Brooklynites Sweep the Polls

election day

There were few surprises in yesterday’s election, but a lot of Brooklyn:

Park Sloper Bill de Blasio won the mayor race by a landslide, although turnout at the polls was light. Fort Greene Councilwoman Letitia James will take his place as public advocate. “After demolishing a packed field of third-party contenders, [she will become] the first African-American woman to hold a citywide position,” said The Brooklyn Paper.

State Senator Eric Adams easily won Brooklyn Borough President over conservative Elias Weir. He will be the first black politician to occupy the office.

In his acceptance speech, de Blasio “reiterated his pledges to combat economic inequality by taxing rich people, providing universal prekindergarten, ending racial profiling by police, and fighting to keep hospitals from being closed to make way for luxury condos, as activists and judges have said the state wants to do with Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital,” said Brooklyn Paper.

“‘The feeling of a few doing well while the rest slip further behind is the defining challenge of our times,’ DeBlasio said to cheers. Fighting to keep the Cobble Hill hospital and Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant open in the face of state closure plans in his role as public advocate has been a signature effort of his campaign — he has gone so far as to get arrested protesting the shuttering — and a group of hospital staffers came out on Tuesday night to show their appreciation.”

On the controversial topic of stop-and-frisk, The New York Times quoted him as saying:

“Public safety is a prerequisite for the thriving neighborhoods that create opportunity in this city. And so is respect for civil liberties. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, we must have both. We must work to promote a real partnership between the best police force in the world and the communities they protect from danger, be it local or global. New Yorkers on both sides of the badge understand this.”

Do you think he will make a good mayor? Did you vote?

Photo by Charles16e

4 Comment

  • I wish him well and hope for the best but I have real concern that this election marks a negative turn in NYC. The improvements we have seen over the past two decades are being taken for granted. Bill is right that public safety is a prerequisite for the city to thrive and so far I have not noticed a flexibility in his position that contemplates a reversal/change of policy if public safety should suffer with the changes he advocates.

    Additionally, people ignore the benefit of having a politically independent and creative chief executive. Bloomberg was consistently and constantly willing to try new things (even when the public wasnt even thinking about it- i.e. leadership). I know Deblasio will not have the independence to be as free as Bloomberg but I pray that he doesnt give up on the creative aspects of Bloomberg. No one was clamoring for the 1M tree program, no one was suggesting the smoking ban or ban on trans fat (or sodas); no constituency was asking for a bike share program or pedestrian plazas; there was no real political push to add green taxis or gps/credit cards in cabs, it wouldnt have cost the current Mayor a dozen votes not to support the High Line (or its extension). Yet he tried all of these things vigorously and all have had a profoundly good effect on the everyday lives of millions. Sure not everything worked – ride share cabs, taxi of tomorrow, olympics, to name a few….but he tried. And that creative legacy is the greatest accomplishment of the Bloomberg era – and it will be a shame if politics and laziness causes it to end with Deblasio. I am not optimistic but hopeful.

  • I voted enthusiastically for de Blasio in both the primary and general elections. The fear-mongering from his opponents that New York will return to the 1980s and early 1990s is absurd. Guiliani and Bloomberg, despite their flaws, did an excellent job in turning this City around and making it a desirable place to live and raise a family. But the time has come not to reverse course, but to adjust it. Bloomberg is out of touch with any class other than very rich white people. The main thing that is missing in this City is the sense that we are all in this together. I see de Blasio as an inclusionist. No, he’s not going to have the freedom of action that Bloomberg, as a billionaire, did, but being responsive to one’s constituents is not necessarily a bad thing, so long as one is not captured by any one constituency, and with over 70% of the vote, I think that’s unlikely to happen. I believe this City is going to continue to grow and improve, and everyone’s quality of life will do so, too.

    • Excellent observation and comment ProfRobert. Fear mongering in the midst of a grossly overcrowded NYC was desperate and backwards thinking by Lhota. Bloomberg wasn’t that creative. He wasted a lot of tax payers money on failed “creativity” – was out of touch and added millions (or billions) to his “rack” at the expense of NYC taxpayer dollars.

  • brklynmind,
    Excellent comment. Well written and profoundly true.