Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tom Allon on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, Tom Allon who is a newspaper publisher and a candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2013. Here are some of Tom's views on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Christine Quinn

"I think she hasn't shown enough independence from the Mayor. I think she's deserved the nickname Deputy Mayor for the City Council. She made a mistake on term limits, she's made numerous mistakes on slush funds, she continues to make mistakes in doling out pork to her members, there's been 2 billion dollars spent over the last couple of years in member items, which I think are wasted money."

"I think she plays small ball. I think the recent living wage bill was a mistake it affected 500 workers it was purely a political pandering play. What she should be doing is focusing on getting the minimum wage bill passed in the state legislature and lobbying for that, that will affect hundreds of thousands of people not 500 people, so I think Christine Quinn is unfortunately, I think she set out and I've known Christine for many years. I think she set out with good intentions and like many politicians, she got sort of eaten up by the system and her eagerness to move up the ladder of political success, I think has compromised her of her principles."

Education

"One of my ideas is to sell the land above schools, the air rights above schools, to developers in exchange for them rebuilding the schools and making them 21st century schools and not 19th century schools."

"I was a member of the UFT in 1986 and 87 unions can do good things and unions can do things that are less than good."

Liberal Party

"An even larger goal that I have than being Mayor is to bring the Liberal Party back and to give New Yorkers and alternative, because the Democratic Party has lost its way in many ways, its become a one party town in some respects, many times you have a primary for Democrats and that's the whole election. The Liberal Party was created to keep the Democratic Party honest and the Republicans liberal."

“I can guarantee you I’ll be the best writer as mayor that the city has ever seen. I write for the Huffington Post twice a week. I speak well. I’m articulate. I have been in media and communications for 25 years. So everything that I’ve done has prepared me for this race.”