De Blasio calls on wannabe mayors to ‘step it up,’ amid city crises

Bill de Blasio on Wednesday stated none of his would-be successors have offered clear visions for the city’s restoration from the coronavirus pandemic — despite the fact that the mayor has but to element his personal efficient plans for combating rising crime, avenue homelessness and a full reopening of faculties in September.

“I think they all need to step up a bit,” de Blasio sniped concerning the slew of candidates at his each day distant press briefing.

“I think all of them need to clarify where they want to take us,” he stated.

The mayoral wannabes have been fast to name Hizzoner a hypocrite for criticizing their supposed lack of imaginative and prescient when de Blasio himself has struggled to discover options for transferring the city ahead.

“This mayor still has no meaningful plan to get schools fully open or reduce the spiraling crime epidemic,” stated a spokesman for Andrew Yang, one of many main contenders.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (proper) go to a cell COVID-19 vaccine bus in The Bronx on May 7, 2021.
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“Andrew Yang will get schools fully open on day 1 and focus every day on reducing crime above ground and below,” the spokesman stated.

The mayor hasn’t said if there will probably be a distant studying choice for college kids within the fall.

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks about subway security throughout a press convention at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan.
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Shaun Donovan, President Obama’s former housing secretary, stated de Blasio ought to fear about his personal shortcomings.

“Homelessness is worse than it was during the Great Depression, shootings are on the rise, and our streets are a mess. If anyone needs to ‘step up a bit’ it’s @NYCMayor,” Donovan tweeted.

De Blasio has refused to supply new options to the city’s spiraling crime epidemic, as a substitute saying he’ll rely largely on neighborhood activists to companion with police to get weapons off the streets.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio dons a Brooklyn Nets jersey beneath his open blue button-down shirt and a Nets hat throughout a press briefing on May 18, 2021.
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But lots of the candidates did agree with the mayor on one factor — that the 2 remaining mayoral debates needs to be held in-person as a substitute of just about.

At Tuesday’s press convention de Blasio known as for a stay discussion board for the following debate on June 2. Currently the controversy, hosted by WABC-TV, is scheduled to be a Zoom video conference due to the station’s COVID-19 well being protocols. The third and ultimate debate is about for June 16. The solely debate for the Republican major’s two candidates is May 26.

“I would like to see obviously an in-person debate and if outdoors was the way to do it I think that’s a clever solution,” de Blasio stated.

Shaun Donovan, President Barack Obama's former housing secretary
Shaun Donovan, President Barack Obama’s former housing secretary, has blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio for not addressing the city’s rampant homeless and crime points.
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The mayor himself has refused to return his common press briefings to an in-person setting, regardless of ideas to maintain it exterior.

A recent poll shows the mayor’s opinion that the crowded subject of candidates working to exchange him is lackluster is a well-liked one– a majority of voters are undecided about who ought to lead City Hall when de Blasio leaves workplace on the finish of the yr.

But de Blasio stated “there’s still plenty of time on the clock” for voters to make up their minds.

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang calls for full-time, in-person studying in faculties by September throughout a press convention at Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan on May 11, 2021.
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“Most everyday New Yorkers are not even beginning to think about it at this moment,” de Blasio stated on the briefing.

“They will solidify their judgements in the last week or two or even the last few days before the election. That’s how it works in general but especially in a moment of COVID,” he stated.

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