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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bill-de-blasio-poised-to-usher-in-new-era-of-liberal-governance-in-new-york/2013/11/05/db7d1c00-45b5-11e3-b6f8-3782ff6cb769_story.html

NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio campaigned for mayor here as a proud progressive. The Democrat called for raising taxes on the rich and expanding affordable housing for the poor. He ran against the city’s establishment with “a tale of two cities” theme: The moneyed Manhattan elite have had their mayor, de Blasio argued, and the 46 percent of New Yorkers living at or near the poverty level need one of their own.

If, as is widely expected, de Blasio cruises to a landslide victory in Tuesday’s city election, he will usher in a new era of activist liberal governance in the nation’s largest city.

But de Blasio, who would be sworn in on Jan. 1 if he wins, will face a series of immediate challenges as he takes charge of a city government with some 300,000 employees, a $70 billion budget and a dizzying web of intersecting interests.

The new mayor will need to negotiate several city labor contracts that are due for renewal and overhaul the leadership of city agencies, beginning with the New York Police Department, which he has sharply criticized for the anti-crime policy known as “stop and frisk.” He also will encounter serious obstacles to his tax policy agenda beyond the borders of his overwhelmingly Democratic city, including potential opposition from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The de Blasio administration would become a laboratory for modern progressivism — a test of whether an anti-establishment activist can effectively manage a sprawling municipal government and whether his policy prescriptions can actually lessen growing inequality between the rich and the poor.

“Throughout this campaign I have said we are living a tale of two cities,” de Blasio said at a Monday rally in a Queens housing complex. “It’s a reality we all see with our eyes. We know that some people are doing well in this town and most people are struggling. And it is our mission, it is our sacred obligation, to lift their burden in any way we can.”

Despite New York’s overwhelmingly liberal tilt, de Blasio is poised to become New York’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years. He will follow the three-term reign of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, and Rudy Giuliani, a law-and-order Republican who led the city as it recovered from the 9/11 attacks.

Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate, has run as a continuation of the Bloomberg years while attacking de Blasio as a leftist, anti-police extremist. The New York Post featured de Blasio on its front page Monday above the headline, “Back to the USSR!” — a reference to a student trip by de Blasio to the Soviet Union 30 years ago.

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Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York

New????
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Oh yeah.  This guy isn't just a liberal, he is an open and avowed Marxist.
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Oh yeah...he has run specifically on bringing in a new era of Progressive values to NYC.  Essentially, Occupy New York is now the Mayor....


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He ran against the city’s establishment with “a tale of two cities” theme: The moneyed Manhattan elite have had their mayor, de Blasio argued, and the 46 percent of New Yorkers living at or near the poverty level need one of their own.

A social construct created by Liberals starting way back with La Guardia and gaining momentum since then.

These idiots in Liberal NYC deserve the guy and whatever ills he brings with him.
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I was in NYC last year and it amazed me that I didn't encounter one bum panhandler.  You can't go to Chicago without being harassed by bums.

The Sun Times has a section called "Homicide Report" since there are about 8 murders a day in Chicago. 

Well NYC by electing a commie who makes Nanny Bloomberg look like a Ted Cruz, you are going to become the new Chicago.

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or Detroit. I guess they don't remember that Dinkins idiot there - agree that the jackboot Bloomberg is far to the right of this new guy. Another former great America city committing suicide.

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Kudos to my old friend Bill de Blasio on his huge win, and to his media man, John Del Cecato, whose brilliant ads helped pave the way.
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I was in NYC last year and it amazed me that I didn't encounter one bum panhandler.  You can't go to Chicago without being harassed by bums.

The Sun Times has a section called "Homicide Report" since there are about 8 murders a day in Chicago. 

Well NYC by electing a commie who makes Nanny Bloomberg look like a Ted Cruz, you are going to become the new Chicago.

Nah, it'll just be an obscene version of Back to the Future:  NYC will shortly be returning to the "heyday" of the 1970s.

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2013, 10:02:39 PM »
Please, some of us have to live here.

Come out to LI, the water's a little more bearable out here.

