StreetsPAC Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor

With the Democratic primary a week away, StreetsPAC, NYC’s first-ever livable streets political action committee, today endorsed Bill de Blasio to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor.

Bill de Blasio. Photo: ##http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20111211/POLITICS/312119988##Crain's##

The group cited de Blasio’s commitment to the expansion of the city’s bike lane network and bike-share, improving bus service outside Manhattan, and dramatically reducing traffic injuries and deaths.

“Bill understands how important biking, walking and transit are to the future of New York City,” said StreetsPAC founding board member Steve Vaccaro, via a press release. “He knows that safe streets are no accident and he has promised to wage an aggressive campaign to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by motor-vehicle crashes. Bill is committed to working with communities to expand the benefits of better bus service, pedestrian-safety measures and improved and connected biking across all five boroughs as mayor. StreetsPAC supports his progressive, equitable vision.”

StreetsPAC distributed questionnaires to mayoral candidates, and conducted interviews with de Blasio and Christine Quinn. The group told Dana Rubinstein at Capital New York that Bill Thompson, who unveiled his auto-centric transportation plans in August, returned the StreetsPAC questionnaire, but “didn’t show up” for an interview. Republican frontrunners Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis did not return the questionnaire.

“The fact that [Quinn and de Blasio] were willing to meet with us shortly before the election and Thompson wasn’t told us that Thompson wasn’t taking us seriously, and wasn’t taking transportation as seriously as a campaign issue as de Blasio and Quinn were,” said Eric McClure, another founding board member, to CapNY.

Ultimately, StreetsPAC chose de Blasio over Quinn based on the scope of his transpo platform, which includes a pledge to adopt a “Vision Zero” approach to street safety.

“[H]e of all the candidates has the most quantifiable, measurable goals for how he is going to increase the safety and [livability] of city streets,” said founding board member Doug Gordon.

Said de Blasio, in a statement that accompanied the StreetsPAC announcement: “This is part of the bedrock of making New York City more sustainable, more livable and safer for every family. We’re going to make sure that neighborhoods that have waited for change on their streets have it, and we’ll make sure New York City remains an innovator of ways to make biking, walking and public transit safer and more accessible to every single New Yorker.”

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Vaccaro- are the candidates’ responses to the questionnaire
    available to view? I can’t find them on the StreetsPac website.
    Thanks!

  • StreetsPAC sent us the candidate survey responses and we’ll be posting them shortly.

  • Anonymous

    Great! Thanks.

  • chuck

    Sorry – all de Blasio has is promises backed up by a lousy record of kowtowing to big money developers (Ratner, Atlantic Yards) and backward-thinking old guard politicians (NBBL).

    Why on earth should we believe his “evolution” on critical issues — an evolution that’s only as old as his election campaign?!

    Quinn is the devil we know.

    C:

  • chuck

    Sorry – all de Blasio has is promises backed up by a lousy record of kowtowing to big money developers (Ratner, Atlantic Yards) and backward-thinking old guard politicians (NBBL).

    Why on earth should we believe his “evolution” on critical issues — an evolution that’s only as old as his election campaign?!

    Quinn is the devil we know.

    C:

  • chuck

    Sorry – all de Blasio has is promises backed up by a lousy record of kowtowing to big money developers (Ratner, Atlantic Yards) and backward-thinking old guard politicians (NBBL).

    Why on earth should we believe his “evolution” on critical issues — an evolution that’s only as old as his election campaign?!

    Quinn is the devil we know.

    C:

  • Bolwerk

    That may well be, but I’m not too comfortable with drawing the conclusion that community board = community input. The board is comprised of a subset of people who are willing, available, and aware of community boards.

  • Michael Lewyn

    I wish StreetsPAC had paid more attention to the Republican primary. Even if the Republicans didn’t return the questionaire, all three of them have made public statements of relevance to bike/pedestrian issues.

  • Anonymous

    You could write in Bloomberg.

  • Anonymous

    “[Quinn] was more animated about parking meter grace times and overly zealous ticking than she ever was about plazas, bike lanes or bike share.”

    Read: pandering.

  • Anonymous

    Must express my admiration to “s” for weaving into his comment an allusion to the infamous Rule Against Perpetuities (measuring likely length of PPW controversy by the life of Dante’s unborn son). Are you a lawyer?! 🙂

  • chuck

    Sadly replying to my own post, but really – how can we believe de Blasio? Have we no memory? WNYC has a refresher here:

    http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/sep/05/de-blasios-support-atlantic-yards-helped-old-ally/

    C:

  • chuck

    Sadly replying to my own post, but really – how can we believe de Blasio? Have we no memory? WNYC has a refresher here:

    http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/sep/05/de-blasios-support-atlantic-yards-helped-old-ally/

    C:

  • Anonymous

    I should have written in Janette Sadik-Kahn.

  • Bolwerk

    And, because they hate our freedom, all three of them should be defeated at all costs!

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