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Washington Square Park mini-dystopia is a preview of a Maya Wiley mayoralty

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15.06.2021

You think Washington Square Park is bad? Picture this:

It’s July 1, 2022, and Mayor Maya Wiley’s new budget diverts $1 billion from the NYPD to her brand-new Department of Equitable and Inclusive Revenue Allocation; Comptroller Brad Lander argues that’s not enough, make it $2 billion; Public Advocate Jumaane Williams says Lander is a piker, and Manhattan DA Tahanie Aboushi has just laid off half of her felony prosecutors and opened an Anti-Incarceration Bureau.

The horror movie’s title: “Apocalypse Not Quite Yet, But Soon.”

Primary day is one week away. Early voting started Saturday. Wiley, Lander and Aboushi are horrifyingly bad, but quite plausible, candidates (Williams is the incumbent public advocate). So Gotham is dancing on the edge, and the mini-dystopia that is Washington Square Park is the premier example of the stakes in this election.

In fact, the best that can be said of the park right now is that nobody was shot there this week. Of course, it’s only Tuesday. Hell, it’s only June, and at least 20 were shot citywide over the........

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