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Checkin’ in with: Bill DeBlasio

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Bill DeBlasio is running for mayor. He’s also a Park Slope dad. We took a moment to chat with the Public Advocate about why he truly is an “outer-borough working dad,” how he feels about bike lanes, and whether or not he is a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op.

Eli Rosenberg: Giuliani is remembered for cleaning up the city. Bloomberg perhaps for making streets more bike and pedestrian friendly. How do you make your mark on the city if you’re elected mayor?

Bill DeBlasio: There’s a little bit of a Roman emperor problem with a lot of public leaders and they’re most concerned with the physical structures they create, when in fact the challenge right now is more of an intellectual one. We have to try to prepare our kids for a 21st century economy. I proposed an aggressive plan to do that, by focusing on early childhood education and after-school programs, and it’s controversial for some because it would require a tax on the wealthy to achieve. Part of why Bloomberg has been less effective on schools in recent years is that I don’t think he feels the urgency of folks who are actually connected to the school system.

ER: With Ed Koch’s passing, it’s hard not to think about the legacy of New York City mayors in an election year. Which former mayor is your biggest role model?

BD: Unquestionably [Fiorello] La Guardia. He was a unifier at a time when there were real difficulties and tensions in the city and he served throughout the Depression and he never acted like the economic reality wasn’t his responsibility. He also had tremendous compassion. He lived among the people and believed in being out and accessible — something Koch did very well, also.

ER: Bloomberg has fully embraced the model of public-private partnerships in places like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Downtown and Atlantic Yards. Is this a model of governing that you support?

BD: I support it as long as there is real oversight and some hard bargaining with regards to the private sector. With Brooklyn Bridge Park it was necessary to guarantee that we could have a park that was self-sustained. What’s happened to the city budget, the federal budget, etc., there was no way to assume that there would be the money necessary to run the park properly unless there was private funding. So that was a case of a productive partnership. But I think that in every one of them you have to make sure the public is getting full value from its private partners and that it’s a carefully monitored deal.

ER: That’s always the talk, but not always the reality. How do you improve that process?

BD: I’m a big believer in using the development process to achieve more affordable housing. In the Bloomberg years, a lot of times developers have not been pushed hard enough for the maximum amount of affordable housing, or affordable housing commitments were made and not followed through on. And I think part of it is the aspect of transparency. I would like to see any sort of agreements made public, and constantly assessed in a very public manner to see that they’re lived up to.

ER: You kicked off your campaign at your home in Park Slope where your wife called you an “outer-borough working dad.” Some people might say that an 11th Street address doesn’t exactly qualify you as “outer-borough” these days.

BD: That’s crazy. We moved here in 1992. This was long before I had any gumption of running for office. It’s pricier now, but there’s still a lot of old-timers in the Slope, still a lot of working and middle-class people, and a lot of focus on public schools and small businesses. We’re homeowners, our daughter just graduated, but for 14 years now our kids have gone to public school. Chirlane and I are like so many other middle-class folks that have had to figure out a way to find childcare we could afford when our kids were younger, and balance all the pieces of our lives. That’s what people are dealing with in the outer boroughs. I’ve been in our neighborhood now [for what] will be 21 years in March. And our kids were born at Methodist [Hospital], I was the little league coach with the 78th Precinct Youth Council, and we’ve really steeped ourselves in the life of the neighborhood.

ER: Are you now, or have you ever been a card-carrying member of the Park Slope Food Co-op?

BD: I am not a member of the Co-op. Got close to doing it a few times, but never could figure out how to handle the time commitment.

ER: Brooklyn College is sponsoring a talk by the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] Movement that is causing an uproar. What’s your take — academic freedom or inappropriate use of public funds?

BD: Brooklyn College is making a huge mistake. I disagree fundamentally with the divestment movement. By definition we have to stand by Israel and this movement is aimed at undermining the Israeli economy, which is outrageous. The answer to the freedom of speech issue is, if Brooklyn College wants to officially host the event, then host both sides. I want all voices to be heard, but for a public institution to sponsor only one side — the anti-Israeli side — that’s unfair.

