Eva for Mayor in 2017: The Race is On …

For twenty years Republican mayors called the shots in New York, for the last twelve a pro-choice, pro-LGBT, environmentalist and pro-health mayor, a strange combination for a Republican in the era of the Tea Party. While New Yorkers tired of Mayor Bloomberg during his third term, aside from his education policies he had favorable ratings among New Yorkers. Bike lanes and parks circle and crisscross Manhattan, crime rates have plunged, visitors from around the world spend their dollars and immigrants from across the nation and the world flock to the Apple.

In the big picture New York thrived, in spite of 9/11 and in spite of the 2008 national economic meltdown, high-rise luxury building after building filled the skyline around Manhattan and Brooklyn, high end restaurants proliferated, wine bars charging sixteen dollars for a glass of cabernet with smokers puffing away in the smoking section, the streets outside of the bars.

Across the East and Harlem Rivers the economic gap widened, unemployment rates remained high, the city was moving in different directions.

New York City is “managed” by a combination of real estate developers, bankers, hedge fund managers, political elites, the same types who always run cities. One of our most famous citizens, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the island of Nevis, from a single parent household, married Elizabeth Schuyler, from the Rensselaer family, “one of the richest and most politically influential families in the state of New York.”

In the Harvard Club or during breakfasts at the Regency or the Mandarin Oriental plans are being hatched.

In the spring of 2013 seven Democrats battled for the slot on the ballot, the Republicans battled among themselves, without a viable candidate. The elites, the power brokers were not unhappy, Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson; the two leading contenders were middle of the road democrats, not too far from the core of the Bloomberg ethos.

When the dust cleared Bill de Blasio motivated voters across the city – his “A Tale of Two Cities” campaign, his anti-stop and frisk rhetoric grabbed the attention of New Yorkers, well, enough New Yorkers.

de Blasio won the Democratic primary with 40% of the primary vote: 256,000 votes out of about 3 million registered Democrats; less than 10% of the registered Democrats voted for de Blasio. In the November election only 24% of all registered voters came to the polls.

The campaign for 2017 has begun.

de Blasio is simply too far to the left for the power brokers.

While his policies may reflect the views of most New Yorkers: more affordable housing, protecting rent control, raising the minimum wage, appointing pro-tenant members to the rent guideline board, and on and on, it may not translate into re-election. Melissa Mark-Viverito, the leader of the City Council is even further to the left – the City Council is dominated by the Progressive Caucus.

The de Blasio administration threatens the domain of entrenched old guard.

Campaigns never start too early and the 2017 campaign has began: Eva Moskowitz funded TV ads smacking de Blasio over his reversal of three charter school co-location decisions effecting only 194 students. The TV commercials were ready to go before the de Blasio decision was made!

Eva may be the perfect candidate.

New York City has never had a female mayor and 60% of voters are female.

She will be richly funded.

She is creating a voter base of charter school parents and wannabe charter school parents, primarily parents of color.

She is smart and aggressive.

Her supporters have four years to tear down de Blasio and four years to build up Eva’s resume.

About two years or so down the road Eva will leave the leadership of the Success charter school network and move on to another job to prepare for her run.

The NY Post will be relentless, slamming away at de Blasio every chance they get, the Wall Street Journal will join in on the editorial side. The Manhattan Institute has already begun the attack on the mayor. See Heather McDonald here and a sharp criticism of pre-k here.

In Albany the Republicans are in New York City attack mode, they passed a bill to undue Mayor de Blasio’s co-location reversals, in effect, reversing elements of mayoral control.

Parents from around the state are outraged by the impact of the Common Core State Exams and they have expressed their anger by encouraging candidates to oppose the four Regents up for re-election. The legislature ignored the parents, replaced one of the Regents with a candidate who had never applied for the position with an embarrassing lack of qualifications. Until parents can convert outrage to power at the polls they are not “players.”

Jerry Skurnik runs PrimeNY , the premier provider of election data: lists of prime voters, by district, by gender, by race, voting patterns, new voters, all the data needed to design a campaign. In the September 10, 2013 Democratic Primary election the teachers union endorsed Bill Thompson, spent significant dollars, made very attempt to bring the troops to the polls, and were not successful.

Bloomberg, virtually unknown in 2001 opted out of the NYC Campaign Finance system and spent many tens of millions of his own dollars; he repeated the efforts in 2005 and 2009.

Dollars determine elections, foot soldiers are nice, helpful, and nothing beats dollars.

Public school parents have yet to prove that they can influence the outcome of an election.

Teachers and public school parents will sneer – Eva Moskowitz can never get elected, au contraire, a well-funded, well run campaign can burnish any reputation, the TV ads of the last few weeks has shown what dollars can do. Governor Cuomo has suddenly become a fan of charter schools, the Senate Republicans, with Democratic support have jumped on the charter school band wagon. For the sans culottes, thousands of charter school kids have been driven onto the streets – in reality, 194 kids will have to either attend local schools or the charter school will have to rent space.

