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This Week in Transition

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Brigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, and Andrew Hawkins, political reporter for Crain's New York Business, discuss the latest news in the de Blasio transition, from appointments to the final - balanced - Bloomberg budget.

 

Guests:

Brigid Bergin and Andrew Hawkins

Comments [5]

Mark from Astoria

In my neighborhood it is without fail that if you're out and about during the day doing errands you will encounter roving packs of parking meter attendants. It's not uncommon to see 3 or 4 of them on the same block! It's just astounding to me, in how obvious it seems that the City does target the working and middle class for revenue, as someone here is suggesting.

The answer seems so obvious to me: DeBlasio must shift the burden to the wealthy class, instead of always looking to beat us down with parking tickets and bridge and tunnel tolls (most of which went up an astonishing 50% a few years ago). To do that, he must institute a progressive tax policy and more importantly a financial transaction tax, the latter which would bring a windfall of money into the city's coffers for programs, civic roles and infrastructure
we need.

Or else we're looking at an Omega Man city coming, where there are fewer and fewer human left in a urban landscape exclusively populated by wealthy zombies, with empty banks and franchises on every corner and high-rise luxury hotels with rooftop drinking for the oligarchy to lord over the city on. As one Republican poster here pointed out on a thread last week in support of a "soak the rich" tax he suggested, even an upper middle class guy and with two recent promotions awarded at his job still can't keep up with the rising cost of living here. He's thinking of moving to Houston.

The disastrous trend of Bloomberg's corporate welfare, crony real estate re-zoning ad fascist police state must be jolted by a complete reversal by DeBlasio right away. He needs populist presence from a united front of people who are angry abut the trajectory of the city.

Nov. 25 2013 11:16 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

It is well known that the primary source of revenue in this City is parking tickets. Doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon.

Nov. 25 2013 10:49 AM
RJ from prospect hts

The city workers--yes, those people who go out a dawn to pick up garbage, shovel snow, etc.--are owed years of raises. Yes, few of us have had a raise in years, myself included. But I do *not* begrudge people who work for me--many of whom have expertise the rest of us can only guess at--to get a raise after so many years. I'm jealous--but I'm not retaliatory. The work these people--teachers, cops, firefighters, etc.--do is imperative to my quality of life, their taxes go into the local economy, their kids go to schools at the same time that their parents staff them (my dad was a teacher), and I think the doom-and-gloom that puffs up from speakers' mouths every time the expired contracts/past *owed* benefits are raised is an extraordinarily shortsighted and mean way to view the need to give our fellow citizens a raise. Maybe, in trend-centric New York, it will be the beginning of a new one! Maybe it will become fashionable!

Nov. 25 2013 10:45 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Mr Hawkins NYC budget history seems a bit off -- There was no mayoral transition in 1975 (Mayor Beame was elected to succeed Mayor Lindsay in November 1973, becoming mayor on January 1, 1974). More importantly, the City budget deficit was in free-fall in 1975 - so bad that maintenance went around the Municipal Building removing every 4th light bulb/florescent tube to save money on electricity.

Nov. 25 2013 10:41 AM
Joyce from NYC

WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ????????????????
What is this about No Retroactive Pay Raises -- that the unions have not been getting???????????

They have continued their old contracts and have been getting 3%+ per year every year.

What is this, more WNYC shotty reporting ??????????

Nov. 25 2013 10:40 AM

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