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de Blasio also had a few things to say about New York City's Housing Authority:Bill de Blasio vowed Wednesday to overhaul how children are chosen for New York City’s elite public high schools, saying the high-stakes admissions test should no longer be the only factor in the selection process.
Tackling an emotional issue for parents and schoolchildren across the city, the Democratic mayoral nominee blamed the reliance on the test for creating schools that he said did not reflect the city’s diversity.
Using the grueling two-hour test as the only basis for admissions creates a “rich-get-richer phenomenon,” because wealthy parents can afford expensive test preparations for their children, he said in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily News Editorial Board.
Although more than half of the city’s residents are black or Latino, just 12% of the students at the elite high schools — which include Stuyvesant High School, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech — were black or Latino last year.
And that was down from 14% the previous year.
“These schools are the academies for the next generation of leadership in all sectors of the city, and they have to reflect the city better,” de Blasio said. - New York Daily News, 10/10/13
And here's the latest ridiculous attack against de Blasio:New York mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio ripped the “fundamental problem of management” at New York City Housing Authority on Wednesday and vowed to clean house if he’s elected.
In a sitdown with the Daily News Editorial Board, de Blasio blasted Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who he said has ignored scandalous conditions NYCHA’s 600,000 tenants have endured for most of the mayor’s 12 years in office.
“At minimum, as a way forward, there should be a mayoral-control mindset vis-à-vis public housing,” he said. “We’re going to have to rework the operational approach at NYCHA.”
First on his list is getting rid of NYCHA Chairman John Rhea, the former Lehman Brothers investment banker who had no public sector experience before Bloomberg appointed him in 2009.
“John Rhea was not the right person. He did not have background in running an agency like that,” de Blasio said. He promised to replace Rhea with “someone who has been deeply involved in housing issues in the public sector.” - New York Daily News, 10/10/13
But don't worry, de Blasio is still kicking ass in the polls:In an opinion piece published in this weekend’s edition of Hamodia, a prominent New York City-based Jewish newspaper, a writer compared the Democratic mayoral hopeful’s support for the leftist Sandinista movement to being a “Nazi sympathizer.”
“Imagine if an unrepentant Nazi Party sympathizer would be running for mayor of New York,” the writer, Dovid Margolin, theorized in his piece. “A product of the ideology that destroyed 25 million people within reach of City Hall would be unthinkable. Yet Bill de Blasio, a Marxist who has never repudiated those beliefs, will very likely be this city’s next mayor.”
Mr. Margolin was lashing out at Mr. de Blasio for participating in Nicaraguan revolutionary politics in his youth and for not formally denouncing the Sandinista regime opposed by the United States at the time. Mr. de Blasio also reportedly once described his political views as “democratic socialism” and frequently uses populist rhetoric while discussing growing income inequality across the five boroughs. - Politicker, 10/9/13
By the way, Lhota's been trying to pitch himself to the voters as a progressive:De Blasio, the city's public advocate, outpolled Lhota 67 percent to 23 percent among likely voters in the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday. Two percent of likely voters supported Independence Party nominee Adolfo Carrion and 1 percent backed another candidate. Seven percent of likely voters surveyed said they were undecided.
"It’s about as lopsided as you can envision," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
A majority of New York City voters wants a break from Mayor Bloomberg, with 66 percent of registered voters saying they want the city to move in a different direction, while 29 percent want his policies to continue.
According to the poll, most New Yorkers believe de Blasio is the man to bring about that change. His commanding lead has held steady since the September primary -- Marist's first general-election poll in mid-September showed de Blasio with a 43-point advantage. - NBC New York, 10/10/13
But he's also still trying to appeal to his Tea Party base:But Mr. Lhota, who is now trailing Mr. de Blasio by a dominating 50 points in the polls, seemed to take a page from his opponent’s playbook, later describing himself as the race’s true progressive–at least when it comes to education–thanks to his support for charter schools.
“If you oppose charter schools and the programs and the opportunities that are available for minorities and inner city children, children of immigrants, you cannot call yourself a progressive,” Mr. Lhota told the crowd gathered in a Midtown hotel ballroom. “There is nothing more progressive in education reform today than the charter school movement throughout the United States.”
While Mr. de Basio has raised skepticism about privately run charter schools that share space in traditional public school buildings, Mr. Lhota accused the Democrat of turning “a blind eye” to many of the schools’ promising results and proposing “policies that I believe will end charter schools in the city.”
The GOP canddiate went on to argue that, other than his program to fund universal pre-K by taxing the rich, Mr. de Blasio’s education plans are far from ambitious. “My opponent is unfortunately for the same, status quo system that I believe is failing our children,” he said. “Extreme positions like this on education–it’s not progress.”
While Mr. Lhota announced a plan to allow people on public assistance to count time spent taking online courses toward work requirements, he spent most of his speech in trying to contrast himself with Mr. de Blasio using similarly critical lines. - Politicker, 10/8/13
By the way, this is a really sweet story about how de Blasio fell in love with his wife:Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota thinks New York City's gun control laws can amount to the "harassment"of gun owners.
"The city of New York, though, goes to an extreme with their-- bureaucracy is not even strong enough of a word--it's almost a level of harassment at a certain point, and it needs to change," Lhota said to a group of Staten Island Tea Party Republicans in April, as seen in video of the speech recently obtained by NY1. "There's something that should be fair and speedy about being able to get a gun permit," Lhota added.
Lhota's previously characterized the Tea Party event as a "huge, verbally violent discussion of gun control and what it means to New York City." - Huffington Post, 10/8/13
Very sweet. The election is November 5th. If you would like to donate to or get involved with de Blasio's campaign, you can do so here:But this morning, during an appearance on W Radio, host Julio Sanchez Cristo asked Mr. de Blasio something new: whether he remembered any poems written by his wife, Chirlane McCray, whom he met while working for former Mayor David Dinkins. Ms. McCray, a former speechwriter and activist who is expected to play a prominent role in a hypothetical de Blasio administration, has penned numerous poems and essays. But Mr. de Blasio revealed that one–a “very, very powerful poem” entitled “I Used to Think”–was one of the reasons he fell for her.
As Mr. de Blasio explained, “It’s about the way she perceived herself growing up as a young African-American girl in a racist society. And it’s a very painful and challenging poem, but very beautiful.”
In the poem, Ms. McCray describes herself as “a Black girl/a nappy-headed, no-haired/fat-lipped/big-bottomed Black girl” who “used to run home crying/that I wanted to be light like my sisters.”
“I love her so deeply, and one of the things I love is that she, despite the difficulties she went through, is such a positive and hopeful person and such a creative person. And so that poem really was one of the things that made me fall in love with her,” Mr. de Blasio told the host. - Politicker, 10/9/13