ER: If elected, would you continue setting aside more public space for bicycles and pedestrians?

BD: The motivation [for bike lanes] has been noble but the approach has often been without the kind of communication with the community that I’d like. What I’d say is that let’s look at actual evidence, not biased evidence, but actual evidence about what has happened with each of them. Where they’ve worked, great, let’s keep them. Where they haven’t worked let’s revise them or change them.

ER: Final question: Nets or Knicks?

BD: If that’s the choice, Nets, unquestionably.

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Rob from Greenpoint says:
"The motivation [for bike lanes] has been noble but the approach has often been without the kind of communication with the community that I’d like. What I’d say is that let’s look at actual evidence, not biased evidence, but actual evidence about what has happened with each of them. Where they’ve worked, great, let’s keep them. Where they haven’t worked let’s revise them or change them."

Feb. 6, 2013, 8:22 am
Sloper from Slope says:
Rob, let's call Bill de Blasio's bike lane claim for what it is: a lie.
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:23 am
Peter from Park Slope says:
@Rob - agreed. How many community board meetings happen before each bike lane goes in? How long did it take before the PPW lane went in?

"Where they’ve worked, great, let’s keep them. Where they haven’t worked let’s revise them or change them."

Funny, the only place they "haven't worked" was in South Williamsburg, when Bloomberg had the lane ripped out in the dead of night to secure the Hasidic vote in his last election. No mention of taking a "look at the actual evidence" there.
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:38 am
Chris from Bushwick says:
"Without the kind of communication with the community that I’d like..."

What, exactly, is the kind of communication he wants? Virtually every one of these improvements has been shepherded through Community Boards, and larger projects have been workshopped with community meetings. I imagine that DeBlasio wants know-nothing politicians like himself to have total veto power over these projects because a few of his supporters and campaign donors don't like them.

And as for the "actual evidence" versus "biased evidence" claim, DeBlasio doesn't seem to know one from the other. A traffic jam - which could be caused by countless reasons other than a bike lane, and existed long before bike lanes did - is not actual evidence. Data that is collected and vetted by professionals is actual evidence, and it has proven these lanes and plazas make streets safer without significantly impeding traffic flow. Period.

The entire field of mayoral candidates is just a house of horrors this year.
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:42 am
Community Member from Outer Borough says:
Bill de Blasio, shame on you.

Apparently the only kind of "communication with the community" you think is appropriate is a direct phone call to Iris Weinshall and Norman Steisel.

Shame on you for ignoring the real community. I attended many meetings on the PPW bike lane. Where were you?
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:55 am
Community Member from Outer Borough says:
Bill de Blasio, shame on you.

Apparently the only kind of "communication with the community" you think is appropriate is a direct phone call to Iris Weinshall and Norman Steisel.

Shame on you for ignoring the real community. I attended many meetings on the PPW bike lane. Where were you?
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:55 am
Community Member from Outer Borough says:
Bill de Blasio, shame on you.

Apparently the only kind of "communication with the community" you think is appropriate is a direct phone call to Iris Weinshall and Norman Steisel.

Shame on you for ignoring the real community. I attended many meetings on the PPW bike lane. Where were you?
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:55 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Wow. Not only will I not be voting for this guy in the primary, I doubt I'd even vote for him over a Republican in the general election.
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:57 am
Em from Red Hook says:
The motivation [for car lanes] has been noble but the approach has often been without the kind of communication with the community that I’d like. What I’d say is that let’s look at actual evidence, not biased evidence, but actual evidence about what has happened with each of them. Where they’ve worked, great, let’s keep them. Where they haven’t worked let’s revise them or change them.
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:59 am
Bob from NY says:
If you want to stand by Israel, fine. But to say that we _have_ to stand by it "by definition"... what the heck does that mean?
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:01 am
5th St from Park Slope says:
Hi Bill,

If you and your wife have "really steeped ourselves in the life of the neighborhood" then why didn't you come to any of the Community Board meetings regarding the Prospect Park West bike lane?