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2013, 10:04:35 PM »
[[ Please, some of us have to live here. ]]

Off-topic, but if one has the skills to earn a living in New York City, one can do as well or better elsewhere.

Why not get out while the gettin's good?

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2013, 10:11:38 PM »
[[ Please, some of us have to live here. ]]

Off-topic, but if one has the skills to earn a living in New York City, one can do as well or better elsewhere.

Why not get out while the gettin's good?

One can even continue to earn that living in NYC while enjoying the fruits of that earning elsewhere, and without paying NYC income taxes.  For the $242 price of a monthly LIRR ticket I get to NYC in 35 minutes, do my thing, and get back out to my relatively tax-free home in Nassau County.  12 * $242 = $2,904, which is less than the $3k or so I paid in NYC tax last year, and last year was a really bad one income-wise.

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2013, 10:33:23 PM »
Charles C. W. Cooke ‏@charlescwcooke 32m

I just looked out of the window of my New York City apartment, and . . . pic.twitter.com/jRzISNuACl

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2013, 11:02:11 PM »
look who is very, very happy tonight...........

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Bill de Blasio: "Tackling inequality isn't easy. Never has been, never will be." Don't think I ever heard that in a victory speech.
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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2013, 11:11:29 PM »
and this is winning in New York
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Casino proposition: NY voters hold the cards
The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel opened in 2004 on Indian land in Salamanca, N.Y. If Proposition 1 is approved by New York voters on Tuesday, seven Las Vegas-style casinos would be allowed on non-Indian land in the state. AP photo

By Michael Gormley, Associated Press

Posted: 11/04/13, 3:44 PM EST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

ALBANY >> Following months of debate over the benefits of expanded gambling and the rewording of a ballot proposition, voters on Tuesday will decide whether New York state should have seven Las Vegas-style casinos.

Two casinos would be in the Catskills/Mid-Hudson Valley, one would be in the Southern Tier near Binghamton and another in the Saratoga Springs-Albany area if Proposition 1 is approved. A New York City casino would be built in seven years, though some casino operators say the law could allow for a New York City casino sooner.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t allow specific sites to be chosen, saying that will be up to the casino developers. His budget office says the state will take in $430 million in new casino revenue, with $238 million for education in a repeat of the strategy that approved lottery games. The rest would go to communities near casinos to compensate for public safety and social costs and for tax reduction.

Boosters held news conferences statewide touting bipartisan support by local government officials.

“When you’re at 18 percent unemployment, you’ve lost your industry, the housing market has really taken a hit around here, the potential of 1,500 jobs — it can be a game changer,” town of Wawarsing Supervisor Scott Carlsen told The Associated Press in an interview.

Wawarsing is home to the former Nevele hotel, the new owner of which hopes to have a casino.

The latest Siena College-New York Times poll shows the pro-casino efforts appear to have paid off. After New Yorkers have spent years split over the notion of expanding casino gambling, the poll released a week ago found 60 percent of New York City voters — who are expected to dominate Tuesday’s turnout — support the question. However, in that poll they were still split over whether voters wanted a casino in New York City, which would be authorized in Tuesday’s referendum.

Critics — including good-government groups, the state Conservative Party and the state’s Catholic bishops — argue that Cuomo’s estimates of benefits are inflated and that the social cost to families and communities will be profound. They also criticized what they called the referendum’s unusually rosy, one-side view of casinos.

Opponents have little money to combat the multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns of a powerful mix of business, gambling and union interests. And Cuomo had sidelined much of the expected opposition.

He assured Native American tribes they wouldn’t face nearby competition to their five casinos now operating under federal law. Cuomo also assured no competition to horse racing centers with video slot machines and gave them a chance to pursue casinos. The state Board of Elections also moved the casino referendum to the advantageous top spot on the ballot.

If voters reject casino gambling, the law will automatically allow more video slot machine centers.

Supporters say casinos will recapture more than $1 billion a year now spent at casinos out of state.

“Proposal No. 1 would start to bring that money back to New York and create over 10,000 good-paying new jobs in New York state,” states one of the statewide TV ads paid for by the NY Jobs Now Committee and featuring a hard-hatted everyman.

