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Elections Roundup: De Blasio’s Vision; Weiner On Business; UFT

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jun 19, 2013

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has released a 71-page policy book titled “One New York, Rising Together" that outlines dozens of ideas on everything from job creation to the humane treatment of animals. In the introduction, De Blasio once again strikes his campaign theme of New York City as two cities: one for the wealthy and one for the poor.

As mayor, I’ll spend every waking moment fighting to bring opportunity to every New Yorker — with a plan to create jobs in all five boroughs; a dramatic expansion of affordable housing and accessible health care; increasing taxes on the wealthy to fund early childhood and after-school programs; and building police-community relations that keep everyone safer.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, one of De Blasio’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, tried to sell himself to the business community yesterday. At a meeting of an Upper West Side business improvement district, he pitched his own policy book, "Keys To The City." Crain’s New York Business reports that Weiner:

… said he wants to make it easier for small business owners to pay citations with his “mobile adjudicator" van initiative, he wants to streamline the process of forming a business improvement district and a launch website he would call ShopNYC.com, which would promote neighborhood businesses by pointing online consumers to a local option for shopping.

Meanwhile, the United Federation of Teachers is expected to announce its endorsement in the mayoral race later this afternoon. The New York Daily News is betting that former Comptroller Bill Thompson will get the highly coveted endorsement. The New York Times takes a look at the union’s muscle in the mayoral race.

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