I was asked repeatedly on Monday who I would be supporting for mayor. Let's just examine our choices:
Bill deBlasio is endorsed by the UFT even though the Mayor has been an almost complete disaster for teachers. Besides keeping most of the fervently anti-teacher Bloomberg people in place at the DOE, de Blasio gave teachers the worst monetary contract in my thirty-one years in the system while the city has enjoyed a very robust economy leading to healthy surplus revenue. While the Mayor is likely to be reelected, he can do it without my vote.
Republican Nicole Malliotakis is not a viable altnernative on education.
Nicole on charter schools:
A spokesman for her campaign said she is supportive of charters and school choice."
Sounds like a typical Republican which is bad news for teachers.
Her education platform talks about closing schools and replacing them with small schools.
Nicole Malliotakis will re-examine our city’s failing schools to determine which facilities need to close and be replaced with new, smaller schools, with more intensive instruction and a new administration.
Not exactly encouraging.
Bo Dietl is hard to take seriously.
That leaves Reform Party candidate Sal Albanese as the only semi-serious alternative for a protest vote.
The Chief Leader endorsed Sal, for what it's worth, calling for a "vote for character."
That might be enough for me.
Since there is little drama in the mayor's race as de Blasio is way ahead in the latest poll, I hope it doesn't hold down the turnout too much as the UFT is in a broad coalition calling for a NO vote on the Constitutional Convention which is on the back of the ballot. I support the Union's call for a no vote and helped distribute literature.