Party Matters, And Bloomberg Is A Republican
October 25th, 2005
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reelection campaign is built on a central idea: it is his ideas, not his party affiliation, that matters.
But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer argues that there are at least five critical issues where parties matter in the race between Republican Michael Bloomberg and Democrat Fernando Ferrer.
The issues are:
1. Healthcare Security Act. The City Council recently passed a law requiring large grocery stores to provide health insurance. Bloomberg opposes it; Ferrer supports it.
2. Lead paint. The mayor vetoed more stringent regulations passed by the City Council; Ferrer supports them.
3. Taxes. Ferrer wants to tax the rich with a stock transfer tax and vacant land tax; Bloomberg’s property tax was focused at the middle class homeowners.
4. Home Health Aides. Ferrer has offered to help the city’s home health aides, who make below poverty line wages and get no benefits. Bloomberg turned down the request, and Ferrer got the endorsement of the health care union.
5. Inclusionary Zoning. Ferrer supports mandatory inclusionary zoning, which would require developers to build affordable housing. The mayor favors negotiating with developers individually and offering tax subsidies to encourage affordable housing.
“Classically, the Republican, Mayor Bloomberg believes in less regulation on business to help the working class,” Lehrer writes. “The Democrat, Ferrer, believes in more. Decide for yourself which approach you prefer. But don’t tell me this race has no issues, or no parties.”By Mark Berkey-Gerard on October 25, 2005, 11:09 am
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