New York City has a new Mayor! Bill de Blasio is the 109th brave soul to take the helm after the tenure of Michael Bloomberg. He is the first Democrat in two decades to lead the city, and he won in part based on his promise to close the income disparity chasm. In his words:
New York has faced fiscal collapse, a crime epidemic, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. But now, in our time, we face a different crisis an inequality crisis. It’s not often the stuff of banner headlines in our daily newspapers. It’s a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before.
If you doubt his agenda, check out the documentary Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. When I am walking the streets of New York with my camera I see many homeless, like the folks sleeping on the steps of the church in the image today. Unfortunately, it’s not just NYC that has a problem. While I know all politicians have agendas, promises, and good intentions, I also know that to successfully address many of our big problems require system-level changes beyond one person. Hopefully Bill can rally the troops and improve some things. I wish him all the best.