Mayor Electric?

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Following repeated interruptions in electrical service, public officials have blasted Con Edison for its failings. Mayor de Blasio has demanded reforms and suggested that the city take over the utility and control power transmission. No one likes it when the power goes out in the summertime, but putting de Blasio at the switch doesn’t sound like a solution.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Streets: The mayor’s mismanagement of city streets doesn’t inspire confidence that he would capably run Con Edison. Read more.

  2. Housing: NYCHA, a public agency, has failed to perform basic maintenance of its physical plant and misallocated billions of dollars in funding. Read more.

  3. LIPA: Long Island’s public power authority was forced to hire a private utility to manage its electrical infrastructure after it proved incapable of doing so effectively. Read more.

“I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too.”

Mayor de Blasio

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“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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“Gov. Andrew Cuomo attacks Metropolitan Transportation Authority contractors for profiting from the agency. But he relies on some of the same firms for major campaign cash.”