De Blasio, Past and Future

The Story

Mayor de Blasio faces reelection tomorrow, and he is widely expected to win. His record is mixed. His challenges going forward are considerable—especially if the city’s economy falters, as it likely will at some point.   

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Shady: Corruption allegations shadowed the mayor throughout his term and have popped up again in an unrelated bribery trial. Read more.

  2. Slow: De Blasio’s refusal to consider congestion pricing spurns billions of dollars in potential revenue to alleviate mass transit funding problems, ensuring that Manhattan traffic will remain slow and crowded. Read more.

  3. Budgets: Because the city has been flush with tax revenue, de Blasio has spent freely for four years, with no regard for budgeting. Read more.

“The best mayors have been brazen civic cheerleaders, and too often Mr. de Blasio seems aloof.”

The New York Times Editorial Board

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

De Blasio’s Welfare-Reform Reversal By Fred Siegel and Robert Doar (Spring 2015)

“New York’s mayor is undoing a landmark public-policy achievement.”

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