2013-02-08 / Letters

Public Advocate Should Step Down

Dear Editor:

There has been a consistent political quid pro quo with Bill de Blasio. This started when he was a member of the New York City Council and continues with him serving as Public Advocate. Look at his record. He has supported virtually all of the United Federation of Teachers or city union demands during his career. Check de Blasio's campaign filings with the NYC Campaign Finance Board and see for yourself.

De Blasio is a puppet on the UFT and city labor unions's strings, just like the politicians and judges were in the pocket of Don Corleone in “The Godfather."

He would clearly not be able to represent the interests of taxpayers and business people when negotiating future contracts with municipal labor unions.

NYC will have a budget of $70 billion in fiscal year 2014 with over 200,000 employees. This is greater than most states and many nations. 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 those of his predecessors Mark Green and Betsy Gotbaum, is attempting to use the Public Advocate as a stepping stone to run for Mayor. He has no real qualifications for the second toughest job in America.

Now that he has finally come out of the closet and declared his candidacy for Mayor - de Blasio should avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest by resigning the Office of Public Advocate today. He should end the charade and be honest enough to run full time for Mayor on his own time and dime.

LARRY PENNER

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