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Can a Takedown of the Bloomberg Era Resonate With NYC Voters?

After 12 years of dramatic development, falling crime, and improved amenities for many New Yorkers, can a Mayoral candidate win by focusing on the city's failings - namely its growing inequality - and promising 'a major reset'.

"Now that Anthony D. Weiner’s campaign has imploded, Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, is drawing new energy and voter interest to a candidacy that presents the most sweeping rejection of what New York City has become in the past 12 years — a city, he says, that is defined by its yawning inequities," writes Michael Barbaro.

“'We are not, by our nature, an elitist city,' he told a group of young Democrats a few nights ago at a cramped bar in Brooklyn. 'We are not a city for the chosen few.'”

"It is the campaign season’s riskiest calculation: that New Yorkers, who have become comfortably accustomed to the smooth-running, highly efficient apparatus of government under Michael R. Bloomberg, are prepared to embrace a much different agenda for City Hall — taxing the rich, elevating the poor and rethinking a Manhattan-centric approach to city services."

Full Story: De Blasio Asks City to Address Its Inequalities

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