Mayor de Blasio: How's he doing?
Stephon Johnson | 6/4/2015, midnight
“The Movement got rid of stop-and-frisk,” Jeffries said at a rally in Harlem last month. “What you’ve done, based on the actions of the Rev. [Al] Sharpton and activists and legislators and families and so many others who compelled, who pushed that federal court to declare stop-and-frisk unconstitutional, what you’ve done, you’ve implemented a federal court order. That’s all that happened.”
But de Blasio’s supporters are standing by him and praising the mayor for his vision for caring about groups that aren’t the financial and economic elite.
“Mayor de Blasio has been consistently following through on his campaign promise to address economic inequality and ensure New York is a place where working people can thrive,” said 1199SEIU President George Gresham to the AmNews. “From pre-K for all, paid sick days and affordable housing, to greater rights for immigrant New Yorkers, curtailing stop and frisk and supporting a living wage, Mayor de Blasio is showing the kind of bold, principled leadership that our city and our country desperately needs.”
Working Families Party State Director Bill Lipton chalked up some of the disapproval of de Blasio’s performance as mayor to the perception of who’s being catered to under his reign up to this point.
“New Yorkers came out to vote for Mayor de Blasio and a progressive City Council two years ago because they wanted our city to start working for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected,” Lipton told the AmNews. “And on issue after issue, working families have seen the mayor and the Council deliver. Whether it’s universal pre-K, expanding paid sick leave, guaranteeing a living wage for thousands more workers or ending the abuse of stop and frisk, the mayor has proven the naysayers wrong—and proven to everyone that it’s possible to govern this city for all New Yorkers, not just the 1 percent.”
At the beginning of his term, de Blasio’s first major public kerfuffle involved residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side complaining about snow plows not coming through their area fast enough. The story not only hit the New York Post but also made its way to “Channel 7 Eyewitness News.” Around the same time, the AmNews published a piece about the lack of snow plows making it harder for Bronx residents to get around, but the Bronx didn’t get as much attention as the neighborhood that some of the wealthiest New Yorkers call home.
The Rev. Michael Walrond Jr. of the First Corinthian Baptist Church (who called the AmNews unsolicited after hearing from the mayor’s office that we were working on a piece about his administration’s progress) said that de Blasio needs more time to implement his agenda and speculated on whether similar questions about the former mayor were raised by the media.
“I think it’s ironic that these questions are being raised and wonder if they were raised under Bloomberg,” Walrond told the AmNews. “Twelve years under Bloomberg, we had the highest rate of homelessness since the Great Depression. I think we have to measure him [de Blasio] against the promises and the progress towards things like universal pre-K. It shouldn’t be expected to be done in 18 months, but I think steps have been made.”