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Get a grip, Bill
The new mayor has much to learn
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, March 21, 2014
With high hopes, New Yorkers look forward to watching a new mayor rise to the challenge of running America’s largest city. Their message as Bill de Blasio finishes a third month in office: Uh-oh.
Polls since January have indicated a growing and understandable uneasiness with the mayor’s record, with the most recent survey showing sharp disagreement with policies that he made central to his agenda.
De Blasio’s declining job approval rating (53% in January, 45% in March) and his rising disapproval mark (13% in January, 34% in March) are hardly attributable to one-off rookie blunders. Those happen; people understand.
Instead, the mayor is suffering from a combination of managerial disorganization, ideological decision-making and political misjudgments that, left to fester, would sap his long-term effectiveness. Hopefully, he sees the need to recalibrate substantially.
There are positives at this early stock-taking. Crime has fallen. Commissioner Bill Bratton has the public’s confidence, according to the Quinnipiac poll. And de Blasio’s first financial plan prudently reflected the serious budget dilemma he faces.
That said, after 11 weeks in office, the mayor has failed to appoint key commissioners. His penchant for running behind schedule has added to the impression of a less-than-efficient administration. And will he ever move into Gracie Mansion?
More seriously, when de Blasio did focus, he emerged worse off than before he started.
Although providing universal pre-kindergarten is a winner of an idea (86% support), the landslide election victor wildly presumed that Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature would genuflect and agree to raise $500 million in annual taxes on the wealthy — never mind that he had no plan for executing the program by September.
After Cuomo shot down the tax but committed to provide state funding for every 4-year-old de Blasio put in a seat, the mayor stridently insisted he knew better, leading fairly to the conclusion that he was fighting first and foremost to tax the rich.
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