Feb. 6, 2013, 10:10 am
ty from pps says:
That comment was just crazy to my ears too. "By definition we have to stand by Israel" -- what?! By definition?

Who else do we *have* to support "by definition" regardless of what harmful and divisive behaviors they engage in?
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:15 am
Gary from Park Slope says:
The vast majority of New Yorkers favor bike lanes. You are dead wrong on lack of community input and evidence of success. Community Boards have been involved in every bike lane decision and the proof is clear that they are making streets safer for ALL STREET USERS. You sound like a climate change denier. You are shooting yourself in the foot, alienating potential supporters.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:23 am
Bklynbiker from South Slope says:
DeBlasio needs to separate himself from all the other line towing, anti bike cowards running for mayor. It would be easy and would make sense considering he lives in a neighborhood which enthusiastically supports an embattled life and time saving protected bike lane.

There is just no excuse for a mayoral candidate to want to remove or slow the implementation of bike lanes, unless it's solely to appease the whiney car driving minority in this City.

And judging by that bike lane quote, he will be overseeing the re-installation of the Bedford ave lane that was removed.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:26 am
Increasingly Disappointed with Bill from Brooklyn says:
As a Community Board member who has worked with NYC DOT for ages now, there is absolutely no question that the agency has become massively more responsive, collaborative and communicative with communities since Janette Sadik-Khan took over. In the Weinshall era it was a major fight even just to get a new speed bump near a school where a teacher had been run over and killed. Is this what Bill de Blasio proposes to return to? Bill really needs to look past the tabloid-driven baloney and join us here in reality, on our neighborhood streets.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:27 am
Josh from Park Slope says:
For someone that "really steeped ourselves in the life of the neighborhood" and moved in in the early 90s, one wonders why DeBlasio has never been to a single PPW meeting, and why isn't he a member of the Food Coop (Can't find 3 hours a month to bag groceries? Pretty sure being the mayor is a bigger time commitment than not being the public advocate)?

That's not "steepd in the life of the neighborhood," that's "moved here for the schools."
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:31 am
Brian Van from Gramercy says:
DeBlasio maybe ought to get on board with the idea that a successful mayoral candidate would have to support INSTALLING bicycle-accommodating infrastructure, not removing it. That's what overwhelming "actual evidence" from polls suggests, regardless of whatever the current DOT agenda is.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:46 am
boof from brooklyn says:
Mr DeBlasio: stop trying to toe the conservative line on bike lanes. The majority is pro-bike lane. Let's see you embrace them, and you'll have a huge instant progressive constituency to power you into office.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:50 am
DG from Brooklyn says:
Mayor Emanuel in Chicago wants bike lanes because they attract young workers and are good for the economy. Mayor Villaraigosa thinks Los Angeles (!) needs to get on board with bike lanes for the same reason. Portland, DC, Philly, Austin, London, Paris...many cities across the country and the planet are realizing that bike lanes are the wave of the future and the key to accommodating population growth and securing the talent that will drive a "21st century economy."

So that begs the question...

Is Bill de Blasio willing to sacrifice New York City's future economy to these other cities? Because talent will go where it wants, no matter what favors our mayor wants from the tabloids.

Bill de Blasio's campaign against livable streets and willingness to ape NBBL talking points is a fantastic way for NYC to be left behind as the world races on.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:54 am
Jessica from Crown Heights says:
This bike lane drivel from de Blasio is seriously craven and just plain despicable. You're talking about a policy that is saving lives, Bill. Brooklyn wants the bike lanes. We asked for the bike lanes. Get your facts straight.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:55 am
stairbob from grand army says:
Let me guess, DeBlasio has a certain set of wealthy campaign donors with a certain address that he's not willing to alienate, even if it means more people getting hurt or killed in the street.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:09 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
I count 21 comments before mine, and every one that mentions bike lanes (the vast majority) is supportive of them, and contemptuous of Bill de Blasio's blatant lie that the community process is lacking.

