The United Federation of Teachers supported Hevesi in the primary. He lost. It is now time to
back a new contestant. Presently, it seems that there are only two
people that want to be mayor: Ferrer and Gulianni. The others are in no
hurry to be mayor.
Gulianni cannot remain on as mayor without putting himself above the law; nor is he that irreplaceable - as too few have pointed out.
Like everyone else, I was very favorably impressed by his energy
immediately after the terrorist attacks. He overcame my prior dislike
for his dictatorial manner. For a few days, we needed someone to be the
focus of authority. We are now getting over the initial shock, so that
time has passed.
The current mayor is too easily swayed into thinking that he is
indispensable. He is not. It is time for him to move on. I am sure
that he will continue to be employed in some governmental position, given
the publicity that he has received. If no one hires him, he might even
consider doing volunteer work for New York City, behind the scenes under the new mayor.
Mr. Giuliani appears bigger than life by being the clearing house for all
official statements, by meeting all important visitors, and, in general,
by staying in the public eye. However, he is not digging through the
wreckage, nor providing security at airports, nor driving dump trucks
full of debris, nor directing traffic, et cetera. All of the people that
are doing these things should continue working without having to stand for reelection. They will work just as well under a new mayor: they are working for their city and country, not for one particular politician.
We should all thank the mayor for the excellent job that he did at a
terrible time in our history. He rose to the occasion (as did the president). We should thank him and then ask if he needs any help packing.