[Ed. – Great, just when Obama finally backed off from the roads and bridges fixation.]
In an interview with the Washington Post‘s E.J. Dionne this weekend, de Blasio insisted that his administration had done great things during his short tenure and that he was “very proud” of filling potholes in particular.
The interview, an extensive one, covers everything from de Blasio’s disastrous attempt to impose a new tax on the city’s wealthy to the fundamental “fairness” of depriving New Jersey of fireworks displays. De Blasio spoke at length about how he is facing a “real, extraordinary level of opposition to change” because he is “fighting inequality.” According to him, “a lot of people take exception to that.” …
Dionne allowed de Blasio to discuss his successes as mayor, as well, instead of continuing to describe his failure to implement a tax to pay for a universal pre-Kindergarten program as a success and describing the tax’s “beauty.” These were limited. “I’m very proud of the potholes we’ve filled at an unprecedented level,” Mayor de Blasio noted. “It should get front-page headlines. It doesn’t but it’s really pertinent to people’s lives. There’s been a massive increase in the number of potholes we’ve filled.”
Unfortunately for Mayor de Blasio, the pothole situation in New York City has not been given the A1 treatment in New York’s newspapers. Instead, his conflicts with parents, demands for higher taxes, and diminishing poll numbers have begun to define a mayoral tenure still in its infancy but with potential to exacerbate many of the worst problems facing New Yorkers today.