And this is why the Democrats are in such bad shape, old outdated leadership. With one of the worst mayors in New York City and so far not one Democrat has the balls to go against this asshole whose Vision Zero has been a bust, his handling of the homeless situation has been dismal and he has shit all over Queens (we do have a asshole Borough President with no balls to stand up to him) by dumping homeless shelter after homeless shelter in almost every hood, but of course not Forest Hills.
So Tony, don’t weigh your option, just go for it. NYC cannot have another four years of such an out of touch mayor. Queens voters, you can make a difference, but then we have seen what Queens voters have done in the dirty crooked SE Queens area (Smith, Wills, Scarborough, Huntley, Meeks, Spigner, Comrie).
From Queens Times Ledger:
Avella weighs run for mayor
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is considering the possibility of running for mayor next year.
Avella, who served as an aide to Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, says while he currently isn’t planning on announcing a run or starting a campaign at this time, he is certainly testing whether the support is there. Avella served as a councilman from 2002-2009 representing the 19th District, which covers parts of College Point, Whitestone and Bayside. He ran for mayor in 2009 but lost and has been the state senator of the 11th District since 2010. He announced his run for Queens borough president in 2012 but dropped out of the race in 2013.
The senator has been openly critical of de Blasio. In 2015 he was quoted by the New York Post as saying:
“The mayor’s close staff are very arrogant and not responsive,” he said “I personally believe we have an absentee mayor.”
While nothing is yet confirmed, Avella says he has been encouraged by constituents to run.
“It’s no secret that Senator Avella (and most of Queens) is not happy with the current mayoral administration and their policies,” a spokesman for Avella said “There’s also been a growing wave of encouragement from Queens expressing their desire for Senator Avella to enter the primary field which the senator is recognizing.”
With the 2016 presidential contest over, New York political junkies awaiting a City Hall race next year with the same level of intensity have been sorely disappointed. No serious candidates have even signaled their intentions to run.
Democrat De Blasio has some serious achievements — universal pre-K, record-low crime, an ambitious affordable-housing plan — but also vulnerabilities, like sky-high homelessness and numerous investigations into his fund-raising.
As an exercise in democracy, the Daily News asked four top campaign strategists how they would take on the mayor, and how they would scrape away at his support.
They all agreed the time to jump in is narrowing, but felt he could be toppled — with the right strategy.
“Look at Donald Trump,” said Bradley Tusk, a former Michael Bloomberg campaign manager who is openly pushing for a candidate to challenge de Blasio.
“He didn’t have anything besides a message.”
Tusk’s message around a de Blasio challenge would be “corruption, laziness and incompetence.”
“Other than that he’s great,” he deadpanned.
De Blasio’s gym habits — which include late-morning trips to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park YMCA on work days — would be featured prominently in Tusk’s campaign.
The mayor’s aides say he is in constant communication with his staff, even at the gym, but Tusk doesn’t think New Yorkers are buying it.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say, ‘Why is he at the gym at 10 o’clock on a Tuesday morning?’” said Tusk, who has formed a group, NYC Deserves Better, to try to unseat de Blasio.
Hank Sheinkopf, a political strategist going back some five decades to when John Lindsay was mayor, said the key is to find a “visionary” candidate not above taking jabs at de Blasio.
He said he’d run a commercial with his candidate that asked, “Do you really think the mayor ought to be fighting with the governor?”
“I’d say, ‘I’m the guy who wants to make sure Albany works with us and not against us,’” he said.
De Blasio still polls high with black voters — his base — but Sheinkopf thinks a substantial number of Caribbean New Yorkers could be peeled away for a primary win.
He’d also target whites, specifically East Side Manhattan Dems, non-Orthodox Jews and “Queens Catholics,” he said.
The mayor recently angered many in the middle-class Maspeth, Queens, community with his plans, since scuttled, for a homeless shelter at a Holiday Inn there.
Voters like that are “less concerned about social issues and more concerned with management issues,” said Sheinkopf.
Susan Del Percio, a Republican strategist who has worked for both Gov. Cuomo and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as Joe Lhota’s 2013 City Hall bid, said management would be a key issue for her as well.
She said the “chatter” around de Blasio — like his frequent trips to the gym and his penchant for tardiness early in his administration — should be harnessed into the message, “He’s not working hard enough for us.”
“Go after his management and his lack of results on issues like homelessness,” she said.
Another key issue would be the investigations into his fund-raising.
No one in his inner circle has been charged, and de Blasio is adamant that no one will be because there was no wrongdoing.
But the investigations have generated numerous embarrassing headlines for City Hall, which Del Percio said should be used in a campaign commercial.
“Just do a pileup of headlines,” she said.
The message behind those ads would be, “We can’t trust him,” she said.
A Democratic consultant, who didn’t want to be named, said an entire campaign could be run on the message, “De Blasio is focused on everything else except you.”
He’d run commercials that show the mayor in Iowa — where he unsuccessfully tried to run a White House forum that wascanceled because no candidates would go — with his donors, and highlighting the investigations.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a mayor focused on you?” would be the tag line for each commercial.
Phil Walzak, one of de Blasio’s top advisers, brushed aside the criticisms against the mayor as campaign trash talk.
“The people of New York want to know they have someone fighting for them, and this mayor does that every day,” he said.
Knocks on his management skills, he said, are ridiculous, pointing to his achievements in affordable housing and enacting universal pre-K as proof.
Of pre-K, he said, “That’s classrooms, teachers, a curriculum, and this (the program) is larger than many big-city school systems. That’s a management success.”
Walzak dismissed the notion that the mayor’s gym time interferes with his work.
“This is a man who is working a 24/7 job. He’s up early in the morning, late at night, he’s working weekends, doing the job that needs to be done and fighting for the concerns and needs of everyday New Yorkers,” he said.
It remains to be seen if anyone will challenge the mayor.
At this point in the mayoral election cycle in 2012, all of the major candidates had at least unofficially signaled their intentions to run, and a few — notably then-Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer — had announced they were dropping out.
That campaign was for an open mayoral seat. De Blasio is running as an incumbent, which gives him an advantage.
Voters usually don’t throw out an incumbent unless there is a crisis or an extreme situation that makes people lose faith, like the Crown Heights riots that helped oust Mayor David Dinkins after just one term.
De Blasio’s approval ratings, though still under the 50% mark, have also begun to inch up.
Currently, now-Controller Stringer and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., both Democrats, are eyeing the job, but neither has committed. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) is also considering a run.
Kevin Sheekey, a former deputy mayor under Republican-turned-independent Michael Bloomberg, publicly flirted with the idea of running but told The News last week he was not going to.
For his part, de Blasio says he is unconcerned about a challenge. He recently cited advice he gave his son, Dante, years ago as his Little League coach as applicable to his campaign.
“Don’t worry how the other team plays, play your game the right way, go out there and play your game hard,” he said.