AUBURN, AL- In his fifth state of the city address, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio called for the Big Apple to become the nation’s “fairest city” as he pushed for campaign finance reform.
The mayor, who is a possible contender for the White House in 2020, also pushed for a millionaire’s tax that Governor Cuomo- another possible contender- has said is “dead on arrival.”
As De Blasio seeks to highlight reform issues, he pledged to push for the increased public financing of campaigns and more transparency on meetings with lobbyists and local officials. Members of his staff will be required to report meetings held with lobbyists in the near future.
Reform issues were a major hit for both parties in 2016 as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump both made the idea that politicians are beholden to big donors central components of their respective outsider campaigns.
For the mayor, this is an area where he has faced criticism for pursuing donations from city developers. Watching what actually transpires in New York following this address will be of great interest to those championing reform.
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