Public Advocate and mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio emphasized tax increases for the wealthy, early childhood programs, paid sick leave and increasing minimum wage in a polished stump speech to a friendly crowd of young progressive Brooklynites at a New Kings Democrats meeting on Tuesday night.
But in response to a question about bike lanes, he criticized the Bloomberg administration’s implementation of them throughout the city. He said he questioned the Prospect Park West lane during its construction but did not oppose it, and signaled that future traffic changes would not be implemented without community support.
“Bill is reaching out to Democrats in all five boroughs who want to see a change in leadership from the last 12 years,” said a de Blasio spokesman. “He was thrilled to talk with the New Kings Democrats – an increasingly important force for reform in this city – about what is at stake in 2013.”
Councilwoman Letitia James, who is eyeing de Blasio’s current job, told the crowd that she also favored a minimum wage increase and paid sick leave, that she had stood up to the developers of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena, and wants to have more power to sue government agencies for documents.