Lew's View: Mayor de Blasio's missteps

Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.


In this commentary, Mr. Leone talks about Mayor de Blasio's missteps and low poll numbers.


Mayor Bill de Blasio's first poll numbers are out and they have to be a disappointment for a politician who won in a landslide election although it was a record low voter turnout.

From the beginning it has been somewhat of an amateur hour with numerous miscues like bungling snow removal, school closings, violating traffic rules and de Blasio standard time, which is a least 30 minutes late to everything.

On top of all the missteps is the fact that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come out against him publicly on every major issue and schooled him with smack-downs on taxes for pre-K as well as his position on charter schools.

And finally de Blasio's nemesis -- Success Charter school leader Eva Moscowitz -- is crushing him in a public relations war over the "eviction" and displacement of 194 of students in a Harlem middle school.

As the public advocate and a candidate, de Blasio was happy to appear on Good Day New York to plead his case. As mayor, he has refused to appear on our show.

He has however appeared on a national broadcast of the Today Show to crack jokes with Al Roker over not closing schools during a massive snowstorm.

On the other hand, the tough but very likable Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina was brave enough to sit down with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto to have an open, honest and very frank discussion on public education.

Ironically that same morning, de Blasio and co-mayor Chirlene sat down with some very friendly parent bloggers to answer softball questions about New York City schools.

Chancellor Farina has said she will be back on Good Day New York to update us on education matters. One wonders if the mayor would be wise to follow her lead and address these issues that affect so many citizens of New York City.

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