The redesign of Prospect Park West was preceded by four years of community process, including several votes, all in favor, by Community Board Six. Bill, time to stop the b.s.

As for his criticism of public-private partnerships, he carefully avoids mentioning Atlantic Yards, a project he supported and which has failed to deliver on any of its promises. As Public Advocate, he's punted on oversight, real or even feigned.

As for Brooklyn College and academic freedom, he is of course a panderer, and flat wrong.

This fraud needs to be retired, permanently, from public life.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:24 am
Eliot from Brooklyn Heights says:
If the Public Advocate had spent the last few years actually advocating for the public he might have a chance at being mayor. Can anyone point me to a single actual accomplishment of DeBlasio's tenure?

Five bucks says this time next year he'll be an adjunct professor at Baruch.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:33 am
Kevin from Flatbush says:
"By definition we have to stand by Israel"
But the definition of what?

I'm not even arguing whether we should or not, just that this is one of the dumbest things ever to come out of a pathetic, pandering politician's mouth.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:43 am
Kevin from Flatbush says:
@Josh from Park Slope
With you on the PPW bike lane community board hearings.
But the Food Co-op?
Why is membership in a single food co-op a prerequisite for being an active member of a community? So that criticism just seems silly.
Maybe he just likes Keyfoods....
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:47 am
Kevin from Flatbush says:
"Some people might say that an 11th Street address doesn’t exactly qualify you as 'outer-borough'".

Only idiots would say that. If it is 11th Street in Brooklyn, then it "by definition" does qualify you as "outer-borough."
Outer-borough is not a synonym for poor or conservative or suburban or ghettoised. Until 11 St. in Brooklyn becomes part of NY county, it will be "outer-borough."
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:57 am
S from PPW says:
Over 200 New Yorkers will killed last year by cars.

So far in 2013 over 20 New Yorkers have been killed.

Nothing from Bill de Blasio, who is supposed to be the Public Advocate.
Feb. 6, 2013, 12:07 pm
Mike Curatore from Carroll Gardens says:
If you want to see a weak-willed, union-pandering, gold-digging, rhetoric-spewing sleazy politician as New York's next Mayor, then vote for Bill de Blasio.

I predict he will lose even in his beloved Park Slope, the neighborhood he's stepped on, I mean, steeped in.
Feb. 6, 2013, 12:27 pm
Joe from Crown Heights says:
"The motivation [for bike lanes] has been noble but the approach has often been without the kind of communication with the community that I’d like."

Well, the bike network was planned with the participation of nearly every relevant city agency and borough elected's office before being released in 1997:

Then in 2006 under another DOT commissioner, the city publicly announced they would be largely implementing the recommendations of that plan:

Then as DOT rolled them out, they went one-by-one presenting the plans for each bike lane to each affected community board only installing them after consultation and usually approval, sometimes involving protracted negotiations.

