…But the next mayor is unlikely to be a policy entrepreneur in the way Bloomberg was an “education mayor” and thus the scope and depth of previous education reforms will be difficult to abrogate. While the efficacy of Mayoral control is being debated broadly, three potential policy changes in the next Administration may portend significant transformations to the sprawling and often unwieldy system.
Anthony Weiner’s entry into the New York City mayoral race raises interesting questions about how politicians can recover from controversy. But since the days of the Roman Republic, candidates have shown that they can effectively manage the negative aftermath and regain at least some of their former stature.
President Obama’s rare public display of exasperation and animus after the defeat of bipartisan gun control in the Senate was unmistakable. He could only bemoan the handful of senators — four of them Democrats — derailing the hopes of 90 percent of America.
Basil Smikle Jr., President and Founder, is a political and policy analyst recognized as a staunch advocate of public service and education equality. He is widely regarded as part of the next generation of leaders and was featured in the L.A. Times as “Harlem’s New Political Elite”. City Hall Magazine named him one of 50 rising stars in New York Politics in the first year the list was compiled.