2011-10-21 / Letters

Illegal Campaign Posters

Dear Editor,

There is more to the recent news that Public Advocate Bill de Blasio beat out Comptroller John Liu and former Comptroller Bill Thompson in finally paying $300,000 in fines for papering the City with thousands of illegal posters during his 2009 election campaign. He doesn’t want this as an issue to be used against him when running for Mayor in 2013. Watch Liu and Thompson quickly cut their own checks as well.

De Blasio continues to accept excessive campaign contributions from municipal labor unions and follows their agenda lockstep. In the interest of fair and open disclosure, why not just call him the “Office of Union Advocate”? Any public opinion poll would tell you that the average citizen believes taxpayers would be better off if the useless Office of Public Advocate was abolished.

NYC has a municipal budget of $65 billion dollars with over 200,000 employees. This is greater than most states and many nations. Mr. de Blasio has never built a business, created jobs, met a payroll, balanced a multibillion dollar budget or managed any significant agencies with large numbers of employees. His ego, just like predecessors Mark Green and Betsy Gotbaum, is using this office as a stepping stone to run for Mayor. He brings no real qualifications for the second toughest job in America.

LARRY PENNER

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