In actuality, the development of the bike network is one of the most thought-out, community-involved, highly publicized initiatives in NYC's modern history or possibly ever. And nowhere is there any support to the claim of "biased" evidence - this is a complete fabrication invented by one small group of widely-debunked sociopaths. DeBlasio in one quick response has just proven he has no idea what he's talking about on what is being considered a major campaign issue. If he feels the need to pander to the NBBL cronies or to the disgruntled driving class, he could just say that the issue is controversial, he would defer to local opinion, and leave it at that. Instead he embarrassed himself with horrible misinformation and revealed a close connection or at least sympathy towards the very people suing the city to overturn something SUPPORTED by the community IN HIS OWN NEIGHBORHOOD. You can't clown around like that as the "Public Advocate" meanwhile pandering to connected elitists and expect to be voted mayor of anything.
Feb. 6, 2013, 2:04 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
What a pandering bum.
Feb. 6, 2013, 2:49 pm
T from Brooklyn says:
I can't wait for this thread to descend into a pointless argument between ty and Tal Barzilai. Where are those guys?
Feb. 6, 2013, 2:49 pm
Pat from Ft Greene says:
Probably even they can't treat deBlasio seriously...and why doesn't anyone ask him about his name change, ever?
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:01 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Can I ask why are many of the bike zealots here making Bill DeBlasio personal attacks just for his stance on bike lanes? You guys all had your say on this, and he had his. He thinks that infrastructure for bicycles are an elitist move, and he his entitled to say so just as many have the right to think otherwise. Other than that, the mayoral election is going to on more than just bike lanes, and I doubt that this will even be the bulk of the election. After what Bloomberg did, many will be looking for someone who isn't like such as Christine Quinn, who has been seen as his right hand. On some of the issues he said in this interview, I do like the fact that he called out the BDS on wanting to go to Brooklyn College and said that a pro-Israel group should be allowed to be there as well, but I am not happy with how he addressed the AY on the oversight when he himself sort of acted in favor of the project when he could have stopped it. Another thing is that he along with William Thompson and John Liu were called the Three Stooges by the NY Post just for agreeing with the UFT in taking their side on the evaluation process and not closing down what is believed to be failing schools, which I find is a major hit below the belt. In reality, people in this election are going to look to more than just bike lanes to see who should be the next mayor.
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:06 pm
stairbob from grand army says:
"He thinks that infrastructure for bicycles are an elitist move"

Maybe there's an online class in reading comprehension you could take, Barzilai.
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:21 pm
Not Surprised from Brooklyn says:
I always thought he was just like the rest of the politicians until he came to help our bldg negotiate with a developer of a lot next door that would allow the developer a larger bldg in exchange for a more space between it and our bldg. All was agreed until the developer's paperwork was filed with no mention of the agreement. Calls to DiBlasio's office were met with denials of any agreement having ever taken place. Developer got his bigger bldg, we got nothing.
So I was wrong, turns out he's worse...
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:24 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Tal,
Since you have labeled me a 'bike zealot' I guess you're addressing me? As you can see above, I "attacked" him on his bizarre statement on Israel and academic freedom.

Tal, you are "by definition" an idiot. (Wait, was that a hit below the belt?)
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:28 pm
NBBLer from 9 PPW says:
Yeah! Totally agree with Tal. I hate these elitists on their expensive toys. They're just riding for fun.

Real Brooklynites own cars and work for a living!!!
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:45 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Despite his view on bike lanes, this alone isn't going to determine the outcome of the election. The city has much more major issues than this. It's unfortunate that you guys are not the majority, so all the supporters are very likely not going to be able to stop him from being mayor. If he loses either the nomination or election it will be because of other major issues. As for his stance on what is going on Brooklyn College, he was calling for both sides on Israel to be there, not just one side, so he is not against academic freedom, he just feels that it's right to have a debate there rather than just one group stating their side and feeling unhindered about it. On a side note, I really suggest anyone who doesn't know what a zealot let alone the word zeal means to look that up in the dictionary and you will see why I used that word.
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:52 pm
ty from pps says:
"It's unfortunate that you guys are not the majority..."

(no additional comment necessary)
Feb. 6, 2013, 3:55 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh, and I guess you're right. I'm full of zeal. I'm positively oozing zeal.
Feb. 6, 2013, 4 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Just click this link, and you will know exactly what the word zeal means.
Feb. 6, 2013, 5:36 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
What does it say that the only commenter taking de Bladio's side on anything lives in Pleasantville?
Feb. 6, 2013, 7:04 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- You think I'm mistaken? You don't think I'm oozing zeal?
Feb. 6, 2013, 7:46 pm
B from Bklyn says:
Bill de Blasio is wrong, just plain wrong.

The PPW bike lane was a model of community involvement.

Bill, how would you have done things differently? Which bike lanes do you think aren't working?

