How do you like those apples, Bill?
Harvard students learn what New Yorkers discovered long ago about their former mayor: They don’t like him.
According to a report in the undergraduate-run Harvard Independent, Bill de Blasio gets a big F when it comes to winning scholars at Ivy League University, where he is now a visiting scholar.
“Honestly, I don’t have a great impression of de Blasio,” said Owen Wiese, who grew up in Manhattan and is part of the Class of 2025.
“I think he angered a lot of New Yorkers by campaigning for president in other states when NYC was facing a lot of problems. He was generally seen as politically opportunistic and someone who changed his mind. depending on who he was talking to.
De Blasio, who was born in a Manhattan hospital but grew up in Cambridge, Mass., where Harvard is located, is teaching an eight-week course this fall at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Institute of Politics at Harvard. Kennedy School. on what he believes to be the two greatest accomplishments of his two terms as mayor of the Big Apple — securing universal pre-K and battling the coronavirus.
But throughout the pandemic, the mayor and then the governor. Andrew Cuomo’s known hatred for each other has hampered major public health decisions.
The city’s former health commissioner, David Chokshi, even said the couple’s constant bickering regularly slowed down decision-making.
“There have been times when my frustration at not being able to advance public health policy for New Yorkers could be directly related to the toxicity of this relationship,” Chokshi revealed in June.
Harvard students also questioned Hizzoner’s commitment to the job – citing his constant pursuit of a higher position.
“As a New Yorker who has seen him try to achieve a position higher than a major for years, it is not surprising that he wants to be involved in one way or another with Harvard. “said Jack Silvers, of Scarsdale, of the Class of 2025.
“His past is complicated and who knows what his legacy will look like. I hope students engage with his study group. I’m just worried about the stigma of his presidential run and his antics as mayor .
De Blasio mounted a 2020 presidential bid – although he retained his post as mayor – but left the race after failing to score even a measly 1% in national polls.
Before scoring the Harvard gig, de Blasio also dropped his bid as the Democratic primary candidate in New York’s 10th congressional district amid disastrous polls.
He also toyed with the gubernatorial bid after Cuomo resigned from office last year amid sexual harassment allegations and the threat of impeachment, but decided against it amid a poll that found voters just didn’t like him.
New York Post