2012-04-20 / Letters

Boycotting Business

Dear Editor,

Does the New York City Charter assign any responsibilities to the Public Advocate in organizing boycotts of business? Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s recent release of a web site “Iran Watch List” is designed to monitor businesses which may have dealings with Iran. This information would be used by interested citizens to participate in boycotting their products. The free publicity generated by this stunt is just a part of de Blasio’s overall daily series of press conferences and news releases to raise his name identification with voters. It is to grease the wheels for his all but publically announced 2013 Mayoral run.

These activities are on the taxpayers’ time and dime and have nothing to do with managing municipal agencies or government. If de Blasio is now interested in foreign affairs, perhaps he should consider becoming a candidate to either run in his local Congressional District or challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic Party Primary and drop out of the 2013 Mayoral campaign?

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 Municipal Unions Advocate”? When it comes to marching with the United Federation of Teachers, versus parents and taxpayers, he is truly the “teach-er’s pet.”

The yearly city contributions to municipal employee pension plans are taking up a greater percentage of the budget. It is the equivalent of a growing iceberg which just like the infamous “Titanic” – if not dealt with quickly will sink us all. Any public opinion poll can tell you that the average citizen believes tax-payers would be better off if the useless Office of Public Advocate was abolished.

NYC has a municipal budget of $65 billion with over 220,000 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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