De Blasio Biographer Plots Mayor’s Pragmatism

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for reelection this fall, and everyone seems to be drawing comparisons. Republican Nicole Malliotakis is comparing de Blasio to Mayor David Dinkins, who was in office when the city’s crime rate was highest. De Blasio is comparing Malliotakis to Donald Trump, the man she voted for. And Independent candidate Bo Dietl keeps calling de Blasio “Big Bird”.

Now Hunter College Public Policy professor Joseph Viteritti is jumping in with a new book, comparing Bill de Blasio to past Mayors of New York. It is called “The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York,” and it looks at the city’s history of progressive politics while examining the life and times of Bill de Blasio.

Viteritti joins us today to talk about the provocative title, which mayor de Blasio is most like, and the defining ethos of New York City: “Give the Poor Guy a Break.”

I’m City & State Staff Reporter Jeff Coltin, and this is the City & State Presents Podcast.

C&S Events: Fireside Chat with Betty Rosa & MaryEllen Elia

At our On Education event, held Wednesday, August 16, City & State brought together leaders in education, government, advocacy and business to discuss current issues regarding schools, testing, evaluations and more.

As part of this event, City & State editor-in-chief Jon Lentz sat down for a chat with New York State Board of Regents chancellor Betty Rosa and New York State Education commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

We bring this interview to you in full here on this podcast.