Civic City

The Story

Among five dozen races on the ballot in New York City’s November 7 election, only a few are competitive. Voter interest is low, in part because the city is essentially a one-party town, and also because of its corrupt, business-as-usual political culture. Civic life in New York City has reached a new low.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Access: A high-profile de Blasio donor says that he was granted immediate access to the mayor’s inner circle after ponying up $100,000 in contributions. Read more.

  2. Pay Up: After corruption investigations against him were dropped, Mayor de Blasio revoked an earlier promise and announced that he expected the city to pay his multimillion-dollar legal bill. Read more.

  3. Platform: De Blasio continues to seek national and international attention for himself, at the expense of his responsibilities at home. Read more.

“The mayor, currently running for a second term, is almost assured of another four years in office, so he presumably sees no reason to change the way he is doing things.”

Ginia Bellafante, New York Times

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The Past is Present

Civility for All By Myron Magnet (Autumn 1998)

“The quickest way to burnish Gotham’s quality of life is to enforce the laws against the uncivil behavior that also happens to be illegal.”

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“A nearly century-old law that turned New York bars into no-dancing zones, prevented singers like Billie Holiday and Ray Charles from performing and drew protest from Frank Sinatra, is finally set to be struck down.”