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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:38 PM

Left turn ahead for mayor's office (NYC)

Crain's New York Business:

In 1985, AIDS and crack were taking hold in the city and the Mets were on the rise. It was also the last time New Yorkers voted for mayor without a viable non-Democratic option.

Four years later, Rudy Giuliani lost a close race to David Dinkins, ushering in a 20-year stretch of hotly contested general elections for mayor. That's almost certain to change next year. With no Republican or independent contender in sight, it's becoming more probable by the day that the Democratic primary will determine who takes office in 2014.

That scenario has produced trepidation in a business community concerned that its issues will be ignored, and among good government groups that are worried that a portion of the electorate will be shut out. It's left business leaders wondering what the city will look like under a mayor more concerned with economic inequality than growth, and forced them to consider a world of scaled-back policing and mandated paid sick days and living-wage jobs. How the next mayor handles crime, education, government efficiency, taxation and housing are all causes of unease.

Said one real estate executive, “The definition of 2013 apprehension: Is Michael Mulgrew picking the next schools chancellor and setting education policy?”


My concern is that, while the Democrats hold a massive lead in voters, they'll squander their majority -- as they for the last 20 years -- fragmenting into ethnic, geographic and ideologoical subgroups, each pushing a seperate candidate until the last possible minute, and then finding it impossible to unify the Party around the eventual winner.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:51 PM

1. It it time to look beyond "growth" which is benefiting only those at the top.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:51 PM

2. I would think economic inequality would inhibit growth

and argue that more living wage jobs lead to a healthier economy and healthier businesses.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 03:29 PM

3. I've always said that Rudy Giuliani benefitted from tragedy - the death of Gavin Cato and it's

aftermath helped him in 1993 and 9/11 enhanced his reputation in 2001. Bloomberg won in 2001 in part because so many Hispanics stayed at home because their candidate lost in the primary. And Bloomberg was helpd in 2009 because Christine Quinn and others overturned the voters' term limits votes. I just hope that Quinn doesn't win the nomination next year.

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Response to libinnyandia (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 03:49 PM

4. ...but not why he got re-elected.

He won again in 1997 because the Democrats couldn't come up with somebody better than Maanhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:30 PM

5. Actually I liked Ruth Messinger but too many people believed the lies that Rudy had saved NYC.

I never cared for Giluilani but enough bought his lies.

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Response to libinnyandia (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 05:09 PM

6. ...versus what inspiring message from Messinger?

She was an old school Upper West Side liberal who had no appeal among the Black, Hispanic and Asian communities, or in the more conservative (but still Democratic) outer-borough Whites.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 05:25 PM

8. Those damn upper west side liberals.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 05:18 PM

7. I do pray for someone competent

someone competent who will serve all New Yorkers and all the boroughs, and who will stop some of the senseless drug policing and the like would be great.

But Dinkins was a horrific mayor. It took someone spectacularly awful like Dinkins to be worse than Koch, who also sucked.

It will be very interesting to see what happens. Crony politics are very powerful in New York City and can produce incompetents like Dinkins.

A good, competent Democrat who is independent from the cronyism machine would be a welcome change.

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