“In the Wrong Hands”

The Story

Giving his annual State of the City address last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio made some fairly radical statements. Most notably, the mayor said that there is no shortage of money in New York City—it’s just “in the wrong hands.” De Blasio is clearly trying to establish himself as a national political player, and to do that, he seems to have decided to position himself on the far left of the Democratic Party. Yet his showy progressive rhetoric obscures a more pragmatic record.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Wall Street: Mayor de Blasio talks like a revolutionary, but thanks to the financial industry, his administration has managed to expand the city budget by 46%. Read more.

  2. Universal: The mayor promises to extend health care and vacation benefits to all city residents and workers, but a closer look at his proposal indicates that it’s mostly window dressing. Read more.

  3. Donors: Though he condemns the city’s “millionaires and billionaires,” de Blasio has been more than willing to take their campaign contributions. Read more.

“Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this city. It’s just in the wrong hands.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio

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The Past is Present

Mayor Blue Sky By Seth Barron (February 6, 2015)

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his State of the City speech… The address, along with various media follow-ups, demonstrated that his administration is focused almost exclusively on one thing: making New Yorkers understand how much Bill de Blasio cares.”

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“Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing the extension of mayoral control of city schools for an additional three years, the longest extension Mayor Bill de Blasio has received since he first took office in 2014.”