Concerning ongoing negotiations with various municipal unions, including the very powerful United Federation of Teachers (UFT), behind closed doors, Mayor Bill de Blasio reminds me of the cartoon character Wimpy who famously said, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”
The worst kept secret in City Hall is the political quid pro quo owed not only by Mayor de Blasio, but also Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Speaker Melisa Mark-Viverito and a majority of council members to UFT Chairperson Michael Mulgrew in exchange for his endorsement, volunteers, phone banks and campaign donations.
Mulgrew reminds me of the Godfather. He has all the politicians in his pocket ready to do his biding regardless of the cost to students, parents and taxpayers. It is an old accounting trick being proposed by de Blasio to balance budgets on paper this year as a means to "pay off" his political debts by carrying over payments to next year, or in this case over 9 years!