The key may be in the referendum’s wording.

The Cuomo administration rewrote the referendum from the straightforward form submitted by the Attorney General’s Office. The Board of Elections added disputed promises that casinos would bring more school aid, jobs and tax breaks, without mentioning the opponents’ concerns about crime, addiction or the declining casino market that has forced some states to subsidize casinos.

An October Siena College poll tested the impact of the rewording. Voters statewide were split on casino gambling in general. But when shown the promises in the rewording, approval reached 55 percent for the first time.

State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long called the casino effort “the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the taxpayers of the state of New York,” while The New York Times called the rewording “advocacy, pure and simple.”

The critical wording was unsuccessfully challenged in court by Brooklyn lawyer Eric Snyder. The state Board of Elections won on a technicality that Snyder didn’t file his lawsuit by the Aug. 19 deadline, although the state didn’t post the rosy wording until Aug. 21. Powerful Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco is pushing a bill to prohibit rewording.

“I hope the voters send the Board of Elections the message that it’s wrong to stack the deck,” Snyder said.
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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2013, 06:22:40 AM »
look who is very, very happy tonight...........

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Bill de Blasio: "Tackling inequality isn't easy. Never has been, never will be." Don't think I ever heard that in a victory speech.
Retweeted by Donna Brazile

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2013, 08:53:27 AM »
Keepin' it classy


...  To emphasize his progressive message, de Blasio walked onto the stage to the pop song “Royals.”

The No. 1 hit, by the 16-year-old singer Lorde, has a strong message of class consciousness that many listeners took to be a slap at the current billionaire mayor, if not all wealthy New Yorkers, upon whom de Blasio has vowed to raise taxes.

“And we’ll never be royals/It don’t run in our blood/That kind of lux just ain’t for us/We crave a different kind of buzz,” goes the chorus to the song.

He later celebrated with a victory dance (of sorts) dubbed ‘The Smackdown’ with this family. The de Blasios have whipped out the boogie routine several times before, including on winning the Democratic primary and at the September West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn. ...

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2013, 09:04:07 AM »
Michael Goodwin, New York Post:
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Maybe the gods have a puckish sense of humor, or maybe they are telegraphing the trouble ahead. Either way, it cannot be mere coincidence that Barack Obama’s namesake experiment in left-wing social engineering is crashing just as New Yorkers are poised to crown an ideological soul mate.

“Don’t do it, don’t go there,” is the only rational response to the prospect of a Mayor de Blasio just as the ObamaCare debacle comes into view. But the race for City Hall proves that elections are not always exercises in rational thinking.

If they were, this contest would have started and ended on how New York could continue its 20-year run of remarkable progress on public safety and prosperity. Instead, voters signaled they preferred the candidate who vowed to dismantle the gains and redistribute the fruits. Backwards, march!

Sex sells beer and newspapers, but class warfare is going like hot cakes in Democratic politics. Preaching unity while practicing division is hardly a new idea, but there is no denying that the old trick is on a new winning streak.

Consider that New Yorkers are buying a pitch almost identical to the one they bought last year, with striking similarities between the president and mayor-in-waiting.

Obama and de Blasio are red-diaper babies whose fathers disappeared, and both have biracial families. Both changed their names and expressed enduring interest in anti-American radicals — Obama learned from Bill Ayres and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, while de Blasio cheered the Sandinistas and Fidel Castro.

They became community organizers before entering elective politics, where they were undistinguished until riding vague promises of change to the top of the heap.

Their triumphs testify to their talents and persistence. But it is no accident that de Blasio became a copycat of Obama, who has redefined liberalism, and not for the better.

Under Obama, Dems have moved so far left that Bill and Hillary Clinton were caught off guard, their center-left orientation leaving them dust-covered relics. Oddly, de Blasio started out in the Clinton clan — he worked for Bubba and helped run Hillary’s 2000 Senate campaign — but adopted the Obama Way after the president topped 80 percent in the city in 2008 and 2012.

De Blasio’s direct appeals to racial and ethnic minorities, the unemployed, white women, the young and unions are straight out of the president’s playbook. So, too, are his scorn for those not charmed by calls for tax hikes; they also share the moralizing habit of denouncing big spending by opponents while embracing it among supporters.

