With a number of tragic and unfortunate events from 2014 still fresh in our minds, we set our calendars to a new year with hope for prosperity, peace and goodwill, not just in Queens, but throughout the City.
We are still reeling from the deaths of two police officers in Brooklyn just two weeks ago. We are still reeling from the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, and the Grand Jury decision not to indict the officer who caused his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones to senseless violence, no matter the shape it took.
As he campaigned for in 2013, Bill de Blasio spoke often about “A Tale of Two Cities,” and pledged to bring the City together. His promise to voters was to end this great divide to create a better New York for all who lived here. Unfortunately, as we finish out his first year in office, that divide at times seems even greater than before.
Without strong leadership and a dedication to unity, that divide will never be conquered. The New Year is a time of hope, a time to put our best foot forward to resolve to make ourselves better and to ensure that we end the year in a better position than when we started. For that to happen, we must have a strong leader, willing to do everything in his power to make that happen.
He may not have accomplished all he set out to do in his first year, but it is now imperative that Mayor de Blasio step up to be the strong leader that he promised us he would be when he campaigned for the job. We look to him to stay true to his word, to unify this City as we struggle through this tumultuous time.
We hope that 2015 brings us all a better tomorrow, and that Mayor de Blasio can be the unifying force he told us he would be.