The Promise and Perils of Bill de Blasio If Elected Mayor of NYC: 9 Power Centers to Keep Your Eye On
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When you throw in Ray Kelly and the stop-and-frisk crowd, the school privatizers, the real estate industry, and even all the hungry unions that didn’t support de Blasio in the primary, you can see just how much of a victory he has won, and how potentially treacherous the path to success might be.
What will happen in a de Blasio administration that launches in January is already a topic of high hopes and immense speculation. To state the obvious, success won’t be easy, but if de Blasio is as smart and savvy as his allies suggest, he could keep fooling people all the way to a more humane and inclusive New York City, showing that there is more than one way for the Big Apple to thrive.
To be sure, de Blasio begins with enormous goodwill from the rank and file, millions who want him to succeed and be a part of the city where they no longer feel left out. Whether the myriad fans and supporters can stick for the long haul and not be quickly annoyed when de Blasio doesn’t do everything and be everything they want him to be, will be a first test of hanging onto his constituency. This is crucial because a popular mayor is a big weapon in fighting the entrenched power centers, especially when everyone was pretty much against him in the primary.
One political insider who didn’t wanted to be identified because he has to work with all of the political players said that many don’t realize just how good de Blasio is at politics, how knowledgeable he is about the agencies and the workings of city government.
"I don’t think success is going to be that hard. True, it is a challenge for a mayor to fundamentally grapple with inequality, but he can do much, like build affordable housing, set a new tone, say some bold things early and act on them in a first 100 days with a willing city council. "