Most troubling, neither Obama nor de Blasio had a whit of management experience before being entrusted with government power and huge bureaucracies. And neither had the wisdom to realize that shooting for the moon to remake a mature, complex society ends up leaving most people worse off, especially those they purport to be helping.

It has taken nearly five years for a majority of Americans to smell it, but the stench of failure surrounding Obama’s radical ideas is unmistakable. His health-care law’s inherent flaws are being revealed, adding to the crisis of incomes and labor participation. Many “ObamaCare losers” will not find a doctor, even if they find insurance.

National security is slipping, too, with our enemies emboldened and our friends alarmed at his abdication of global leadership. Most Americans now say we will become a second-rate power sooner rather than later.

Many New Yorkers fear de Blasio’s utopian schemes will have the same effect here, that he will wreak havoc on finances and the economy and jeopardize the record-low crime levels.

It all begins with the NYPD. If de Blasio handcuffs cops, the inevitable crime spike will claim the lives of more black and Latino young men. If the spike becomes the new normal, families and businesses will look for safer pastures, and the city’s death spiral will have begun.

He will react by freezing prices — rents, for example — and slap more controls on businesses in terms of pay and benefits. Each step will be popular with his base but ultimately fail to help because the laws of economics and human nature are immutable. That is the lesson of Cuba he didn’t learn.

Admittedly, this sounds like a worst-case scenario, but there is no way de Blasio can keep his promises and also keep the city moving forward. He was resolute in vowing to turn the page on the last 20 years, and the consequences of that mistake will, sooner or later, be felt by every New Yorker.

Those counting on his pledge to fix the “affordability” crisis will be especially disappointed because much of the price burden is the trickle-down result of the high cost of government. Everything de Blasio wants to do will only increase that burden.

Naturally, there will be winners. Business titans willing to pay tribute will be rewarded with favors, proving again that cronyism lives when capitalism dies.

Then there are the unions. Their push for retroactive pay is so unreasonable that it could be the first big test. A capitulation will signal weakness and open the door to endless demands for more, more, more.

Don’t be surprised. Just remember, you’ve been warned that de Blasio will do for New York what Obama is doing for America.

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2013, 09:10:28 AM »
It's what Americans want.

We are officially a minority, with no protection. Quite the opposite, our mere existence is reason enough for liberals to blame all ills, all failures on us.

We are watching an epic tragedy play out before us.

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2013, 09:19:32 AM »
It's what Americans want.

We are officially a minority, with no protection. Quite the opposite, our mere existence is reason enough for liberals to blame all ills, all failures on us.

We are watching an epic tragedy play out before us.

It does often appear that human beings are compelled by their nature to hit rock bottom before realizing they've taken a bad turn.
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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2013, 06:50:26 PM »
Why NYC deserves whatever happens to it: after the president topped 80 percent in the city in 2008 and 2012.
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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2013, 08:39:46 PM »
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Ray Kelly in talks for JPMorgan job


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He’s outta here!

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is in advanced talks to take the top security job at JPMorgan Chase Inc. – and he may leave his current post before Bill De Blasio is sworn in, The Post has learned.

De Blasio, a sharp critic of Kelly’s stop-and-frisk policy, was widely expected to name a different top cop.

Kelly’s potential position with JPMorgan Chase would make him responsible for security at the giant financial firm, with emphasis on cyber-security, people familiar with the ongoing talks said.

Kelly’s new job could come with a seven-figure package of salary and bonuses.


http://nypost.com/2013/11/06/ray-kelly-in-talks-for-jpmorgan-job/

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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2013, 09:02:04 PM »
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Two predictions prior to the outset:

!. Tax revenues to the city will decrease as a result of his actions and

2. The number of taxpayers residing in the city will be lower as well.
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Re: Bill de Blasio poised to usher in new era of liberal governance in New York
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2013, 09:17:02 PM »
This is the sort of thing that happens in a Batman movie immediately before the hooligans begin deconstructing the city piece by piece as the police shrug their shoulders and housewives cower behind locked doors.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.


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