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Bill de Blasio Mayor

Bill de Blasio Mayor

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2013NYCMayoralQuestionnaire
20JayStreet,Suite830•Brooklyn,NY11201•Tel(212)796-4200•Fax(646)349-3893website:www.gothamist.com
Instructions:
Gothamistplanstointerviewallcandidatesforcitywideofficein2013.Thissurveywillgiveusandourreadersanoverviewofeachcandidate’spositionsonissuesofparticularimporttoouraudienceofyoungNewYorkvoters.Foreachquestion,pleasegiveashortresponseoutliningyourcandidate’sposition.Youmayincludealinktolongerpositionstatementsatthebottomofeachresponse,whichwewillincludewhenwepublishthepiece.Ifyoudonotwishtoansweranyquestion,pleasespecify“nocomment”.Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleasecontactus.
CandidateOverview
1.
 
WhyshouldyoungpeopleinNYCvoteforyouinsteadoftheothercandidates?
NewYorkCityshouldbeaplacewhereyoungpeoplecanfollowtheirdreams,notaplaceonlyaccessibletotherich.IamtheonlycandidatewhohasarealplantoaddressourCity’seconomicinequalities.ToomanyNewYorkersareatorclosetothepovertyline,andasMayorIwillmakeitmynumberoneprioritytoensurethatallNewYorkershaveaccesstoaqualityjobandaffordablehousing.NewYorkCitymustremainaplacewithendlessopportunity.Iwillmakesureweremainabeaconofinclusionandtoleranceanddiversity.
2.
 
HowwouldyoudistinguishyourfutureadministrationfromthepresentonerunbyMayorBloomberg?
MyadministrationwillfocusoneveryNewYorker,regardlessofincome,ineveryborough.MayorBloombergspenttoomuchofhistimeinofficefocusedonwealthypeopleinManhattan.Thatneedstochange.WecouldhavebeendoingalotmoreoverthelastdecadetoaddresstheeconomicinequalitiesintheCity,therearetoolsingovernmentthatwecouldhaveusedbutwesimplydidn’t.
PersonalQuestions
1.
 
Doyourentorownyourhome?
Own.
2.
 
WillyoumovetoGracieMansionifyouwin?
IwillletNewYorkersdecidewhomtheywantasmayorfirst.OurfamilylovesourhomeinBrooklyn.
 
3.
 
Doyouhaveapet?
No.
4.
 
Ifyouhavechildren,do/didtheyattendpublicschools?
Yes,ChirlaneandIhavetwochildrenandbothwenttopublicschools.DantegoestoBrooklynTechandChiaragraduatedfromBeaconHighSchool.TheybothattendedM.S.51,andP.S.372.
Safety
1.
 
WhatchangeswouldyouliketoseeintheNYPD'sstopandfriskpolicies?
IamtheonlycandidatecommittedtorealreformoftheNYPDandofstopandfrisk.Iamtheonlycandidatewhosupportslegislationtobanracialprofiling,establishingatrulyindependentNYPDInspectorGeneral(IG),andappointinganewPoliceCommissioner.IwillalsoreversetheCity’sappealofJudgeScheindlin’sstopandfriskruling,andsupportthecourt-directedreforms
.2.
 
WouldyoureplaceRayKellyaspolicecommissioner?
Yes
3.
 
DoyousupportthedecriminalizationorlegalizationofmarijuanainNewYorkCity?
Isupportthedecriminalizationofsmallamountsofmarijuana.InNewYorkCity,nearly50,000peoplewerearrestedlastyearformarijuanapossession.Low-levelmarijuanapossessionarrestshavedisastrousconsequencesforindividualsandtheirfamilies.Thesearrestslimitone’sabilitytoqualifyforstudentfinancialaidandundermineone’sabilitytofindstablehousingandgoodjobs.AsMayor,IwilldirecttheNYPDtostopthemisguidedprosecutionsandpushforthepassageofGovernorCuomo’smarijuanapossessionlaw,whichwouldremovecriminalpenaltiesformarijuanapossessionunder15grams.Iwillalsoendtheabuseofstop&friskthattreatsmarijuanadiscoveredwhenacopordersapersontoemptytheirpocketsasa“publicdisplay”ofanillicitsubstance.
4.
 
DoyousupportanindependentinspectorgeneralfortheNYPD?
Yes.Ibelievethataninspectorgeneralwillensuretransparencyandaccountabilityoverpolicepolicies.
5.
 
WouldyouchangethewaytheNYPDhandlesprotestsinthecity,includingthepresent"freespeechzones"?
 
Yes.IhavebeenextremelytroubledbytheBloombergadministration’shabitofbarring journalistsfromprotestsites,includingduringtheOccupyWallStreetdemonstrations.
6.
 
DoyoufavoranincreaseinfundingfortheAccidentInvestigationSquad,anddirectingAIStoinvestigateallaccidentswhichincludeaseriousinjury(ratherthanjustdeaths)?
Ibelievein“VisionZero”:thatthereisnolevelofacceptabledeathorseriousinjuryonourCity’sstreets.Wemusttakedramatic,sustained,data-drivenmeasuresuntiltrafficfatalitiesandinjuriesarereducedtozero.Afteryearsofadvocacyandpressure,thisyeartheNYPDmadesomeimportantstridesforwardinhowtheyinvestigateautomobilecollisions.Thismustgofurther:theCollisionInvestigationSquad(asitisnowknown)shouldinvestigatecollisionsthatresultinseriousinjury.Itisalsoessentialthatwestopreferringtocollisionsas“accidents”–adistinctionthatoftenrelievesrecklessdriversofresponsibility.
7.
 
Shouldpeoplebeallowedtodrinkalcoholontheirownstoops?Whataboutinpublicparks?
Peopleshouldbeabletodrinkontheirstoops,butnotinpublicparks.
Transportation,BikesandBikeLanes
1.
 
Howoftendoyourideabike?
Ithasbeenawhile,butIridetheexercisebikealmosteverydayatmylocalYMCA.
2.
 
HowwillyouchangeMayorBloomberg'sbikelanepolicy?
AsMayor,IwillpartnerwithcommunitiestodramaticallyincreasethenumberofbikelanesthroughouttheCity,ineveryborough.Througheducation,promotion,andsaferstreets,Iwilldoublethecity’scurrentgoalofbikeridershipfrom3%to6%by2020.Iwillalsoexpandthebikeshareprogramtoeveryborough.
3.
 
HowoftendoyourideNYCsubwaysandbuses?
Usedtorideeveryday,nowonceaweek(RandF)
4.
 
Shouldliverycabsbeallowedtopickupstreethailsintheouterboroughs?
IobjectedtotheapproachthatMayorBloombergtookwhenhesoughttoexpandouter-boroughtaxiandliverycabservicebecauseheimproperlycircumventedtheCityCouncil’sauthority.Idonot,however,objecttotheunderlyingobjectiveoftheplan.
5.
 
Doyousupportcongestionpricing?

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