Or are you just saying whatever Norman Steisel asks you to?
Feb. 6, 2013, 8:13 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Seriously, does anyone here really think that all that will matter in the mayoral elections are things such as bike lanes and those so-called livable streets? I would say no. There are also the issues about the public schools, hospitals, firehouses, rents, property taxes, etc. In the end, Bill De Blasio won't care, because he knows that there are more important issues to cover than just bike lanes, and he will win a lot more votes by covering that. I already know that the fanatics over at Streetsblog went stark raving mad when Paul Newell, who was a big supporter of congestion pricing, lost big in failing to unseat Sheldon Silver when running against him in his district. I guess congestion pricing alone wasn't enough to take out Silver especially when he touched on other issues that were more important than congestion pricing, plus his district is lower Manhattan, which is hardly car oriented to begin with. I think the only reason why the bike zealots want Christine Quinn is because she is the closest to Michael Bloomberg especially for being his right hand, and if she does lose, it's mainly because the city had enough of Bloomberg and don't want someone to continue in his footsteps.
Feb. 6, 2013, 8:48 pm
Actual NYC voter from NYC says:
Seriously, does anyone here really think that the opinion of a guy from Pleasantville, NY will matter in the mayoral election? I would say no.

FYI, very few "bike zealots" want Christine Quinn. That's the funniest thing I've ever heard. You couldn't be more wrong if you tried.
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:51 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Tal -- Who are you going to vote for?
Feb. 6, 2013, 9:56 pm
Brownstone from Park Slop says:
de Blasio is killing me. Literally, he is trying to get me killed.

It's too bad, but I can't/won't vote for de Blasio. It's not just his anti-bike stance, but worse, his total ignorance of the traffic safety disaster going on in this city.
More people killed by cars than by guns, but that's just business as usual. If you won't wake up and smell the coffee, wake up and see the blood!

Aside from traffic, de Blasio makes mostly good noises, but when I look for his record, I find nothing, nothing that backs up his talk. "Not Surprised from Brooklyn" has the reality pegged: de Blasio is not a man we can trust to do what he says. Not honorable. Except for his claim to remove bike lanes, that I believe.

Quinn is just as worse. Another one who rolls over and plays dead for the Police Department, no criminality suspected.... No intelligence suspected either.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:46 pm
Park Slope Parent from Park Slope says:
I will not vote for a man who can't stand up for my kids' safety. We use PPW all the time to get to the park, soccer, the farmers market, library, and more. Stop listening to NBBL and start listening to parents like me who want my kids to be safe. Grow up and get some courage.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:14 pm
Josh from Park Slope says:
Not joining the co-op in the 2010s is very different than not joining the co-op in the 1990s. In the 1990s, there was no method to "steep" in the neighborhood without joining. To complain about the work requirement? LIAR!
Feb. 7, 2013, 8:09 am
Suze from Park Slope says:
The saddest part of all is that Bill keeps thinking anyone who grew up here considers brooklyn an "outer borough." That's a term used by Manhattanites and out-of-towners, not natives of bronx, brooklyn, etc
Feb. 7, 2013, 9:32 am
Kevin from Flatbush says:
@ Suze
"Outer Boroughs" isn't nearly as bad as "the Boroughs" which is one you hear plenty of native NYers use, which is just wrong since it literally means NYC as all of NYC is in a borough. Generally I think the clumping together is weird, since they are all so different - like when NYers say "the country" when you ask them where they're going for the weekend, as if every non-urban place is basically the same.
Also annoying, "the boroughs of Manhattan." Ever hear that one? Makes want to slap people.

@ Josh
There was no PTA or community board or civic life in Park Slope in the 90's other than at the Park Slop Food Co-op?
Nothing? Just the Co-op? Really?
The importance some Park Slopers place on a single food distributer is both fascinating and frightening to me.
Feb. 7, 2013, 3:52 pm
Coop member from Slope says:
Who cares about whether Bill de Blasio ever joined the food coop? I'm more concerned by his willingness to listen to people who want to remove a bike lane that is making kids safe.

