Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vote Bill de Blasio For NYC Mayor, November 5

Heading into Tuesday, I again urge fellow New York City residents to vote for Bill de Blasio for mayor. We just received one more reason to support him: the unfortunate appellate court blocking of changes to the NYPD's unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program that targets minorities, the vast majority of whom are innocent. De Blasio, a longtime critic of the practice, was "extremely disappointed" by the decision and wants to "end the overuse of stop-and frisk." His Republican opponent, Joseph Lhota, applauded it and wants to continue appealing any changes to the program.

The candidates also have profoundly different perspectives on the income inequality that has widened tremendously under the Bloomberg era. A recent article in The New Yorker points out that the city has more homeless than it has had in decades. De Blasio's "a tale of two cities" theme points directly to this gap. Lhota dismisses such concerns, stating on MSNBC, "I don’t think it’s a problem, it exists.” Perhaps he should tell the rising number of NYC households living in poverty that income inequality isn't a problem.

De Blasio, of course, will have difficulty realizing all he envisions. His proposal to enroll every NYC child in pre-school by raising taxes on the wealthy is laudable, but it requires the agreement of the State Legislature–something hardly assured. Regardless, de Blasio clearly wants to lead New York City in a progressive direction. The fact that he leads Lhota by almost 40 percent is no reason to stay home. This Tuesday, New Yorkers should vote to give Bill De Blasio an overwhelming mandate supporting his progressive vision.

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