Sunday, September 8, 2013

Vote Bill de Blasio In NYC Mayoral Primary, Sept. 10

I urge my fellow New York City Democrats to vote this Tues., Sept. 10, in the mayoral primary for Bill de Blasio. After eight years of Guiliani and twelve years of Bloomberg, it's time for the city to move in a more progressive direction.

Last week I offered some of the reasons that I support de Blasio, including his proposals for preserving thousands of affordable housing units, removing wasteful tax breaks for real estate developers, raising taxes on the wealthy to enroll children in pre-school and his consistent opposition to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices. He is the candidate most attuned to the city's growing income inequality, as reflected in his "tale of two cities" theme.

De Blasio stands a chance to reach 40 percent support in the primary and avoid a runoff. That would enable him to concentrate fully on likely Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota. Only 700,000 are expected to vote in the Democratic primary, rendering every vote especially important. Let's ensure that de Blasio is the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City this Tuesday.

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