Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber, a book that tracks the miserable leadership of the state and city of New York, and after two months of denials from billboard operators, he's launched an ad for the book in the borough of Queens.
The book, which illustrates a stark and steep timeline of New York's decline under Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, respectively and jointly, did not get a warm reception from advertisers.
"The book was released in February," Palumbo told The Post Millennial, "and we'd been trying to get a billboard every day since. We got rejected from advertisers for the past month and a half, with every other vendor in NYC rejecting it because it's a conservative book."
In Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio ruined New York, detailing the disastrous leadership of New York during the pandemic, Matt Palumbo meticulously sorts through the timeline that took the state and city of New York to its knees under the dysfunctional leadership of Cuomo and de Blasio. While much of the critique of Cuomo has to do with his handling of the pandemic, the condemnation of Bill de Blasio is much more severe--and its implications for the city are terrifying.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spent nearly a year in the media spotlight, being praised for his leadership, governance, and folksy, paternalistic style. For those outside the Big Apple and its surroundings, he was portrayed by the media as a clear-headed, competent leader guiding the ship of state through dangerous waters. But upon closer inspection, it's clear that both he and his NYC counterpart Mayor Bill de Blasio were barely more than bumbling fools leading city and state to ruin.
Palumbo points out that New York was the safest big city in America for 20 years. Under the mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani, who really cleaned up the city with his anti-crime policies, followed by Michael Bloomberg, who took the rising city on a wild ride with even less crime, more parks, cultural institutions, and safe, walkable streets. It was verging on paradise.
Under de Blasio's leadership, the city has tanked—and its not only due to the pandemic either. What rained down upon us during his leadership is heart wrenching to read, and it's spelled out incredibly clearly and succinctly. De Blasio is a mayor who has been driven by ideological concerns and a wish to win. His identity as a progressive politician is more important to him that undertaking the leadership that the city needs.
As he has made more and more disastrous choices the city has reacted by becoming less and less habitable. While his choices during the pandemic were often absurdly contradictory and confusing, much of his planning prior to that was already leading this glorious city down the road to ruin. In the areas of coronavirus, economics, and law and order, Palumbo shows each step that de Blasio took to destroy the city that he was elected to lead.