What You Need to Know About the de Blasio Transition Team

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall (William Alatriste)

After twelve years of Bloomberg, it's now up to Mayor-elect de Blasio to build a new team. Brigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter and Errol Louis, NY1 host, discuss the four people announced yesterday, and what it says about the new government.


Brigid Bergin and Errol Louis

Comments [18]

carlos belgrave from Queens, NY

Hello mayor elect Bill Blasio, Iworked in the Dinkins Administration, how could i be of Service in your Administration, would like an oipportunity to work in your for your Administration. Where do i send my Resume?

Nov. 24 2013 05:42 PM

Michael Bloomberg was a good mayor for the Toll Brothers.
Bloomberg cared about Manhattan and Gazafied the outer boroughs.
He came across as a person that felt contempt for those that did not
belong to Mike Bloomberg's group.

But MB did keep the lid on street crime.
I remember how bad it was during the Bernie Goetz and the CP 5 days
in New York City, where the squeege man and the homeless littered the

I'm afraid that De Blasio will handcuff the cops and by so doing
unleash the predators onto the people of NYC causing those that
can to flee.

Nov. 07 2013 06:48 PM

Brian Lehrer on the Steve Colbert Show was just great, like always.

Nov. 07 2013 06:40 PM

According to the NYTIMES Bill De Blasio says that his wife will be
present through the screening process of De Blasio's major appointments.

I did not vote for De Blasio, I voted for Joe Lhota.

Regardless, no one voted for De Blasio's wife, so why is she
sitting in on the selection process of the Mayor elect appointments?

Nov. 07 2013 06:11 PM
Julie from Manhattan

ONLY 23% of the eligible people voted. THERE IS NO MANDATE.

Nov. 07 2013 11:51 AM
Joyce from NYC

We low how the 70s happened. It's in a book, The Future Once Happened Here. Fred Segel, Prof at Cooper Union.

From Amazon:In The Future Once Happened Here, Fred Siegel tells the beguiling story of America's three most influential cities, New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. Amplified by their place as media capitals and nerve centers of American liberalism, these three cities have shaped how Americans view urban life. Big-city America, once celebrated for its ability to incorporate immigrants and other newcomers, faltered in the face of redressing three hundred years of racial oppression and the destabilizing impact of the 1960s riots. New York, Washington, and Los Angeles were each caught in the vortex of social policies created in the '60's and '70's and each suffered the consequences. Nevertheless, these three cities tell a complex story in which decline is not a foregone conclusion.

Note that is is no longer in print ("available only from third party …")
In other words, we don't want to know what happened, we want to live through it again.

Nov. 07 2013 11:19 AM

Hey Brian and staff. It seems a lots of people believe that NYC is heading towards a return to the troubles of the 1970s. How about researching into the causes of those times?

Nov. 07 2013 10:56 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Sounds like the neo-bolsheviks have taken over St. Petersberg and are setting up a provisional government. I wonder how soon the Red Terror begins.

Nov. 07 2013 10:44 AM

All the people that are scared that DeBlasio is actually going to help the poor need to stop having such a naive faith in democracy. If the election of Obama has shown anything it's that it doesn't matter who wins the election, the rich get what they want and the poor pay for it. The country voted for Obama but somehow we have Mitt Romney's healthcare plan. How did that happen? Oh, yeah, American democracy is a sham, that's how. DeBlasio will probably find a way to weasel out of ending stop and frisk, cozy up to big money real estate tycoons and maybe even smash a few unions.

Nov. 07 2013 10:41 AM

Please explain how De Blasio whill bring the 1970s back. I recall those times and they were not caused by one man.

Nov. 07 2013 10:40 AM
john from office

Nick RIGHT ON I am wiht you.

Fuva, stop using Back In The Day, too black for you

Nov. 07 2013 10:39 AM
Nick from UWS

Hi genejoke from Brooklyn - Glad to know you!

Nov. 07 2013 10:37 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

So people of color, progressives and liberals like anarchy, joblessness, crime you name it? This is what a certain white segment of New Yorkers are voicing. There is hidden racism here.
As for the rich leaving. Why are they here because it’s NEW YORK, and they like it. They are not leaving. This whole conversation about the fears a bunch of delusional, racist people is ridiculous.

Nov. 07 2013 10:35 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Nick from UWS -

I'm a proud Martian-American.

Thank you.

Nov. 07 2013 10:32 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Wow, Errol. Thanks for recalling your conversation with Bloomberg about the exclusivity of the Fire Department (born of the active exclusion of black people and preferential treatment for Irish immigrants back in the day). It underscores how prevalent and normalized race-backward views are, and how infrequently they are checked.
(Errol, by the way, is one of the few good things about NY1 reporting which is mostly sickening.)

Nov. 07 2013 10:26 AM
Marc from Brooklyn

Bill Di Blasio can be summed up in three words: John Lindsay Redux. We've seen this act before, and we've seen its logical end. I've never been more ashamed of my fellow New Yorkers as I am now. Darwin will do to New York in this decade what he did to New York forty years ago. If you enjoyed it back then, then you'll have a blast in "Fun City" real soon.

Nov. 07 2013 10:24 AM
Joyce from NYC

I am disappointed in this show that it is RIDICULING those who worry that de Blasio will b ring back the 70s.

It is obvious that this show only welcomes one point of view.

Sorry I tuned in -- I will go back to WABC where more points of view are welcome.

Nov. 07 2013 10:23 AM
Nick from UWS

I'm so sick of the whole "diversity" thing. I'm so sick of this equivocation about people's nationality here...African-American, Asian-American, if there is somehow shame in just being an American, as if being just an American is insufficient. I'm fuckin' sick of it. If you are a citizen here, you are an American. And that's enough. These labels actually perpetuate separation, lack of integration, and lack of unity, and are the language of idiocy.

Nov. 07 2013 10:21 AM

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