Bill de Blasio, the true progressive mayoral candidate. A recent article in The New Yorker and a recent issue of The Nation, "The Gilded City," referred to the city's growing income inequality under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. De Blasio has portrayed contemporary New York as a contemporary "Tale of Two Cities," and put forward proposals for preserving thousands of affordable housing units and removing wasteful tax breaks for real estate developers. He proposes an income tax surcharge on New Yorkers earning an annual salary over $500,000 in order to enroll every child in the city in pre-school. De Blasio has also been a consistent critic of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices.
De Blasio's chief competitor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, supported Bloomberg's overturning term limits in 2008, an act that also helped her gain a third term. She recently expressed support for keeping NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, who stands behind the stop-and-frisk practices. Most egregiously, she spent over two years blocking a vote on paid sick leave, an issue that a Salon article referred to as "the next liberal litmus test." Indeed, how can anyone oppose such an idea and call oneself a progressive?
As de Blasio's recent surge in the polls shows, New York City is ready for a change toward progressive policies. De Blasio is the candidate most inclined to fight for them. He deserves the support of NYC Democrats on the Sept. 10 mayoral primary.