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De Blasio departs from District 10 race; Says he’s ‘leaving electoral politics’

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | With polls showing voters even less than blah about Bill de Blasio — actually strongly opposed to him winning election — the former mayor has dropped out of the running for District 10.

In a video tweeted early Tuesday afternoon, de Blasio announced he was bowing out of the Aug. 23 Democratic primary election for the congressional district.

In the video, filmed on a quiet, tree-lined street — perhaps in Park Slope, where he owns a building — de Blasio said it was clear that the district’s voters are “looking for another option.”

“Time for me to leave electoral politics and focus on other ways to serve,” stated text posted along with the video tweet.

Polling, including by de Blasio’s campaign, had shown the former two-term mayor little traction in the newly drawn district, which includes Manhattan south of 14th Street, as well as parts of Brooklyn, like Park Slope, that de Blasio had previously represented as a city councilmember.

Other candidates running in the crowded field, such as Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou and Councilmember Carlina Rivera, have been polling higher in the left-leaning district. There are more than a dozen people running for the District 10 seat.

When de Blasio — with his obviously high name recognition — first announced that he was running for the seat, it was headline news.

However, de Blasio created strong ill will in the Manhattan part of the district by ramming through a number of large-scale contentious schemes, including the Soho/Noho rezoning, the East Side Coastal Resiliency plan and the Chinatown “megajail,” as well as the Haven Green senior housing project at the Elizabeth Street Garden, among others.

In his final days as mayor, Bill de Blasio made sure to push through the start of the East Side Coastal Resiliency plan, which has already felled hundreds of mature adult trees in East River Park. (Image by The Village Sun)

Last summer, when rowdy, late-night parties were rocking Washington Square Park to the chagrin of frustrated neighbors, de Blasio was said to have personally made the calls on a nightly basis on whether or not to have police enact the park’s midnight curfew.

His pushing through of the W. 14th Street busway also alienated many Village and Chelsea residents, who, depending where they lived, either feared the loss of their curbside access along 14th Street or a flood of car traffic redirected onto their sidestreets.

On another high-profile local issue, the mayor was dogged by seeming inertia and lack of follow-through. When he was running for reelection to a second term as mayor, de Blasio pledged at a Lower East Side town hall meeting that the city would try to reaquire the long-vacant old P.S. 64 building on E. Ninth Street, the former CHARAS/El Bohio. He subsequently blamed the owner, developer Gregg Singer, for being unresponsive and uncooperative, but Singer’s side said it was de Blasio who refused to engage in talks. Today the building continues to sit idle and has more recently been the site of the “Anarchy Row” homeless encampment, to boot.

In addition, beyond campaign polling, de Blasio was not exactly lighting the world on fire among the leading Democratic political clubs covering the district’s Manhattan part. In fact, he was shut out, not winning the endorsement of a single Downtown club.

The Downtown Independent Democrats endorsed Brooklyn Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. The New Downtown Democrats have endorsed Niou. The United Democratic Organization and Coalition for a District Alternative are both backing Rivera. Dan Goldman has the support of the Village Independent Democrats. And in the latest club endorsement, this Monday the Grand Street Democrats gave their nod to Mondaire Jones.

Tellingly, at the V.I.D. endorsement meeting, de Blasio did not win a single vote. His name was barely mentioned — if at all — during club members’ pre-vote speeches on behalf of their favored candidates.


  1. John m Wetherhold John m Wetherhold July 21, 2022

    There is no way to rehabilitate him. His actions on the busway alone showed his arrogance and total disregard for the residents of the district. He says he will find other ways to serve — the only person he has ever served is himself.

    Very good riddance. Hope we never hear from him again.

  2. Lora Tenenbaum Lora Tenenbaum July 21, 2022

    De Blasio was no friend to the seniors, mostly artists, living in SoHo & NoHo…and Chinatown. His upzoning set the stage for those in rent-stabilized live-work quarters & in tenement apartments to be displaced. It removed the safety net of seniors who have little income or cash, but own live-work lofts whose value rose over decades based not only on economic forces but also their own sweat equity. All for a false narrative of “affordable” housing. In actuality, he helped the real estate & developer interests steal our community from us.

    Sadly, the leading contender, Carlina Rivera, gleefully joined in that cabal. No wonder she has so many donations from real estate & developer interests.

    • Renée Monrose Renée Monrose July 21, 2022

      Well said, Lora, and right on point.
      De Blasio was funded by and beholden to developers. At the tail end of his administration, he rammed through the SoHo-NoHo-Chinatown upzoning and threatened all three neighborhoods with massive displacement. We are now trying to mitigate the damage. De Blasio’s MIH program for affordable housing is a proven failure. It needs a complete overhaul. That will not happen if Rivera takes his place because she is funded by the same people.
      Unless you want de Blasio 2.0 in Congress, DO NOT VOTE FOR Carlina Rivera.

  3. jane heil jane heil July 20, 2022

    Yes, almost as soon as de Blasio got into office, he raised the ceiling to $50,000 a year income for seniors to be eligible for rent protections. That was huge. He was a real friend to older New Yorkers.

    Jane Heil

  4. Mary Reinholz Mary Reinholz July 20, 2022

    This is exceptionally biased one-sided coverage that even mocks Bill de Blasio’s name in what should be a straightforward news story about the former mayor exiting the Democratic primary in the redrawn tenth congressional district. You attack him (with a garish cartoon) as “tree-kill Bill” for promoting the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan but say nothing about his universal pre-K program, which he started in his first term as mayor, and has since been widely emulated, or his efforts to strengthen protections for rent-regulated tenants or his controversial dealings with the NYPD over Stop and Frisk, for starters. De Blasio had progressive politics and made mistakes, as he admitted, in bowing out of the congressional race. It’s a shame that you couldn’t have provided some semblance of fairness and balance in your disparaging commentary about a two-term Democratic mayor.

    • The Village Sun The Village Sun Post author | July 20, 2022

      Mary, you are absolutely right. De Blasio was definitely in tenants’ corner, calling for full or partial rent freezes a number of times during his tenure. Yes, pre-K was widely hailed and is a citywide issue. The article focused on some issues and projects specifically in District 10’s Manhattan part that a significant number of voters were not happy with.

  5. Silent Rebel Silent Rebel July 20, 2022

    Eat shit, Bill!

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