Big business leaders scheme to oust de Blasio

By LOUIS FLORES

Jumping on the anti-de Blasio bandwagon in the time leading up to the expected 2017 reëlection campaign of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) are a group of business leaders, according to a report written by Kenneth Lovett and published in The New York Daily News.

Some of these business leaders have reportedly met to discuss making New York City unmanageable for Mayor de Blasio as part of a strategy to sabotage his chances for reëlection in 2017.

Ironically, some of these very anti-de Blasio business leaders have connections to Mayor de Blasio.

Both Paul Tudor Jones and Kenneth Langone are involved with the Robin Hood Foundation.  The foundation has made contributions to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, which is overseen by Mayor de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray.

Paul Singer is connected to the Manhattan Institute, the conservative think tank which is a key political supporter of New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton's neoconservative and race-based Broken Windows theory of policing.  

Other notable business leaders, not identified in The New York Daily News report, have been transactional supporters of Mayor de Blasio, such as Kathryn Wylde and William Rudin, of the Partnership for New York City.  However, many of these business leaders have also been supportive of some of the individuals, whose names have been mentioned as possible challengers to Mayor de Blasio in the 2017 municipal election cycle.

An analysis conducted by Progress Queens of still yet other business leaders shows that Mayor de Blasio enjoys close ties with an array of hedge fund titans, real estate developers, and lobbyists.

That some notable billionaires in New York are contemplating taking a public opposing stance to a second term by Mayor de Blasio may point to conflicts within the business community. 

Earlier in the year, a report in The New York Post indicated that Daniel Loeb was seeking to take an aggressive stance against Mayor de Blasio over heated tensions, at that time then, between the mayor and the NYPD.  However, nothing further was made publicly known about Mr. Loeb's dissatisfaction with Mayor de Blasio until the latest report from The New York Daily News