Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bill de Blasio on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Here are some of the Public Advocates views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

SOTU AG Schneiderman

"The fact that the President is putting him in such a position of leadership, speaks volumes to the President's commitment on the issue, but also says Schneiderman, who was kind of the rebel on this issue ultimately won the day."

Teacher Evaluations

"I was disappointed in the Mayors speech. I think the Mayor after 10 years has sort of re declared war on the UFT. I could not understand why that was productive. I think we'll get there bluntly, but I don't think it's gonna be because the Mayor had a tantrum during his speech."

Pension Reform

"The way to do that is with labor. I've talked to a number of labor leaders, and they have substantive ideas on ways to move forward, that would save money. I think that's the conversation that gets things done."

Fingerprints for Food Stamps

"This administration is continuing a Giuliani practice, and I have to call it like it is. It's a Giuliani era practice, it is the kind of thing Rudy used to love to do, tough on the poor and Michael Bloomberg should know better, for whatever strange reason, he will not move off it, and I think that the fact that the Governor called him out on it, this should be the break point, but the Mayor keeps holding on to this really inhumane practice."

Minimum Wage Increase

"I was glad the Mayor called for an increase in the minimum wage, I bluntly, it sounded like a pretty minimal increase in the minimum wage, and I use the term responsible. I thought WOW, I want to know more about that, but I'm glad he sees that we have to address that problem, you know he continues to be very negative on living wage and paid sick leave. They're just fundamentally good ideas, but I don't expect the Mayor to hear that, or want to respond."