In the midst of numerous pressing crises, Mayor de Blasio suddenly jetted out of the city Thursday afternoon so that he could participate in anti-capitalist protests in Hamburg, Germany, where the G-20 meeting is being held. New Yorkers want to see some of their urgent concerns addressed—like the city’s crumbling infrastructure, especially in the subways. Rather than posturing on the global stage, the mayor ought to focus on the job that he was elected to do.
The Facts You Need to Know
War on Cops: The city is still reeling from the assassination of a police officer early Wednesday. Read more.
Off the Rails: Soon after the mayor’s plane took off, a train derailed as it entered Penn Station, which is undergoing significant track repair. Read more.
Homeless: Street homelessness has soared 40%, with no proposed solution in sight. Read more.
“Repeatedly throughout his term, the mayor has made bizarre missteps that betray a kind of myopic hubris, and an impervious density to public sentiment more stubborn than principled.”
The Past is Present
“The mayor’s strange political instincts have hurt him at times, but the generally good health of New York City has shielded him from harm.”
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“A plan to build a new passenger rail tunnel — and repair the existing one that’s now falling apart — will cost nearly $13 billion and could, perhaps, be completed in late 2026…”