The election for Mayor of New York City is being held today. Bill de Blasio is running for a second term and facing off against his Republican challenger, Nicole Malliotakis, and Independent candidate, Bo Dietl.
The below are the reasons I do not support De Blasio’s re-election for NYC mayor:
He is corrupt
He called Mayor Bill de Blasio’s personal cellphone once a week. He coordinated straw donations to circumvent campaign finance caps. He asked the police to shut down one lane of the Lincoln Tunnel to clear the way for his boss’s car, because, he recalled, that was going to earn him “a lot of points.”
In a flat, matter-of-fact tone, Jona S. Rechnitz, a wealthy real estate developer, laid out in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday his account of how he paid his way into the city’s political and law enforcement circles, in exchange for favors for himself, his friends and his business interests.
Ostensibly, Mr. Rechnitz was in court as the government’s star witness in its case against Norman Seabrook, the former head of the city’s correction officers’ union, who is accused of steering millions of dollars of officers’ retirement funds into a hedge fund in exchange for promised kickbacks. But Mr. Seabrook’s name surfaced only in the last few minutes of Mr. Rechnitz’s hour on the witness stand.
Instead, the majority of the highly anticipated testimony revolved around detailing how Mr. Rechnitz, a Beverly Hills transplant from an influential real estate family, channeled his wealth into securing access to the people whom he called the movers and shakers of New York City. In addition to his involvement in Mr. Seabrook’s trial, Mr. Rechnitz, 34, was entangled in several other recent corruption probes: federal and state investigations into whether Mr. de Blasio doled out favors for donors, and a federal case against three city police officers accused of accepting bribes.
The big-bucks bundlers, on the other hand — who raised up to $236,425 for de Blasio’s mayoral run — wound up with something to show for it far beyond the joy of backing a winning candidate.
Some of those bundlers wound up with appointments to various political committees, like lawyer Jay Eisenhofer and Broadway Stages CEO Gina Argento, whose husband has charged she was pressured to donate and raise money.
But four of de Blasio’s top 10 bundlers were lobbyists and advocates for the taxi industry and got private sitdowns from the new mayor, who then pushed a crackdown on Uber and other app-based ride-hail companies that compete with yellow cabs.
Another was the mayor’s cousin, the co-founder of a hotel workers union that has been aided by a similar de Blasio crackdown on Airbnb apartment rentals.
Yet another big bundler, Charles Hocking, got the most obvious favor: $146 million in city contracts for his engineering firm since de Blasio took office.
None of this comes as any surprise. It’s been obvious since Day One that donors and power brokers like the mayor’s “agents of the city” call the shots at City Hall.
He is against property rights
What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.
He has ignored repeated warnings of potential terrorism in NYC
“About #NYC terrorist attack, I personally sent letters to Mayor De Blasio online & in person about terrorist breeding in NYC.He did nothing. In 2016, I told Mayor De Blasio that I was in NYC and noticed some hot radical centres. I was willing to point out serious cases. Ignored! Not only am I a Muslim Imam who understands the threat of Islamic Extremism, I also hold a certificate in counter-terrorism. Now what!?,” said Imam Tawhidi in a series following the Manhattan terror attack.
He openly supported a communist terrorist
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio says he will march behind Oscar López Rivera, the convicted Puerto Rican terrorist who served 35 years in prison before President Obama commuted his sentence. Organizers of the parade, to be held June 11 on Fifth Avenue, say that not only will López Rivera lead it, but he will in a sense be designated the hero of the entire history of the celebration: He’ll be granted the title of “National Freedom Hero,” a designation never before bestowed on anyone.
López Rivera, an admitted leader of the 1970s Marxist terror group FALN, which sought independence for Puerto Rico under Communist leadership, was in 1981 sentenced to 55 years in prison, later increased to 70 as punishment for an escape attempt. After being arrested with six pounds of dynamite in his Chicago apartment and declaring at trial, “I am an enemy of the United States government,” he served a bit more than half of his sentence before Obama released him. Puerto Ricans have repeatedly voted against independence in a series of referenda, so López Rivera’s terrorist career amounted to killing innocent civilians — FALN carried out more than 100 bombings, including one at Manhattan’s landmark Fraunces Tavern in 1975 that killed four — to pursue a political goal not supported even by his fellow Puerto Ricans.