Anthony Weiner pens first op-ed of mayoral candidacy

Congressman Anthony Weiner pictured in a 2004 photo on a doorstep in NYC. Credit: Getty Images.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, seen here in 2004, announced his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images

In a Daily News opinion piece, Anthony Weiner laid out three of his 64 ideas in his “ideas book” to “get the conversation started.”

He focused primarily on health care costs, education and taxes, and he urged New Yorkers to make sure the mayoral campaign “is a full-throated debate about real solutions,” as opposed to “a contest of who can say ‘I ain’t the other guy’ the loudest.”

Weiner’s plan to control rising health care costs and cover the uninsured relies largely on having city employees and retirees pay some part of their own health care costs in order to avoid continuing to slash other things from the budget.

Weiner noted that benefits are “due to go up 40 percent in the next four years.”

He wants to “take a ‘whatever works’ approach to education,” and noted again, as he did in his launch video, that his mother was a math teacher.

He did not suggest any specific approaches, but worried “about the safety of children in yeshivas,” among other concerns.

His tax conversation revolved largely around rent-payers and homeowners, and he proposed paying for a middle-class tax cut of 10 percent by “increasing the tax on the foreign oligarchs and potentates who are parking their money by investing in super high-end New York apartments.”

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