State of the City

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Mayor de Blasio announced a 10-point initiative to expand democracy and transparency in his recent State of the City address. But his proposals, as unobjectionable as they are, seem absurd coming from a scandal-tainted mayor who has been dogged by allegations of pay-to-play arrangements. Before launching a citywide reform campaign, de Blasio should begin rooting out questionable ethical practices in his own administration.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Sing, Singh, Sing: A major de Blasio donor — who received assistance from City Hall — pleaded guilty in federal court to bribing the mayor. Read more.

  2. Open: The mayor says he wants to extend openness regarding lobbyists’ business with elected officials, but he has stonewalled the public about his dealings with a group of high-powered consultants. Read more.

  3. Public: Though it has the nation’s most generous system of public campaign financing, New York City remains plagued by corruption, incumbency, and low voter turnout. Read more.

“I gave these donations to the elected official in exchange for efforts by that official and other city officials to obtain a lease renewal from the city agency for my restaurant on terms that were favorable to me.”

Harendra Singh, de Blasio donor

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

De Blasio the Bungler By Seth Barron (August 4, 2015)

“Mayor Bill de Blasio’s defeat last month in his fight to contain the rapid growth of ride-sharing company Uber is the latest in a series of stumbles that have rattled his administration.”

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“Ask around and you’ll discover that a sizable chunk of New York City’s millennial population flocked here from other states, hoping to take advantage of the career opportunities that the sprawling metro area has to offer.”