Missing Mayor

The Story

New Yorkers were taken aback at the news that Mayor de Blasio had still not yet met with Andy Byford, head of the MTA, six months after Byford assumed leadership. But more shocking than that was de Blasio’s flippancy about the topic. When told that Byford found it a “bit weird” that they hadn’t met, the mayor shrugged, saying that he’s not in charge of the subways. “I’m going to put my focus on the things I can control,” he said. It’s true that de Blasio doesn’t run the MTA, but New Yorkers deserve a mayor who will focus on the things that matter to them–and the state of the subways and buses is near the top of that list. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Mexico: Mayor de Blasio has no control over federal detention facilities near the Mexican border, but he made a trip to inspect them. Read more.

  2. Climate: The mayor has little to no control over climate change, yet he has made combating it a priority of his administration. Read more.

  3. NYCHA: The mayor does control the New York City Housing Authority — and NYCHA is in full-blown crisis. Read more.

“It’s true the mayor doesn’t run the subways — but his constituents’ jobs depend on them, and he should have welcomed Byford to Gotham months ago.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Savior of the Subways By Nicole Gelinas (October 23, 2014)

“As New York’s first MTA chairman, William Ronan helped start the city on its remarkable turnaround.”

Featured Podcast

Tune in to City Journal‘s 10 Blocks Podcast
How Subways Drive New York
with Nicole Gelinas and Seth Barron

LISTEN

And in other news...

“New York City is consolidating its system of rental subsidies after four years of complaints from landlords wary of accepting vouchers and homeless people who have tried to use the vouchers to move out of shelters.”