Back to work, Bill: The challenges that await a (hopefully) newly engaged Mayor de Blasio
Added 09-20-19 11:25:02am EST - “It's too much to hope that Mayor de Blasio will return to his day job humbled after 127 groan-inducing days spent trying to convince national Democrats he was the answer to their presidential prayers. But we do expect fresh focus…” - Nydailynews.com
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It’s too much to hope that Mayor de Blasio will return to his day job humbled after 127 groan-inducing days spent trying to convince national Democrats he was the answer to their presidential prayers. But we do expect fresh focus on festering problems; his legacy and the city’s future hangs in the balance.
The economy is healthy for now, and crime continues trending down. On those two crucial scores, de Blasio has gotten and continues to get high marks.
New NYCHA CEO Greg Russ, who collects $402,628 a year, is on the clock, with a federal monitor rightly breathing down his neck, to fix roofs and elevators and boilers, abate lead and mold, and kill rats by the tens of thousands. De Blasio’s been disengaged for months. In the next two years and change, public housing as we know it either wheezes and enters into a death spiral or, through aggressive transformation, lives to see another generation.
Despite a shrinking population, violence is spiking at Rikers Island jail complex, while a necessary plan to replace the godforsaken complex with modern detention centers in four boroughs awaits an up or down vote in the City Council. De Blasio must answer legitimate concerns about a badly chosen Bronx site and convince legislators to move forward.
Pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up, and traffic enforcement is down, putting de Blasio’s Vision Zero at a crossroads.
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