliani wanted to claim all credit for it. Typical Guiliani. Well if Bratton is rehired then we will have the guy who originated (along with Maple) the policies so there is no reason to think that the city will be any less safe. But boy will you guys be disapppointed if your predictions of gloom and doom don't come to pass.

Nov. 06 2013 10:50 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Woow, do I hear Ester Fuchs is moving away from her Bloomberg "right wing" position. Opportunistic.

Nov. 06 2013 10:49 AM
Arthur from Manhattan

The comment about the Ratner project was unfair. The original project was delayed by a great many law suits, by the time the project was actually started, the financing had disappeared. They have indicted that they will still build the housing but it will take longer because of the financing.

Nov. 06 2013 10:49 AM
JR from NYC

Completely agree with paulb from ProspectHeights

Nov. 06 2013 10:49 AM
Henry from Queens

I was surprised to hear Esther Fuchs State the Bloomberg line that he "built" 165,000 units of affordable housing when it's just not true at all.

Read about the difference between building or creating "new" and "preserving" affordable housing units.

[You will notice that the word "built" doesn't appear. Whenever they drag out these numbers, create is always coupled by "preserve." People get fuzzy about this, and development is complicated, and then, something totally untrue gets passed around.]

Nov. 06 2013 10:48 AM
antonio from baySide

Amen Becky!

Nov. 06 2013 10:47 AM
Chen from Manhattan

LOL... Yay, lets discuss how he said colored. Lets not address the small tidbit about the long term financial stability of the city he also spoke of. Talk about fiddling while Rome is burning.

Nov. 06 2013 10:46 AM

@Mr. Bad from NYC:

Duplication not intended. I expect that the "moderators" (are they the same people answering the phones and doing the production?) will eliminate one iteration when they get a moment.

Nov. 06 2013 10:46 AM

He said 'coloured', not 'colored', so it's OK.

Nov. 06 2013 10:45 AM
The Trolls from Becky

Do not feed the trolls!!

Nov. 06 2013 10:42 AM
jane from manhattan

In four years there will a lot of smart third graders who will go on to be smart seniors, etc.

The second caller said "coloreds."

With Esther Fuchs on the show, why isn't there at least a little discussion about an election between a billionaire who buys his elections and the other candidates?

Nov. 06 2013 10:42 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Katie from Huntington- Your comment reminds me of Lhota's ad where he said that if De Blasio was elected we would go back to the violence of the 70s as he showed the incident where the bikers attacked the SUV on the West Side Highway- which of course happened on Bloomberg's watch.

Nov. 06 2013 10:41 AM
Amy from Manhattan

The caller definitely said "colored." It really caught my attention.

Nov. 06 2013 10:40 AM
RCT from NYC

The caller did say "colored." My husband and I both heard and commented upon it.

Nov. 06 2013 10:39 AM

per Latisha from Brooklyn

"Why are you all so hung up on race in every topic. I find it disgusting to be talked down to. We can think for ourselves you, realize."

I noticed that too.

Nov. 06 2013 10:38 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Spare us your crocodile tears...

Nov. 06 2013 10:38 AM
Nick from UWS

RE: the casinos vote and the Adirondacks vote. 10 years from now there will be all this whining, sniffling and hand wringing about the rampant increase in gambling addiction in NY state, about increases in drug use, poverty and crime, about increases in the loads on social services, because people have gone broke voluntarily and happily stuffing their own money into the pockets of the organized criminals and 1% Manhattan politicians who run the network of casinos. And 20 years from now there will be all this whining, sniffling and hand wringing about the endless rape, uglification, ground pollution, air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, decimation of wildlife and ruination of the Adirondacks. And I’m really going to enjoy all the misery, because people vote against their own interests, the interests of their children, the interests of the planet, every time. They thoroughly deserve what they get and fuck ‘em all. And it’s really too bad that smart people have to suffer for the decisions of imbeciles, the venal, the delusional, the masochistic.

Nov. 06 2013 10:37 AM
paulb from Prospect Heights

This is the worst election morning coverage I've ever heard. Brian, Andrea, and Esther sound like they're complete party to this mindless triumphalism. Joe Lhota ran a terrible campaign. He was an awful candidate. Turnout was dismal. DiBlasio ran a "successful" campaign on the premise of The Big Lie: the so-called Tale of Two Cities, which, because so many of the most politically active New Yorkers are recent arrivals with no real memory or subtle knowledge of New York politics (of which DiBlasio used to be one). Awful. Absolutely awful.

