We have heard all about the “tale of two cities.” We have all seen what the last 12 years have done to our communities. We all know that if we don’t take a proactive approach to our destinies, then we will not have one. That is why we must go to the polls and vote for Bill de Blasio for mayor on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

De Blasio is the best chance we have for taking back our city, for making this city a safe place for our children to grow up in and to find their way in this world without being constantly under attack. We can’t live in a city where we are afraid of those who are sworn to protect us. We can’t live in a city where the number of homeless and hungry continues to grow every day.

We need jobs with sick leave, a decent living wage and a concerted push for income equality. We need schools that educate the whole child and do not leave so many behind, schools that prepare this generation for college and careers that can bring them out of the shadows of poverty. Most importantly, to achieve all these endeavors, we need a pre-K system that actually provides a full day of school so that parents can enroll their children at age 4, thereby giving them a leg up.

De Blasio has a good record on education. He wants to make a difference. He wants to make universal pre-K a reality. He wants to bring parents into the discussions on colocation. He wants to fight for the struggling schools, and he wants to fight for us.

In terms of public safety, de Blasio has seen firsthand the issues that bad policing bring. He is fighting for meaningful stop-and-frisk reform as well as making sure there is greater accountability on the part of the Police Department. He understands that community-police relations must be repaired so that communities can become safer places.

De Blasio understands the issues that New Yorkers face on a daily basis, and he is willing to fight every day of the week, every week of the month, every month of the year to ensure that this city can rise up again and be the bright, shiny apple it should be.  

This tale of two cities must start to become a tale with a common narrative, and the only way for that to start is to elect de Blasio as mayor of this city. That is why the New York Amsterdam News endorses Bill de Blasio for mayor and urges all of you to go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 and vote for him. New York’s future is in all of our hands.