Bill, forget organic kale. Are you for or against kids on bikes getting hit by cars?
Feb. 7, 2013, 5:07 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
To anyone who says that Bill de Blasio is a plant of the NBBL, I could easily say the same as anyone for supporting the bike lanes as either a plant for Streetsblog or even Transportation Alternatives. I think that some need to look at why he said he opposes them, not how he does. Also, just because he tends to oppose bike lanes and pedestrian plazas, doesn't mean that he is against safe streets let alone safety itself, and I do thank him for saying what it really is about the Times Square Plaza. Speaking of such, I cannot believe how apathetic those Streetsbloggers were to think that the bus routes taken off Broadway there in their claim that it wasn't that big of deal when it would be to those who physically unable to walk up and down the stairs of a subway station. Of course they even made another myth about me, because I don't drive an SUV, I drive a 2012 Honda Civic that is both a compact car and energy efficient in fuel, plus at least people on that City Room article were happy about what I said there. Still, I highly doubt that bike lanes will be a big issue into wining the election when some that are much more major could be enough to help him. However, I am surprised to hear that bike zealots won't pick Quinn when she has been known as mini-Bloomberg and supports many of his ideas just like John McCain did for George W Bush.
Feb. 7, 2013, 10:31 pm
Gerry from Brooklyn says:
Good to know. Over 50 comments and the only person supporting de Blasio is some guy from Long Island who drives a Honda Civic.

It's the most brilliant parody account I've ever read!
Feb. 8, 2013, 10:21 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
My hometown is in Westchester County, not LI, and I suggest you start looking at a map sometimes.
Feb. 8, 2013, 10:27 am
Gerry's Sidekick from Brooklyn says:
Sorry, my mistake. I guess the plant where you sort recyclables all day is on Long Island.
Feb. 8, 2013, 6:54 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
That to is in the same county, so you are being 0-2 here on knowing about me.
Feb. 8, 2013, 9:21 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
It's no big surprise that de Blasio is a pandering creep on the bike lanes. He knows Quinn and Thompson are way ahead and needs an angle. This is nothing but a cheap way to get attention.

Speaking of which, Tal Barzilai -- since you're about as real as Manti Te'o dead girlfriend, why don't you bury the tired Pleasantville trolling persona and come out for real?
Feb. 8, 2013, 9:30 pm
Gerry from Brooklyn says:
Oh, I stand corrected. Then you're right, Tal!

It's totally ok for a guy in Westchester who never visits Brooklyn and who can't vote in the NYC election to tell us what to think. Good to know.
Feb. 9, 2013, 1:30 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Gerry, I have visited Brooklyn as well as many other parts of NYC in both the past and present. BTW, I am not forcing anyone who to vote for just because I believe in a certain candidate. If you want to vote for someone else, then be my guest, because I am not holding a gun at your head and saying, "Vote for this guy or I will blow your brains out!" As for Peter Engel, I don't use any social networks at all, so I wasn't Manti Te'o's girlfriend, though you probably did that yourself.
Feb. 9, 2013, 5:25 pm
Gentleman Jimbo from Greenwood Heights says:
"Vote for this guy or I will blow your brains out!" - there you have it folks, Tal is a terrorist! Hezbolah should be very scared.

Wait, you say, that's the opposite of what he said? Oh well, I'm sorry -- just trying to play on the same level as someone with Tal's intelligence. Sorry, my bad. Lesson: don't feed the troll.
Feb. 9, 2013, 7:47 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Bill DiBlasio is a complete phoney. His birth name was Warren Wilheim. He married a lesbian...and it just keeps getting worse (defending Israel is more important than the first amendment?) What kind of Park Sloper never joined the Park Slope Food Coop and is against bike lanes? Did his kid go to public school?
Feb. 13, 2013, 10:52 am
Josef from Clinton Hill says:
Eli - why didn't you call this tool out about his lies regarding the level of community input on bike lanes? What the deal?
Feb. 13, 2013, 1:39 pm

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