De Blasio should end presidential bid
Sep 03, 2019 | 6580 views | 0 0 comments | 771 771 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Back in February, when Mayor Bill de Blasio was still “not ruling out” a quixotic bid for the White House in 2020, we advised that he stay home to focus on issues affecting New Yorkers.

Six months later, not much has changed –– except for the mayor’s to-do list.

After a half -year of campaigning, de Blasio is still stuck at 1 percent in most of the Democratic primary polls.

He’s been outflanked on the left by policy heavyweights like Elizabeth Warren and the superstar appeal of Bernie Sanders.

His fundraising efforts have been futile, and he didn’t garner enough individual contributions to qualify for the third Democratic debate.

The prospect of not being on the debate stage scared Senator Kirsten Gillibrand enough to drop out. For some odd reason, de Blasio hasn’t done the same.

But he should. This vanity project that he calls a presidential campaign should come swiftly to an end, so he can concentrate on the myriad of crises in the Big Apple.

As of August 27, there are still nearly 59,000 New Yorkers living in homeless shelters, including more than 21,000 children. Despite the new rent laws, affordability is still a top issue among New Yorkers.

Our public housing stock remains in disrepair. The recently appointed federal monitor and new NYCHA chairman have a lot of work to do to get it right.

De Blasio still needs to address concerns about opening new jails in our neighborhoods as the deadline for closing Rikers Island approaches.

On education, the mayor should decide soon on what to make of the recommendations from a panel to desegregate public schools. Replacing gifted and talented programs with an enrichment model would take years to implement.

With so much left to accomplish in New York, de Blasio only has one move: drop out of the 2020 race.
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