Dollars change minds.

de Blasio has two or three years to recover from his stumbling first few months, the battle is on … will de Blasio continue his “Tale of Two Cities” course, fighting to align the needs of the rich with the wants of the larger New York? Will de Blasio moderate and make peace with the power brokers?

The 2017 campaign is on, and, the big boys play for keeps.

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9 responses to “Eva for Mayor in 2017: The Race is On …

  1. For every action there is a reaction…for this mayor the reaction is not going to be a delayed one, but rather a more rapid and spontaneous one I should think. In less then 3 months this mayor has indicated a desire to tear down symbolic landscapes to what NYC has always been about.Compounded by his “taxing the rich and resdistribution of the wealth” mantra ( both can be found as centerpieces referenced in the introduction of The Communist Manifesto of Marx and Lenin). To eliminate Horse drawn carriages, and the industry that goes with it, in the face of massive protests, and uncovering of such untruths as :the horses are mal treated, are dangerous to public safety, etc because certain animal rights groups advocate it is just foolish pandering and unnecessary. To oppose The Governor, in such a way as to try to embarass him, ostensibly the man who is the titular head of his own party in NYS, is classless. Not to be truthful about his scheme to tax the rich, acquiring monies that would then be directed to pay for Teacher salary increases, is transparently unscrupulous. This Mayor has set forth to accomplish these things with a public be damned mindset and a determination that will in the long run truly polarize this city as it had never before been. Heres the deal as to why so many public schools fail and most charter schools succeed. Its the Principals, who administer these two formats. In the greater number of non charter schools, there are a generation of leftover Bloomberg Mayor’s Institute trained Principals, who for the most part are Joel Klein clones. Unimaginative, non thinkers for the most part, compared to Charter School Principals who are awarded those positions based on proposals, narratives and interviews at multiple steps, before being appointed. All have access to such fertile recruiting grounds as :Teach For America and NYC Teaching Fellows. Yet the growth and development of these recruits is heads and shoulders advanced in the Charter School as compared to our regular public schools. Principals with limited vision (in the former)vs Principals with a profound vision(in the latter) are more then likely the reason for this discrepancy. But this Mayor and his Public Advocate and his Deputy Mayor and his City Council President collectively oppose Charters. Why? Cant be racial.What can it be? Just think, when you add all of these things up, and throw in the reluctance to remove a failing and corrupt Principal in Far Rockaway ( it took a month to finally remove her, and only because of the NY Post Expose), or Ms Farinas “blizzard of 2014″ weather forecast, in just 3 months, this administration has taken actions that will most assuredly guarantee two things over the next 45 months. The first being the rebirth of a reactionarry movement from almost every circle of NY life and culture, the 2nd being that significantly more than 25% of NY’s eligible voters will show up in 2017.

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    • Lenin did not co-author The Communist Manifesto. Nor were Franklin Roosevelt and John Maynard Keynes, who advocated modest wealth redistribution, communists. The charter school record you praise is a facade and there are a number of successful public schools whose leaders are neither the product of Klein/Bloomberg tutelage or Teach For America. Get your facts straight before letting your ideological prejudices run amok.

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  2. Eric Nadelstern

    This is the most paranoid column I ever recall appearing in this space. If the Mayor sets back the local Democratic party another 20 years, it won’t be because of some imagined charter school/fat cat conspiracy. It will be because of his ineptitude as a city manager.

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  3. James S.vlasto

    Eva moskowitz will be the Christine Quinn of 2017. Same temperament
    She ran for borough president and lost. Her attacks on the mayor are unacceptable and insult to the voters of NYC. The legislature gave control of schools to the mayor not to Moskowitz.

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  4. Just think. If Eva Moskowitz becomes the Mayor in 2017,, Eric Nadelstern will finally get his wish to be the new chancellor. He can hire all those untenured “Leadership Academy Principals” and Teach For America two year wonders he wants.

    I pity the students and veteran teachers if that scenario plays out. Thank goodness I will have retired by then.

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  5. I don’t see Eva Moscowitz becoming the next mayor. I think voters took their outrage at the Bloomberg education policy and turned it into a win for BdB. Don’t underestimate voters’ anger. Those ads for charter schools are waving a red flag in front of middle class voters’ eyes. I want poor kids to have choices, but not by squeezing middle class kids out of their science labs, music, and art rooms. I think Cuomo better be careful or he’ll find himself without a job come November. Voters are not going to elect someone who wants to destroy their schools, or cater to a special-interest group like charters. Yes, that’s right — let’s call charters what they really are — a special interest group. They’re certainly not public schools.

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  6. I don’t think she has the desire or ability.

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  7. John King is running for Village Idiot in a quiet Upstate community where everyone is deceased. He’s up against half a tombstone with a witty quote.

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  8. upstate

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