New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been in office only since January, but he’s already turning the city in “the wrong direction,” former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said today.
Giuliani, the two-term Republican mayor dubbed “America’s mayor” after 9/11 put him in the national spotlight, said in radio interview that Democrat de Blasio’s policies emphasize dependency and big government, while having “less emphasis on very well-managed government,” reports the New York Daily News.
De Blasio’s predecessor, Republican Michael Bloomberg, had the city “on a very good course,” Giuliani told WNYM radio host John Catsimatidis, a grocery store magnate who ran against de Blasio.
De Blasio’s approach “seems to be moving the city in the wrong direction,” Giuliani said, pointing to “the desire to raise taxes – the city is the most heavily taxed city in the country.
Giuliani said de Blasio has chosen to embrace public schools over charter schools, when he should be expanding charters instead.
“I helped to start the (charter) movement and then Mike Bloomberg really expanded it,” said Giuliani. “What I support are alternatives to a public education system in New York City that is failing our children.”
But instead, de Blasio is “at war” with charter schools, a position Giuliani does not support.
The former mayor also said de Blasio’s proposed ban on carriage horses is “foolishness,” because the carriages are “one of the reasons” tourists come to visit.
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