Sassy grandma to de Blasio: “Buddy you are out!”
After several months in a non-stop COVID crisis, an increasingly edgy New York City Council will be holding a no-confidence vote on Mayor Bill de Blasio, says the council’s speaker.
“Clearly there are people on both sides of the aisle that are fed up with this administration, and I want to be clear that I am extraordinarily frustrated as well,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Thursday.
No date has been set for a vote, as the council is busy with budgetary matters. It is expected that the vote is still a few weeks out.
Last summer the police union voted no-confidence on both de Blasio and then-NYD commissioner James O’Neill. O’Neill resigned several months later.
“Patrick Lynch, the longtime president of the [police union], said in a statement that ‘for years, Commissioner O’Neill has cravenly acquiesced to the mayor and his anti-cop allies,’” NBC News reported last year about the vote.
It’s safe to say that things have not improved in New York City since then. The city faces its worst crisis since 9/11 — perhaps its biggest crisis since the Civil War– and it’s badly flunking the test.
New York City has led the list of failures since the start of the worldwide COVID outbreak. The city has seen a sad funeral cortege of 24,661 COVID deaths—tops in the nation.
Mix racial tension and disaffected cops into this mess, and it amounts to the same type of governing crisis that elected Rudi Giuliani, after a “disengaged and ineffectual” David Dinkins made race issues more important than government in 1989.
“People had simply written New York off,” Fred Siegel, a Giuliani strategist said. “There was a sense that it was finished. It was the ungovernable city. And [Giuliani] didn’t buy that. He had a sense of how it could be made governable again – and he achieved it, which is quite extraordinary.”
There is a similar feeling that de Blasio’s New York is ungovernable as well.
A Twitter video from NYC Scanner shows video of gangs– or protesters– squaring off, firing handheld fireworks or flares at each other.
“Welcome to the Middle East. Joking. It’s DeBlasio’s NYC. #DefundThePolice @NYCMayor @NYPDnews,” says the caption.
Amidst the pandemonium, de Blasio has been videoed doing a photo op with “trees” in New York city — looking disengaged and ineffectual. But voters are angry.
“Buddy, you are out!” says one sassy grandma.
It certainly looks like the city council thinks so, too.
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