My opinion is we are basically looking at the best mayoral candidate NY has seen in decades.
New Yorker excerpt -
A hint of de Blasio’s pro-business stance can be found in a telling
speech on economic development that he gave in late July at New York
University’s Wagner School of Public Service. In the fifty-minute
address, de Blasio presented his four-point plan to spur job growth and
increase the city’s affordable-housing stock. His first bullet point:
He referred to the Gowanus Canal project with Toll Brothers and two
other controversial construction projects in Brooklyn he supported, at
Atlantic Yards and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
In 2006, he backed the massive Atlantic Yards project, which used
eminent domain to build the nineteen-thousand-seat Barclays Center in
Prospect Heights. The developer, Bruce Ratner, promised affordable
housing but has yet to build it. At Brooklyn Bridge Park, he pushed for
luxury housing, despite objections from neighborhood advocacy groups
that said the condos would create an affluent and insulated community in
one of the Brooklyn waterfront’s prime public spaces.
“We can’t afford a process rife with delays, subject to knee-jerk NIMBYism and tangled in bureaucracy,” de Blasio told the students, sounding not
all that different from the man he was trying to replace.