Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.
For 12 years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has brought his tough-love management style to our city. Since he was not beholden to any campaign donors and going into office didn't owe anything to anyone, he has been able to lead independently and do what he thought was right for the city.
Unfortunately, as the Bloomberg era comes to an end, tough love is in danger of giving way to tough luck.
Crime is at an all-time low in New York and the city has never been safer. However the recent ruling against stop-and-frisk by a clueless federal judge threatens to reverse progress made by the NYPD.
While Mayor Bloomberg has appealed this ruling, many of the democratic mayoral hopefuls support the dismantling of this policy, which has saved lives. They are willing to say "tough luck" to those who will be killed, robbed or attacked.
Currently none of New York City's public unions has a contract. As many unions in the private sector made concessions to their employers in the face of the recent recession, our public unions refused to negotiate.
You see, New York is the only state in the country that allows public union workers to continue to get raises when a contract expires. This makes any negotiation one-sided in favor of the union and it is virtually impossible to get concessions. Many of the mayoral hopefuls are ready to give in to the unions and say "tough luck" to the taxpayers.
Education is another area where the current mayor has delivered tough love to New Yorkers. Mayoral control of the school system, tougher tests and the addition of charter schools mean that we are now being more honest in our assessments of students' ability to succeed.
Once again, many of the mayoral candidates seem willing to say "tough luck" to the kids and turn control of the system back over to the teachers union.
So if you care about New York City and are honest that while tough love is sometimes hard to take, you have to admit that for the most part we have benefited from its effects. If you take the easy way out and elect the candidate that the public unions and political establishment put forward you can count on more crime, higher taxes, a less effective school system and an overall decline in the quality of life in New York City.
All I can say is "tough luck."
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