Meet Andrew Boomer-Yang, a possible subsequent mayor who hurls out concepts that generally are good till they arrive spinning again like a picket airfoil and conk him on the top.
Andrew (“so what if I never voted?”) Yang’s recantations on issues nice and small are usually not the present of gumption that town’s chief govt wants. Everyone is entitled to alter their thoughts, after all, however the front-runner for New York City’s prime job has exhibited a cowardly reflexive motion any time he’s publicly spanked by voices on the left.
Take who’s accountable for public colleges that stay closed. Yang mentioned in March that the United Federation of Teachers “has been a significant reason why our schools have been slow to open.”
Is something extra apparent — or understated? The UFT has lengthy been the only real cause why youngsters are caught “learning” at residence.
But then, after what he known as a “productive conversation” with UFT head Michael Mulgrew final month, Yang frantically reversed discipline like a gazelle confronted by a hyena.
Mulgrew, Yang said at a union-sponsored occasion, “conveyed to me that it’s been a failure of leadership on the part of the mayor … I agree that the mayor has failed the teachers and public school parents” in not reopening the colleges.
On to international coverage: Yang tweeted final week in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian disaster, “I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists … NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere.”
But — boomerang! — all it took for Yang to show tail have been a couple of tweets from rabidly anti-Israel sorts, including from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked.”
Yang sued for peace, saying his tweet “was overly simplistic” and that his critics have been “correct” in saying he didn’t “acknowledge the pain and suffering on both sides.”
Such prompt capitulation absolutely delights Mulgrew and his fellow municipal union leaders to not point out Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who have to be salivating on the considered a mayor even simpler to bully than Bill de Blasio.
How unserious is Yang about truly governing town? Consider the 180 he just lately pulled on bus lanes. Yang lengthy endorsed creating devoted paths and even complete streets to hurry up the lumbering, snail-pace conveyances. His marketing campaign web site states, “A top priority will include building Bus Rapid Transit throughout the city … The 14th Street Busway is a great example of what we can accomplish.”
So in March, bus-lane advocates have been flabbergasted when he mentioned he’d be “open to re-examining” the brand new Flushing, Queens, busway, which runs from Northern Boulevard to Sanford Avenue.
Why the U-turn? He heard “numerous community complaints from people that have said that seniors have had trouble getting to their doctors who are on upper floors … and prior to the busway, they would get dropped off at the curb by their relatives.”
Numerous neighborhood complaints! Since each bus lane in city has critics, let’s see him “re-examine” each one in every of their 140 miles of roadway every time somebody gripes.
Of course, if Yang wins, he’d choose to not take care of such mundane issues himself. He told The Post’s editorial board he’d flip the day-to-day job of working the city over to an underling, corresponding to his mayoral competitor Kathryn Garcia.
Yang, who may need been overtaken by Eric Adams in Democratic main polls after Thursday night time’s debate, apparently regards himself as a “don’t bother me with the details” visionary based mostly on his modest success working a really small firm. He forgets that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was hands-on at City Hall regardless of being a mega-billionaire with a observe document that dwarfs Yang’s meager accomplishments.
Bloomberg by no means budged simply because somebody mentioned one thing nasty to him. But Yang caves each time his phrases come again to chunk him. The man shouldn’t get elected mayor of NYC. He ought to get a backbone.