Communist New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found himself in hot-water this week after USA Today published a scathing critique of the liberal politician’s approach to city management; adding the mayor’s “bystander” leadership was crippling the Big Apple.
The article, titled “New York City today: Slow subways, slummy projects, soaring rents” slammed de Blasio for his poor leadership on three key issues facing average New Yorkers: transportation, public housing, and enormous rent costs.
Five years ago this seemed the very model of a modern major city, with its bike lanes, pedestrian plazas and smokeless bars.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg even started a pro-bono consulting firm, staffed by veterans of his administration, to tell cities around the world how to solve their problems.
”We have heard this huge demand and need from other cities to learn from New York,” Amanda Burden, city planning director, told The New York Times. ”New York is the epitome that cities look to of how to get things done.”
These days, however, other cities look at New York and see three great systems in crisis – mass transit, public housing and rent control. Their dysfunction both undercuts Bloomberg’s image of a can-do city and afflicts the average New Yorker that his successor, Bill de Blasio, claims to champion.
This summer, New York has endless waits on sweltering, packed subway platforms, where frustrated riders occasionally slug it out; public housing projects contaminated with lead paint, mold and the smell of urine; and housing prices that drive the poor into the street and almost everyone else farther and farther from fabulous Manhattan.
The July cover story in Harper’s Magazine decries New York’s “systematic, wholesale transformation into a reserve of the obscenely wealthy … the world’s largest gated community.’’ The article’s title: “The Death of a Once Great City.’’
After Bloomberg’s we-know-best hubris, and de Blasio’s “tale of two cities’’ campaign rhetoric, it’s been disturbing to learn how city Housing Authority maintenance workers routinely faked paperwork and deceived inspectors; how subway track signals intended to make travel safer have bogged it down; how big landlords are allowed to routinely cheat and bully renters out of their legal rights.
In such times, the city has always looked to the mayor – Fiorello La Guardia in the Depression, Ed Koch after the mid-1970s fiscal crisis, Rudy Giuliani on 9/11 and Bloomberg afterward. Each rallied the populace and became a national figure.
But de Blasio can look like a bystander.
For instance, The New Yorker magazine reported that he’d not spoken with the new subway system president since the man began the job six months ago. (A meeting ensued.)
Two factors may explain de Blasio’s remove from the fray. For one thing, he shares control over the systems in crisis with other levels of government. A state agency runs and partly funds the subway; state law controls rents; and the Housing Authority gets federal funds.
For another, he’s intent on becoming a national leader of the Democratic Party’s left wing – an aspiration that remains just that. His visit to Texas was notable mostly for the Border Patrol’s claim that his party illegally crossed the border on foot while trying to inspect a detention facility. (Continue reading here)
Meanwhile, in Muslim-sympathizing De Blasio’s New York, attacks against against Jews are skyrocketing.
The most recent incident left a man badly bruised. It was captured on camera and now police are searching for the attacker.
Police are keeping watch at the scene of the latest attack on Rutland Road near Schenectady Avenue.
Many Jewish leaders say this is happening too frequently to be a coincidence, and it’s definitely no coincidence that the attacks are coming at a time when the Mayor has embraced Islam.
“People are very, very nervous about what is going on,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Jewish leaders including Hikind told Burrell they believe the recent attacks in Brooklyn aren’t isolated.
“They’re not anomalies?” CBS 2’s Jannelle Burrell asked.
“No, not at all. In between these two incidents, there are so many others. Many of them don’t get reported,” Hikind said.
The latest victim is a 52-year-old orthodox Jewish man who asked that CBS2 not share his name.
Police are looking for the man who went after him Saturday afternoon as he was walking home from synagogue.
“I greeted him and I go, continue. Next thing I know, he said ‘I don’t like Jews, who were you talking to. I don’t talk to Jews.’ He put me in a headlock and I’m trying to maneuver out of him. In the meantime, I’m screaming ‘Help, help.’ He said ‘You don’t need help, I’m going to kill you right here.’”
The assault went on for five minutes before two people walking by pulled the man off and held him down. The 52-year-old was left with a black eye, broken rib and scratches.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 2nd, 2018