Now comes the exhausting half.
After cruising to reelection, Mayor de Blasio now should reply for all the guarantees he’s made to resolve what have to this point been frustratingly unsolveable issues.
From shifting towards closing Rikers Island to reforming the town’s notoriously loopy property tax system, the mayor has put a number of stress on his second time period.
Most of those guarantees are bold broad-sweeping targets that require overcoming a mess of obstacles that might bedevil a talented participant of three-dimensional chess.
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Some of those guarantees are hold-overs from the primary time period, together with his failed effort to reverse a rising tide of homeless that’s left a report quantity in metropolis shelters.
And parsing how the mayor intends to do all that is made harder by the summary nature of his plans, most of that are imprecise on particulars and set the end line years after he’s term-limited out of City Hall.
“We’ve got to become a better city. We’ve got to do it soon. We’ve got to do it fast,” the mayor instructed a cheering crowd of supporters on the Brooklyn Museum. “You’ve seen some important changes in the last four years, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
“We are only just getting started,” he added, earlier than exiting the stage to the “It’s only the beginning” refrain to a Chicago tune.
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A have a look at three key guarantees makes clear time and numbers are usually not on his facet if he hopes to perform every part he’s promised:
RIKERS ISLAND SHUFFLE
Pressured to shut Rikers, the mayor has agreed that it’s going to occur — six years after he’s gone from City Hall.
Meanwhile, he’s vowed to drop the inhabitants 26% from its present 9,500 to 7,000 by 2022. And even that’s removed from the quantity he says he wants to really shut Rikers — 5,000 inmates.
To make that purpose, he’d must tremendously broaden the present 2,300 capability of the borough jails. He’s obtained some badist from elected officers to do this in Queens, however how that can play within the different boroughs stays to be seen.
A key component of his plan is to divert the mentally disabled to supervised launch as a substitute of jail at a price of 297 per 12 months. That’s a tiny proportion of the four,000-plus Rikers inmates who presently fall into that clbad.
PROPERTY TAX CRAZINESS
Last April a serious lawsuit was filed to overturn the town’s property tax system, charging that it’s biased towards much less prosperous minority householders and renters.
The mayor — who’d ignored the problem for 4 years — moved to toss the go well with, but additionally promised to sort out the very sophisticated problem after Election Day by way of laws.
So far he’s mentioned virtually nothing about what that laws would seem like. During a breakfast speech to the town’s actual property bigshots Monday, de Blasio supplied no specifics aside from, “We’ll gather all the stake holders.”
He then rapidly diminished expectations, warning “it’s going to be a mbadive undertaking” that can take one or two years to resolve.
During the 2013 election, de Blasio promised to get homeless households and people out of decrepit non-public “cluster site” flats and industrial resorts and into everlasting housing.
After he grew to become mayor, using cluster websites and resorts rose and the homeless census hit a report 60,000.
His new plan once more guarantees to get out of cluster websites and resorts. Now, nonetheless, he plans to construct 90 new shelters.
How that performs out stays to be seen, since communities the place shelters have been proposed resisted, noting that they have already got their justifiable share of homeless beds.
De Blasio has repeatedly reminded New Yorkers that the state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs the town’s delay-plagued subways — not the town.
Nevertheless, he’s proposed growing the town’s earnings tax for the extremely rich metropolis residents to fund subway upgrades and subsidize fares for decrease earnings commuters. He says that can generate $800 million yearly, however as a result of all taxes require state approval, he wants Albany to make it occur.
That is about as probably as a morning commute directly. Gov. Cuomo and state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan have each mentioned the thought is DOA.
It’s essential to notice that that is his third “tax-the-rich” proposal – one to fund common pre-Ok, the opposite two to pay for inexpensive housing. Both died in Albany.
During the 2013 election, de Blasio promised all metropolis third-graders could be studying at grade stage inside 10 years. But if metropolis college students’ scores proceed on their present trajectory, de Blasio will not attain that purpose till 2031.
De Blasio additionally promised in 2013 to overtake admissions to the town’s elite public excessive faculties, saying the high-stakes admissions take a look at ought to now not be the one issue within the choice course of. Today the identical high-stakes take a look at remains to be in use on the metropolis’s eight Specialized High Schools that require it, with just a few minor adjustments.
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