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Fri Apr 30, 2021, 09:17 PM

Where Is the New York Mayor's Race Headed?

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Source: New York Times

With less than two months to go until the all-important Democratic primary, the New York City mayor’s race is one of the costliest and most closely watched political campaigns in the country this year. It’s also one of the most uncertain.

The businessman Andrew Yang is widely seen as the front-runner, mostly thanks to the celebrity profile that he accrued on the presidential campaign trail last year, when he mounted a quixotic run.

But with a ranked-choice voting system in place for the first time, and most voters still relatively unengaged and unaware of the candidates involved, no one has emerged with a clear path to victory.

“Yang is the front-runner, but a vulnerable front-runner,” Doug Schoen, a political strategist and longtime adviser to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said in an interview. “It isn’t clear to me now who will be his rival — but a rival can and may well emerge.”

On Wednesday, a major wrench flew into the campaign when Scott Stringer, the city’s comptroller and the leading progressive in the race, was accused of sexual assault. Jean Kim, now a political lobbyist, said that when she was an intern for his campaign for public advocate in 2001, he kissed and groped her and pressured her to have sex with him. (Mr. Stringer denied the allegations, saying that he and Ms. Kim had had a brief, consensual relationship.)


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/us/politics/new-york-mayor-race.html

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 09:21 PM

1. Yang indicated he'd essentially outsource the job and just do PR and culture setting and such

Something like that. I don’t think that’s a winning message.

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 09:35 PM

2. Do you have a link or something like that?

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 09:49 PM

4. Well consider the source -- I hadn't actually noticed-- but here

For all I know, this is exactly what a mayor is supposed to do.
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Dana Rubinstein
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“While others would manage the day-to-day, Yang said that he views the job of mayor as ‘team-building, culture-setting’” https://nypost.com/2021/04/29/andrew-yang-tells-the-post-hed-hire-competitor-if-elected/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons… via @nypmetro

Andrew Yang tells The Post he'd hire competitor to help run NYC if...
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Make me mayor and I’ll hire one of my fellow candidates to run the nuts and bolts of City Hall.

That was Andrew Yang’s broad message to The Post’s Editorial Board on Thursday, as the Democratic front-runner pitched himself as a man who can build the right team to bring New York City back to life after the coronavirus pandemic — while he coordinates and manages.

“You’re going to need to build a team with a range of experience and, certainly, if I’m the mayor, that team will need to consist of a number of people who are very deeply experienced in government,” Yang said during the hour-long sit-down. “I’m already thinking about how to staff the administration and make sure we can actually move the bureaucracy.”

While others would manage the day-to-day, Yang said that he views the job of mayor as “team-building, culture-setting” and orchestrating and improving relationships between the public and private sector.

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 09:54 PM

5. It's an attempt to apply the business approach to government.

Trump was incredibly bad at it. Bloomberg tried it in the city and certainly did better than Trump. Doing this only works if you are willing to get your hands dirty and be accountable. Bloomberg was occasionally aloof and dismissive of problems. It can work if Yang is willing to exercise his power when needed. Otherwise, it will be a mess. I think he's aware enough to engage with the job. We'll see if he makes it that far.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 10:49 PM

9. Yeah, I mean you WANT a strong team for sure. Look at Joe

But Joe clearly is driving the direction and goals and strategy, so as long as Yang can do that, he doesn’t have to be tactical —- as long as his team can handle tactics, and do so in an upright way.

Ok, it’s probably not as bad as I first thought.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 09:41 PM

3. Looks like nyc (as of now) will move away from the deblasio wing of party..

 

And that is not a bad thing considering almost no one likes him or the job he's done overall

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 10:14 PM

6. I hope Maya Wiley (sp?) gets a shot, I really like her, Yang not so much. n/t

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Response to SheilaAnn (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 10:24 PM

7. Most in nyc don't want a deblasio disciple

 

Miley as of now has no shot bec of the backlash against deblasio, the next nyc mayor will be more moderate at least compared to the deblasio wing..trust me here in NY deblasio has been a disaster

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Response to caber09 (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 10:27 PM

8. I didn't realize that. Former Jersey Girl needs to catch up. Thanks. n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 10:52 PM

10. Locking

Alerted on for violating LBN rules. Analysis belongs in General Discussion, not LBN, since it’s not news.

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