Nov. 06 2013 10:36 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Sadly, it's the low income and minority neighborhoods that will begin to unravel and spiral down first.

Nov. 06 2013 10:36 AM
Latisha from Brooklyn

Why are you all so hung up on race in every topic. I find it disgusting to be talked down to. We can think for ourselves, you realize.

Nov. 06 2013 10:35 AM

"(3) and whether more people will decide to come to, or leave from New York City."

oh, how I hope they leave. This place is toooo crowded.

Nov. 06 2013 10:35 AM
Anonymous from Astoria

I am 46, a woman, and did not vote for DeBlasio. My reason is schools! De Blasio has been very questionable towards charter schools. This disturbs me. I am a mother of three, and want more charters---lot less.

Nov. 06 2013 10:34 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

One thing for certain, 3 indicators in the next 4 years will decide the issue: (1) the unemployment rate; (2)the crime rate; (3) and whether more people will decide to come to, or leave from New York City. Those are the three indicators that will tell all.

Nov. 06 2013 10:33 AM
MICHAEL from Crown Heights

It is SO EASY to be Politically Correct when you get to live in nice Park Slope and UWS.

I don't. I live in Crown Heights.

And now I am terrified. My area was a SHOOTING GALLERY up until 3-4 years ago (gunshots 5 nights/week, murder ON BLOCK 1-2/month) now we only had 3 murders on my block ALL SUMMER> Thats a record LOW!

I am afraid Mr PC will reverse this and we will go back to what is was so recently. But who cares, sucks to be poor and live in a poor neighborhood. I am so glad upper middle class sensibilities will not be hurt now and the black people in DENIAL of whats going on around them will be happy too.

Bw 99% of the victims have been black so don't go calling e racist please. I a just telling it like it is.

Nov. 06 2013 10:32 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

In other news:

"Voters in predominantly black Detroit elect Mike Duggan city’s first white mayor in 4 decades"

Nov. 06 2013 10:32 AM
john from office

In 4 years the city will look like the battle scenes in the movie Blood Diamonds. Like the congo, only worst.

Nov. 06 2013 10:32 AM
Katie from Huntington

Gee, John. The homeless are out on the street already, begging. Never happened before DiBlasio took office...oh, wait...he's not in office yet!

Nov. 06 2013 10:31 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

I will start posting the monthly murder count here starting 60 days after the new “mayor” and his police commissioner take office.

No effect?
LET'S SEE WHAT THE NUMBERS SAY.... and publish them regularly and relentlessly.
Maybe some interviews with the victims' families????

Nov. 06 2013 10:31 AM
antonio from baySide

hahhahahah! Excuse me as I wipe my tears...

Does anyone think 'the bad ole days are right around the corner' really?

If you read any book about the transitions of folks (i.e. RIchard Florida etc) CITIES are the new HOTNESS...
And the people which can take advantage of this are RICH and MIDDLE CLASS folks...

Where does the NYpost think all those "FARM RAISED cured meat shoppes" going to go? Levittown?

Nov. 06 2013 10:30 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

One thing for certain, we'll find out within 4 years or so if this "progressivism" business really works for good, or not. It didn't work in the Soviet Union. I know from personal experience that the Kibbutz system in Israel - the only true, decent and voluntary communist system in history - eventually required massive taxpayer subsidies to survive and has gone mostly capitalist. I know the "single payer" system in Israel has gone towards our direction over the last 20 years, while we are trying to go towards their former system. I have no trust in "progressivism," but only time will tell. But maybe that's why so many over 65 year olds did not go for De Blasio, but Lhota was just not the right guy. We needed another Bloomberg.

Nov. 06 2013 10:29 AM

John the caller ~

Pull your head out of your "the rich are gonna move out of the city and that's gonna be real bad!" a$$!

First off; the rich are NEVER moving out of the cultural/fashion/status playground center of the universe.

Second; It's too bad they don't!!

Nov. 06 2013 10:29 AM
JR from NYC

now or in 4 yrs doesn't change the way this city works. kick the wealthy out and eventually you'll have Detroit.
Demogoguery and Utopia. let's be realistic.

Nov. 06 2013 10:28 AM
art525 from Park Slope

No the rich are not going to leave New York if taxes are raised. The fact is the rich want to be in New York and if it costs more it will just be a way of flashing thier money. These are people who pay 40 million for an apartment, who buy a dead shark in a tank for 13 million. They love to spend lots of money on the most esoteric things just to show they can throw their money around. It will be a show of swag and swagger for them to live in the city.

