Mayor Bill de Blasio says New Yorkers have a lot to be proud of in their city but is aware of a perception that the city is moving back toward the more dangerous times of the 1980s and 1990s.
De Blasio touted some of his administration’s accomplishments in an opinion piece published on Sunday in the Daily News. He promised he would “never allow the quality of life in New York City to erode.”
“We are delivering results on the challenges before us, and making real progress on the promises we have made,” the mayor wrote. “Yet despite these successes, there are some issues that have New Yorkers concerned and that command our attention.”
“To be sure, many of these concerns have been overblown by hyperbolic pundits and right-wing politicians with an ideological axe to grind,” he argued. “Some are in a rush to convince people that the city is on the slippery slope back to the ‘bad old days.’ The stats and figures show just how categorically false and misleading these fearmongering attacks really are.”
“And this much is certain: Under my watch, New York City is never going back to those days. But there are legitimate worries from New Yorkers, and I take these concerns seriously.”
A Quinnipiac University poll early in August found an increase in the percentage of residents who disapprove of his job performance as well as only about one-third of those surveyed saying their quality of life is “good” or “very good.”