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Harvard students aren’t impressed with Bill de Blasio

How do you like the apples, Bill?

Harvard students are learning what New Yorkers found out long ago about their current ex-mayor — they don’t like him.

According to a report by the student-run Harvard Independent, Bill de Blasio gets a fat 5 for attracting scholars to the Ivy League University, where he is now a visiting scholar.

“Honestly, I don’t have a good impression of de Blasio,” said Owen Wiese, who grew up in Manhattan and is a member of the Class of 2025.

“I think he upset a lot of New Yorkers by running for president in other states when NYC was struggling with a lot of troubles. He was generally perceived as politically opportunistic and someone who changed his mind depending on who he spoke to.”

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks while visiting Phyl's Academy.
“I think he upset a lot of New Yorkers by running for president in other states when NYC was struggling with a lot of problems,” said New Yorker and Harvard graduate student Owen Wiese.
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De Blasio, who was born in a Manhattan hospital but grew up in Cambridge, Mass., where Harvard is based, will teach an eight-week course at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s Institute of Politics this fall Kennedy School what he says are the two greatest accomplishments of his two terms as mayor of the Big Apple — securing universal Pre-K and fighting the coronavirus.

But during the pandemic, the mayor and then-governor have. Andrew Cuomo’s well-known hatred of one another got in the way of important public health decisions.

The city’s former health commissioner, David Chokshi, even said the couple’s constant feuding regularly slowed decision-making.

“There were moments when my frustration at not being able to advance public health policy for New Yorkers could be directly related to the toxicity of that relationship,” Chokshi revealed in June.

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Harvard students also questioned de Blasio’s commitment problems and mentioned his constant quest for higher office.
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Harvard students also questioned Hizzoner’s commitment to the job – citing his constant search for higher office.

“As a New Yorker who’s watched him try for years to push his way into a job higher than major, it’s not surprising that he’d want to be associated with Harvard in some way,” said Jack Silvers, of the class 2025 from Scarsdale.

“His past is complicated and who knows what his legacy will be like. I hope students engage in his study group. I’m just concerned about the stigma of his presidential bid and his antics as mayor.”

De Blasio ran for president in 2020 — despite sticking to his day job as mayor — but gave up the race after failing to even score a meager 1% in national polls.

Before de Blasio made the Harvard appearance, he also dropped his bid to run for the Democratic primary in New York’s 10th congressional district in the face of disastrous poll numbers.

He also toyed with running for governor after Cuomo resigned from office last year amid sexual harassment allegations and threats of impeachment, but decided against it amid polls that showed voters just didn’t like him to like.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/09/harvard-students-are-not-impressed-with-bill-de-blasio/ Harvard students aren’t impressed with Bill de Blasio

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