Nov. 06 2013 10:28 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

blackheartedsocialist from BKbaby said:

> the pathetic lehrer moderators wouldnt post my comment, but let the knuckledraggers post their racist dreck incessantly.... let me guess, the moderators are white..... so sad, so pathetic

I recommend you get back to your day job, standing on the sidewalk screaming at people passing by.

Nov. 06 2013 10:26 AM
Katie from Huntington

DiBlasio is not talking about soaking the rich, or giving the unions everything...he's talking about BALANCE. Everyone, rich and poor alike, giving their fair share. I am very hopeful for the city.

Nov. 06 2013 10:26 AM

So tired of the "rich are going to move away if taxed more" Strawman. There's just no evidence at all to support that. The rich used to pay a whole lot more than they do now.

Nov. 06 2013 10:26 AM

"They want a government that does more for them".

Re-read or read:

Animal Farm - Orwell

Darkness at Noon - Koestler

Lord of the Flies - Golding

Road To Serfdom - Hayek

(Short Intro)
Hayek's 'The Road to Serfdom' in Five Minutes - YouTube

'The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.'

Nov. 06 2013 10:24 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Whoops. Typo. It should be piece.

Nov. 06 2013 10:24 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The gang bangers and predators are all smiles this morning.
They will "own the night" in FOUR YEARS.

Nov. 06 2013 10:23 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

I’ll go along to agree with Brian’s ear that de Blasio’s biggest applause line of the evening was the one about not selling off hospitals to create condos. The role of the Public Advocate is to keep the Mayor on track and, similarly, last night in her acceptance speech Tish James, the Public Advocate elect, spoke about not selling libraries, hospitals, schools and public assets in general, reiterating a de Blasio these throughout the campaign.

For more about this see:

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Candidate Lhota's Flub!: He thinks library lovers don't read the Wall Street Journal!!- Checking In On Mayoral Candidates’ Library Positions, de Blasio vs Lhota


Community Groups Unite Against Sale of Public Assets: Protests planned, new administration to hear groups' concerns, by Genevieve Belmaker, Epoch Times, November 3, 2013

Nov. 06 2013 10:23 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Hey Martin did you see that? I peice of the sky just missed me.

Nov. 06 2013 10:22 AM
michael from CROWN HEIGHTS

I am so scared for my neighborhood now.

I am white, super-liberal, and live in Crown heights 10+ years.

My neighborhood has been a SHOOTING GALLERY for the past years until the recent 3-4 years when Stop-And_Frisk style aggressive policing was instituted and guess what.... IT WORKED!! Now we can walk home late at night without too such fear (yes only 3 murders on my block this summer...yay!) and sit near the WINDOW like normal people.

Before it was gunshots nightly from April-October, murders weekly/monthly. Now it is not. And guess what else? All those victims of shootings were BLACK. Thats a lot of balk lives saved over the past few years.

Now Im terrrified MR PC will go backwards and y little flowering neighborhood will be overrun again by crime as it was so recently.

Bad feeling about DiBlasio. But all the PC Park Slopers and Upper westsiders can pat themselves on the back in their safe neighborhoods and feel good about it. Congrats. WHEN I AM SHOT I WILL SEND YOU THE INVITE TO MY FUNERAL

Nov. 06 2013 10:22 AM
Anonymous from Park Slope

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit is a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. It was originally serialized in 1843 and 1844. Dickens thought it to be his best work, but it was one of his least popular novels.

Nov. 06 2013 10:21 AM
The Truth from Becky

Safe Streets in NYC? An oxymoron from a bunch of moron's!

Nov. 06 2013 10:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The era of safe streets in Harlem and upper Manhattan is OVER.

Nov. 06 2013 10:18 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Why was voter turnout so low?

See my previous comment.

Nov. 06 2013 10:16 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The era of safe subways is OVER.

Nov. 06 2013 10:16 AM
RCT from NYC

I'm from Bklyn - vote had nothing to do with Sandy - Rockaways, Breezy Pt, Staten Island mostly white ethnic working class - very conservative, antagonistic toward minorities, many white cops and firefighters. Breezy Pt excluded blacks - illegal but true, ask anyone who knows the area.

Nov. 06 2013 10:16 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@art525, your brilliant logic, supposes that John, is not talking out of his a**. He, heard "drums" - remember? The "word" is out on the street, Cyrus is dead....

