As one of Councilman Rory Lancman's constituents and a career journalist, I oppose his plan to improve New York City's news coverage through taxpayer-funded media.
These new outlets will become “De Blasio's Daily Bulletin” or “Bill's Broadcast News.” We'll get puff pieces on our mayor's achievements, which he claims many New Yorkers don't appreciate, and a total avoidance of anything he regards as "off topic," just like his contentious press conferences.
Lancman blames poor coverage of the Mayor's office and City Council for a record low election turnout on November 7. But maybe the media's reporting of poor performance by both the mayor and City Council caused nearly 80 percent of eligible voters to stay home.
City Council members voted themselves a 32 percent raise last year. What have they done to earn it?
Lancman failed to restore P.S 164's polling site that's been closed for five years. Lefrak City voters got their polling place back in November after it was
closed for less than two months. What's his excuse?
Local weekly newspapers like the Queens Ledger/Brooklyn Star do a great job of covering news in their readership areas.
Lancman compared his idea to public funding of PBS and NPR, called for "a tote bag in every pot." This is one pot taxpayers should avoid at all costs.
Kew Gardens Hills