NYC Democratic Mayoral Primary

 Looking at the top five candidates for NYC Mayor, who will you vote for - and why?

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Bill de Blasio won the endorsement of The Nation

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http://www.thenation.com/article/175637/bill-de-blasio-mayor

There is a lot to like, from proposals on education and homelessness to public safety - but among the ideas that we found most persuasive is his unusually diverse economic development strategy, which embraces not only job creation but also enhanced labor protections and long-overdue investments in New York's once-great public universities.

De Blasio was a major force behind living-wage and paid-sick-leave legislation - indeed, he fought for much stronger bills than those ultimately passed by the City Council - and his platform contains additional policies to increase wages for the city's working poor. He is also steadfastly pro-union, which is both a welcome change and a crucial one after twelve years of an administration so hostile to labor that all 152 of the city's public unions are without contracts. And in an effort to stanch New York's affordable-housing crisis, he has put forward an ambitious plan to build or preserve nearly 200,000 affordable-housing units over the coming decade, while pledging to remove wasteful tax breaks for real estate developers.

Perhaps most unexpected is the centerpiece of de Blasio's platform: a city income-tax surcharge on New Yorkers earning over $500,000 a year to provide truly universal, full-day pre-kindergarten to every child in New York City - a game-changing investment in the next generation of New Yorkers. The revenue from this surcharge would also fund after-school academics, athletics and cultural programming for every middle-schooler. It is notable that de Blasio made this tax proposal in the belly of the beast, at a meeting of the city's corporate leaders.