We endorsed him early in the race for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that he had a deep understanding of the important role the outer borough voices play in making our city great.
Although many consider his first term as mayor a success for issues like universal pre-K and Vision Zero, we see negatives in his leadership.
For one, his handling of the homeless issue leaves us scratching our head. Using hotels as shelters that are far away from public transportation is a mistake, yet his administration continued to insist that was the way to go.
The city subway system is a mess, with consistent delays turning the average commute into a daily nightmare. Driving a car into Manhattan is a risk few would take these days. Are we really better off now than we were when de Blasio took office? We don’t think so.
Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis, an assemblywoman from Staten island who has billed herself as the candidate for diversity, seems to have come from nowhere recently to make a name for herself in those “unfortunate” debates.
Not much to go on with her record, but until you are in the driver’s seat, we just can’t tell. But we can't in good conscience urge you to cast your vote for the current mayor.