Dear Mayor De Blasio
About a dozen years ago, MTV was airing a reality show where young men were pledging a fraternity. One of the senior members of the fraternity issued the following warning to the recruits: if you are early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late. If you are late, don’t bother showing up at all.
We are all late once in a while. Alarms don’t go off, meetings go over the allotted time, there is traffic, etc. That’s life. But constant lateness, I believe, is a sign of a lack of respect.
If an employee is constantly late to their job, it is likely that their job will soon go to someone else.
So why is it, that you, Mr. Mayor that you have been significantly late to several events since you took office? I’m at least one of your people carries a watch or at least consults their phone for the time every now and then.
If constant lateness is a sign of how you treat the city of New York and it’s citizens who elected you to your current position, then maybe they will be late come the next election? Or they may just vote for a mayor who arrives on time.
Dear Mr. Bratton
I understand that you are presently caught between a rock and a hard place.
Your boss is Mayor de Blasio. Your staff consists of the men and women of the New York Police Department.
Two weeks ago, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed execution style. Their only crime was being in the police department and doing their jobs.
You have asked your staff to respect the mayor.
Let me tell you a story.
I worked for a private company for a number of years. As the years progressed, it became clear that the owners lost sight of the real reason for starting the company and began to only see dollar signs. I lost respect for them and because of that, I began to look elsewhere for employment.
You have good men and women working under you. They only want to do their jobs and serve the citizens of this great city of ours. But when it becomes clear that upper management has lost the respect of their staff, that is a problem. In your case sir, when the mayor’s office and the NYPD leadership allows public opinion to sway them away from supporting the men and women who keep New York City safe, that is a problem.
I recognize that middle management, especially in your case, is not easy. You have a boss over your head who needs certain things, but you also have staff under you who need your support.
I recommend that you find a middle ground, because if you do not, like your boss, you may be out of a job come the next mayoral election.
A citizen of New York City
Dear Mayor De Blasio
Two New York City cops were murdered in cold blood today.
According to the press that is being released, the police were killed in retaliation for the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases.
I recognize that these cases are complicated and not as simple as the media claims.
I also recognize that being on the police force is not the easiest job in the world.
Mr. Mayor, we live in a large and busy city with a very diverse population. I appreciate that you are trying to keep the peace, but the fact is that we need our police force. I also appreciate that you are one half of a bi-racial couple and because your wife is African-American, your son has challenges in life that his Caucasian peers might not have.
In short, sir, we need the police to do their jobs and you need to support them. While I am sure that there are a few bad apples in the police force (as there is in every industry), most police men and women are there because they want and need to work.
When the mayor does not support the police department, this sends the wrong message. This message leads to the broad daylight murder of two policemen just doing their jobs.
This message might also add your name to the list of one term mayors.
A Concerned Citizen