In times like these, we need a real race for Mayor.
The NYC mayoral contest is already overloaded with 30-second TV ads and 15-second sound bites. Mayor Bloomberg alone has spent more than $7.5 million on advertising.
If it's not too soon to spend that kind of money, then it's not too soon to start engaging directly with the people of New York City on the issues that matter to us.
Candidates Bill Thompson and Tony Avella have accepted our invitation to the Amsterdam News / El Diario-La Prensa / Working Families Party debate. Mayor Bloomberg is the only one we're waiting on.
Sign our petition to let the Mayor know it's time to talk:
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|Number||Date||Name||Add your personal message to Mayor Mike:|
|1178||May 25, 2010||Cecilio Simons||It's always good to hear the voices of the diverse communities. It can be a learning experience. Individually, you don't know everything or the solution to every problem. Collectively, though, with everyone's input, perhaps then a reasonable solution can be obtain. I think the spirit of a debate, aside from the name calling and degradation, should be to reach a common goal, to secure working solutions, to have options and, the very least, to give people the sense that you care about their plight, their struggles. Think about it. You're a businessman. You didn't become a businessman without networking. Networking is communication. It is a form of debating. It is the gathering and processing of information.|
|1177||November 20, 2009||Isham Jaysura|
|1176||October 13, 2009||Peter Di Paola||Candidates Bill Thompson and Tony Avella have accepted our invitation to the Amsterdam News / El Diario-La Prensa / Working Families Party debate. Mayor Bloomberg is the only one we're waiting on. What are you afraid of?|
|1175||August 21, 2009||beverly ellingwood|
|1174||June 21, 2009||Pedro Pizarro||Dear Mayor Bloomberg, I belive you owe the voters a debate. It's bad enough you bought off the city council, now face the people you so badly want to represent.|
|1173||June 06, 2009||Anonymous|
|1172||June 06, 2009||Anonymous|
|1171||August 07, 2009||Pierre-Andre Devaud|
|1170||May 27, 2009||Carley Broder|
|1169||May 25, 2009||Evans Thompson||Mayor Bloomberg, is afraid of regular people. He is especially afraid, of talking to intelligent people of color,especially, black people. He doesn't want blacks, hispanics, chinese, and other ethnicities, who would present challenges and competition, to his elitist ideology, for people like him. He is a detriment, to ordinary people, and he must go, or NYC, will turn into another Palestine, without the wall.|
|1168||May 24, 2009||Chris Jones|
|1167||May 22, 2009||NILSA MALAVE TOLEDO||If Mayor Bloomberg really cared about this city he would give US, the ones struggling every day to survive some of that money instead of mass mailings and BS commercials!|
|1166||May 21, 2009||Anonymous||A debate with all candidates running for mayor would give people a chance to see how each of them stands on the issues. I think it shows that our current mayor has no real or relevant ideas on how to help the poor and middle class. We are the ones who pay taxes and help the city run. However, the poor and middle class are the ones being squeezed the most. High taxes, high rents, high food prices and housing that is no longer affordable is what we had to put with during your tenure. Those stupid commercials and flyers you keep send? I see right through them. Prove to me that you are not a fraud and debate already!!|
|1165||May 18, 2009||Ned Overton|
|1164||May 17, 2009||Marcos Masri||can you give me . from the "$ 20 MILLION " that you spent already for trying to bey the people and the city. so i can pay me bills that i can't afford|
|1163||May 16, 2009||Anonymous||Lower rents, support small business, local artists, lower the price of public transportation, control developers, have the rich pay their fair share, etc. if you want my vote.|
|1162||May 15, 2009||Anonymous||Stop being a coward and debate.|
|1161||May 14, 2009||Jerome Rice||In the begining you fought to prevent then Mayor Gulianni from staying beyond his term, yet you want to stay an extra term. If you could get the job done in 8 then its too late. 8 is enough let others have the opportunity to lead.|
|1160||May 13, 2009||Alane Golden||For the "average Joe", life in NYC means one's back is constantly against the proverbial wall. Not only have salaries NOT increased at the same rate as rent hikes/cost of living increases, they've steadily DECREASED over your reign. In the current Great Depression II, New Yorker's incomes have further dwindled because of lack of work. In fact, beneath your watch, we're "enjoying" the highest unemployment rates in decades. Historic, indeed! Those surviving off of unemployment wages which haven't increased in over a decade are finding themselves about to lose even this meager assistance. Thanks to NY legislators not making the necessary changes to receive 100% paid federal funds for an unemployment extension, average New Yorkers are being squeezed to the MAXIMUM breaking point. We pay the HIGHEST taxes in the country to live in the MOST expensive city in America - no quality of life. As the cost of living - food, public transportation, utilities, &tc. - continues to skyrocket yearly, our wages are stagnant-to-non-existent. To put thins into perspective, adjusted for inflation, average NY'ers are simply drowning. We need a lifeline! Q: At this rate, who'll be left to teach, collect rubbish, drive taxis & in general, to serve you & your uber-wealthy friends (who will be the ONLY people who can afford to live in your fair city)? A: NOBODY! NYC has reached the critical level of folding faster than Bernie Madoff's colossal ponze scheme. At least he & his friends had a great 30 year ride! Besides wasting $7.5 million dollars convincing us things are rosy, what, exactly, have you, Mr. Bloomberg, done to help NY'ers nowhere near enjoying your wealth & privilege? Wall Street's had their bailout, what about the PEOPLE!? You SHOULD be afraid, because we see straight through you. No wonder you're on a spending spree! You might well be one of the few New Yorker's left who can afford to be. Your hijacking of the electoral process & arrogant, egomaniacal bid would be a joke if people's very lives weren't at stake. Must be nice to be able to blow through a cool $7 million. Think about the same constituents in which you refuse to engage who can not afford to buy food the next time you sign off on another PR campaign blitz. Signed, Drowning in the NYC rat-race.|
|1159||May 12, 2009||Jess Tanner Wisker|
|1158||May 12, 2009||Jen Lopez|
|1157||May 11, 2009||Anonymous||and at least register as a independent for the ballot!|
|1156||May 11, 2009||Joanne Gruber||Mr. Mayor, I think that Errol Louis's City column in the May 3, 2009, Daily News said it all very well. I would just add that I find your "Five Borough" ad campaign light on actual substance; within just a few pages in the print version, the same ideas for innovations are mentioned more than once, and none of them are presented with any specifics.|
|1155||May 10, 2009||joann santos|
|1154||May 10, 2009||joann santos|