If you've always wanted learn under the guidance of Bill de Blasio, here's your opportunity.
Plus, it could boost your overall health.
As reported by Fox News, the former mayor of New York City is instructing at Harvard University this fall. Bill will be in charge of classes at Harvard University's schools of public health and government.
De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from 2014 to 2021, will take part in “a variety of discussions, events, and programming” at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and will teach classes on leadership and public service at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the schools said in separate announcements Wednesday.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mayor de Blasio and [former acting mayor of Boston, Kim Janey] to campus as Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows,” Dean Michelle A. Williams said.
Williams said both officials grappled with public health crises including COVID-19, homelessness and the opioid epidemic.
“Their insights and their mentorship will be tremendously helpful to students who aspire to public office, as well as to those who are looking to lead in other sectors,” she said.
It's an interesting decision. Maybe Bill has seen an increase in management skills this past year.
In August 2020, he had to surrender over housing the homeless in previously-unoccupied hotels. From a report at the time:
At 79th Street’s Lucerne — home of the 300 addicts — resident Angel Ortiz assured [the New York Post], “[W]hatever drug you can imagine is done there.”
Another resident chimed in:
“They shoot up, sniff up, crack, (synthetic marijuana) K2, everything.”
A third pointed out, “You got drunks — you got violent drunks.”
Across the street, a restaurant owner complained that homeless drunken arguments are chasing away his customers.
“Screaming? Forget about it. It’s like a jungle. They get drunk, and they start fighting.”
A nanny named Michele McDowall recalled an offer made to her while she walked an infant in front of a huge Upper West Side inn:
“You want to buy crack?”
Check out ” Pandemic Homeless Horrors Expose Utter Failure of De Blasio's Enabling Approach.”
Bill was forced to end the program, but they tried their best.
De Blasio also had ideas regarding criminals. To ensure the public's health in March 2020, the mayor gave freedom to one-third of a thousand inmates most in danger to die from COVID.
More than 1,100 released prisoners later, he was shocked to learn that they were involved in new crimes.
“I think it’s unconscionable — just on a human level — that folks were shown mercy, and this is what some of them have done. We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible. And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.”
He boasted that the city's jails were empty:
Bill’s [describes] a New York City in which far fewer of its lawbreakers are in jail: “safer.”
The mayor [celebrated] Thursday, amid a huge spike in crime and a stunning number of retiring cops. …
“We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since WWII, and we are safer for it and better for it.”
In order to further improve the health of the public, in June, NYC released the Corona Sutra. This was a six-point guide titled Safer Sex and COVID-19.
Perhaps the most innovative tips:
Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face-to-face contact.
Now that Bill has a new health teaching job, Former NYPD Officer Paul Mauro had a reaction to the announcement. Paul spoke about the news in an interview with America's Newsroom:
“I thought it was a parody when I saw it. I mean, what’s it going to teach you about? To show up late? You know, to me, this is like hiring the coach from a last-place team.”
“And full disclosure,” he added, “I was up there. I’m a graduate of The Kennedy School. … [T]hey have some terrific people, great professors, and wonderful programs. I don’t expect Bill de Blasio to be among them.”