The City Still in a Fine Mess

The bill to end hidden tax on New York City business and restore the role of public health

There once was a Mayor de Blasio, who couldn’t quite calm the mobs, ya know? So the police got more power, and the public turned sour, and no one heard again from former Mayor de Blasio. / ‘Loves you not’ illustration by Jessie Cacciola

On July 25, 2012, Bill de Blasio, then the city’s public advocate running for mayor, announced his plan to sue the Bloomberg administration for what he called a hidden tax. “Two months ago,” he wrote later that week for the Post, “I tried prying information from city agencies about which violations are generating all the…