There are, I find, now five good reasons why local residents should not vote for Michael Bloomberg to become Mayor again.
He has raised our residential property taxes some 30% during the past 7 years, and is sure to raise them much more, if re-elected.
He manipulated the change to the “term limits” law so he could run again, and is certain to try to do it again in four years.
He has allowed the World Trade Center site to remain little more than a hole-in-the-ground, with no possibility of completing re-construction in time for the 10-year tragic anniversary.
He has destroyed what was good about local education, acting like a czar, and ignoring both experts and local residents.
He is now the wealthiest man in New York City, totally out-of-touch with ordinary citizens, treating us with little but contempt.
In summary, Bloomberg is the worst possible choice to be the next Mayor.
Who, then? With Anthony Weiner dropping out of the race, among the remaining announced candidates, I support local Councilman Tony Avella, the “anti-Bloomberg,” who understands the real people. Avella, unlike Bloomberg, has a long background in civic activism and remains in touch with ordinary working residents. He lives in a modest ranch house in our residential community, not a palatial apartment that Bloomberg wouldn’t leave, even for Gracie Mansion. Tony has not been “one of the boys” at City Hall, even to the point of being “punished by the City Council “leadership,” and even though he could now run again, a-la Bloomberg’s new “extension” of term limits from eight to twelve years, Tony is not running for his City Council seat again, since the voters have made it plain that eight years is enough for any city office, including the Mayor. Tony Avella, a man of the people, for New York City Mayor this November!