Bill de Blasio appeared on Ken Fisher’s television show in a segment slated to air February 16th and he said the mayor failed in comparison to other heads of the city of recent vintage when it comes to navigating neighborhood needs, even saying that Bloomberg fell short of the Giuliani standard.
“One part of the job is that hands-on piece. And I didn’t get along with Rudy Giuliani at all, but he was good at the hands-on piece. I think Ed Koch was good at it. I think Fiorello LaGuardia was the template, the exemplar of that,” De Blasio said. “I think Bloomberg is the farthest from that tradition. That’s a problem.”
De Blasio, of course, would like himself to one be listed in that line-up of great New York City mayors.
In another piece of the interview sent around in a preview, De Blasio reiterates his opposition to Wal-Mart, and speculates that even though the site where the store wants to build is as-of-right, no developer would want to build it in the face of widespread political opposition.