Nov. 06 2013 10:13 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The era of safe streets for women is OVER.

Nov. 06 2013 10:13 AM
The Truth from Becky


Nov. 06 2013 10:12 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

So who is the mayor now?

The guy with the Afro or the girl with the flowers growing out of her head?

Nov. 06 2013 10:12 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Why does his daughter always have that ridiculous flower WREATHE in her hair? Is she trying to compete with her bro's 'fro?
These distractions are firmly stuck in my "wheelhouse." Can we "drill down" or "unpack" these issues, Brian?

Nov. 06 2013 10:12 AM
JR from NYC

we'll see in 4 years how much "safer" the streets will be.

Nov. 06 2013 10:12 AM
Jean from midtown

There will be more luxury apartments with inclusionary zoned apartments. Otherwise, NYC will be more or less the same. I suspect De Blasio will be less bold than Bloomberg was with regard to transportation and public health issues.

Nov. 06 2013 10:10 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

It's funny how people who should know better (long time NY'ers) seem to actually believe that De'Blasio will change things AT ALL. Bloomberg was a fascist scumbag who loved to add his little "touches" to let the little people know where they stood but he was only a front man for the people who really run NYC, i.e. RE and Wall street. Deblabbio can talk himself hoarse, it won't change anything, NYC is still in the hands of the 1% (hell, we pioneered that wealth transfer!) and if he wants to throw some of their money away on some pointless pre-K program then they're all the happier he thinks he's done something and can then f-off to the sidelines where he belongs.

Nov. 06 2013 10:09 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Hey john from the office, I don't think it's drums you hear but the shouting of Chicken Little. Ask Mr Chuzzlewit because he hears it too.

Nov. 06 2013 10:08 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Yes john for the office I am sure that that guy who asked you for change at the red light is deeply engaged with the mayors race and having seen DeBlasio's success knew he could go up and inconvenience you. He would obviously have reconsidered his begging had Lhota won. I think that's reasonable.

Nov. 06 2013 10:06 AM
art525 from Partk Slope

So you're going to "drill down on it"? Are you going to "unpack it" too? Will you find out who's "in his wheelhouse "too?

Nov. 06 2013 10:02 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Squeegees and dirty-water buckets go on sale by street vendors January 1, 2014.

Nov. 06 2013 09:43 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

I hope de blasio doesn't take advice from the mayor of Toronto.

Nov. 06 2013 09:38 AM
john from office

I can hear the drums, sending out the "Word". Like a Tarzan movie!

Nov. 06 2013 09:34 AM
tom from astoria

DeBlasio's rhetoric harks back to Mario Cuomo and Democratic 'underclass' appeals, but Bloomberg has so enabled developers to price out the average middle and low-income household that I don't see how much impact he can have. Bloomberg represents 'pressure from the top' -- the wealthy having their way, while DeBlasio speaks the language of the old 20th Century working class politicians who applied 'pressure from the bottom, up' to improve the lives of lower income households. But the upper classes hold the reins now -- What can a DeBlasio really do to change that?

Nov. 06 2013 09:17 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"The word is out on the street" Someone is watching too many cop shows.

Nov. 06 2013 09:02 AM
john from office

On the way to work today I was approached by a man asking for change at the red light. Never happened before at that intersection. I felt like it was 1978.

The "word" is out in the street. The white Dinkins is in town.

What is it with the flowers in the daughter's hair?? What is that all about??

Nov. 06 2013 08:52 AM
Robert from NYC

I was interesting to see that De Blasio's win headlined on the Italian news agency ANSA last night. There are many in depth stories about him in the major media in Italy. I was shocked to see how much attention they give to his campaign and win, especially in the town from where his maternal grandparents emigrated, Sant'Agata dei Goti, near Benevento. The town will also hold a day of celebration for the occasion of De Blasio's election to mayor of NYC. Seems, according to many of the stories, that he has maintained contact with relatives over there all these years with his mother when she was alive. She even took him there as a teen. I just couldn't imagaine that it would take the lead headline in the major Italian new agency. Now it's in a "lesser" position, but still there with all the stories and videos. Even La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, major newspapers, have followed his story. Here's a link to one story if anyone is even interested.

Nov. 06 2013 08:37 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Professor Fuchs - be honest - the era of safe streets around Columbia University is OVER.

Nov. 06 2013 08:28 AM

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