‘Even more’ Anthony Weiner ideas unveiled

Anthony Weiner leaves a campaign stop at the Nan Shan Senior Center to meet the press, in the Queens borough of New York July 29, 2013.  Credit: Getty Images
Anthony Weiner leaves a campaign stop at the Nan Shan Senior Center in Queens to meet the press last month. Credit: Getty Images

Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign announced that he is following up his “64 Keys to the City” with a “second ideas book” titled “Even More Keys to the City.”

The new book adds 61 ideas to the first book’s 64, for a new total of 125 “keys to the city.”

The ideas are geared at “keep[ing] New York the capital of the middle class.”

Some of the ideas from the first book were tax incentives for people who commute to work by bicycle (idea No. 19), preserving Catholic schools (idea No. 5), helping community pharmacies compete with large chain drug stores (idea No. 33), a caregiver tax exemption for people who care for an ailing, elderly family member (idea No. 32), the creation of a government position to liaise with nonprofits that work with the city (idea No. 15) and new ferries throughout the five boroughs (idea No. 17).

Weiner has been particularly emphatic of late about keeping campaign conversation about “ideas” since recent revelations of sexual messages he sent to women he did not personally know came to light.

These new messages were exchanged last summer several months after he stepped down from Congress in disgrace after sending photos of his genitals to women he was carrying on Internet relationships with.

His campaign manager resigned shortly after the messages from last summer were revealed.

In a press release, the Weiner campaign touted the book as “continuing his singular focus on ideas in his campaign” and criticized his opponents for engaging in “old-style politics that often seems to dwell more of endorsements and political machinations.”

Weiner has received very few endorsements. He was recently endorsed by Jimmy McMillan of “The Rent is Too Damn High” fame (after a chance meeting “in a restaurant in Harlem called IHOP”) and months ago received an endorsement from Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

In his new book, Weiner proposes fitting cops with tiny cameras, an initiative that came up during the stop-and-frisk trial this year, including “250s” (the police form used in a stop) in public CompStat records, banning helicopters (with an exemption for news choppers and first responders) and putting surveillance cameras in every subway station.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


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