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Polybius

(15,357 posts)
Wed Mar 1, 2023, 01:41 PM Mar 2023

Who was the best NYC Mayor of the last 45 years?

I'm only going back 45 years because I don't remember anyone before Ed Koch. I'm kinda torn between two, and would like to see where everyone else stands before I vote on my own poll. Please give your opinions as to why you chose as you did.


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Ed Koch
2 (22%)
David Dinkins
1 (11%)
Rudy Giuliani
0 (0%)
Mike Bloomberg
5 (56%)
Bill de Blasio
1 (11%)
Eric Adams
0 (0%)
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Polybius

(15,357 posts)
7. I put them on the lower end
Wed Mar 1, 2023, 10:44 PM
Mar 2023

Bloomberg's first term was legendary. He just got carried away by his third with that soda ban.

Scrivener7

(50,930 posts)
8. He screwed over the teachers and wrecked the school system.
Wed Mar 1, 2023, 11:53 PM
Mar 2023

He appointed a magazine publisher to run the biggest school system in the country. She lasted a year and created a shambles.

Among other things.

Polybius

(15,357 posts)
9. During his first term I was just done with school and had no kids, and planned to move shortly
Thu Mar 2, 2023, 02:01 PM
Mar 2023

So all of the things you mentioned didn't effect me at all at the time (not to sound selfish, but we all vote for our intensions to an extent). Loved Koch too, but I was a kid.

markpkessinger

(8,392 posts)
10. Bloomberg presided over the ridiculous boom in luxury housing development . . .
Thu Mar 2, 2023, 02:54 PM
Mar 2023

. . . which WASN'T needed, and which has resulted, today, in a city with massive luxury towers that sit half empty!

JHB

(37,157 posts)
2. BK: Before Koch, to take it to 70 years
Wed Mar 1, 2023, 01:48 PM
Mar 2023

Abe Beame: 1974 - 1977
John Lindsay: 1966 - 1973
Robert F. Wagner Jr.: 1954 - 1965


Polybius

(15,357 posts)
3. How about even further back to Fiorello La Guardia (1934 to 1945)
Wed Mar 1, 2023, 01:57 PM
Mar 2023

I know he was a Republican, but back in those days they weren't evil.

markpkessinger

(8,392 posts)
11. I always thought it was pretty declasse of Florence Henderson to publicize that story . . .
Thu Mar 2, 2023, 02:58 PM
Mar 2023

. . . In reality, it's something that could happen to anyone who is sexually active who happens to hook up with the wroong person.

Tommy Carcetti

(43,155 posts)
5. NYC Mayor is a position that is vastly overstated outside the NYC limits.
Wed Mar 1, 2023, 03:37 PM
Mar 2023

Yes, it's the nation's largest city. But governing a municipality is far different than governing a country or a state, no matter what the size.

That's why all the NYC mayors who have either been rumored to be Presidential candidates or have declared have crashed and burned.

Despite what New Yorkers might think, non-New Yorkers don't put much stock or interest into the NYC mayor position beyond it being a local curiosity. They just don't.

Polybius

(15,357 posts)
14. Looks like Bloomberg is the runaway winner
Sun Mar 5, 2023, 02:51 PM
Mar 2023

I voted for Koch in this poll, who came in a distant second.

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