Back to Work

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His adventure on the national political scene now over, Mayor de Blasio returns to his humble post as New York City’s chief executive. His inattention to local matters appears to have had negative effects on the city’s well-being, with many important indicators showing that progress has stalled, or even reversed. It’s not too late for the mayor to get down to work.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Guns: Gun arrests are down–but shootings are up. Read more.

  2. Streets: Pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up, suggesting that Vision Zero’s momentum has stalled. Read more.

  3. Homeless: The number of people entering homeless shelters continues to rise. Read more.

“In ending his presidential bid last week, de Blasio promised to ‘redouble my efforts to improve the quality of life of everyday New Yorkers.’ He’s got a lot of work to do—just to make up for the past few months.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

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 this week after his first full year on the job. “

And in other news...

“Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members raised concerns Monday about a funding imbalance between two of the nation’s busiest commuter railroads in the agency’s proposed $55 billion five-year spending plan.”