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Andrew Yang leads NYC mayoral race despite being the biggest flip-flopper

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Steve Cuozzo

Meet Andrew Boomer-Yang, a potential next mayor who hurls out ideas that sometimes are good until they come spinning back like a wooden airfoil and conk him on the head. 

Andrew (“so what if I never voted?”) Yang’s recantations on matters great and small are not the show of gumption that the city’s chief executive needs. Everyone is entitled to change their mind, of course, but the front-runner for New York City’s top job has exhibited a cowardly reflexive action any time he’s publicly spanked by voices on the left. 

Take who’s to blame for public schools that remain closed. Yang said in March that the United Federation of Teachers “has been a significant reason why our schools have been slow to open.” 

Is anything more obvious — or understated? The UFT has long been the sole reason why kids are stuck “learning” at home. 

But then, after what he called a “productive conversation” with UFT head Michael Mulgrew last month, Yang frantically reversed field like a gazelle confronted by a hyena. 

Mulgrew, Yang said at a union-sponsored event, “conveyed to me that it’s been a failure of leadership on the part of the mayor … I agree that the mayor has failed the teachers and public school parents” in not reopening the schools. 

On to foreign policy: Yang tweeted last week about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, “I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists … NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere.” 

But — boomerang! — all it took for Yang to turn tail were a few tweets from rabidly anti-Israel types, including from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked.” 

Yang sued for peace, saying his tweet “was overly simplistic” and that his critics were “correct” in saying he didn’t “acknowledge the pain and suffering on both sides.” 

Such instant capitulation surely delights Mulgrew and his fellow municipal union leaders not to mention Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who must be salivating at the thought of a mayor even easier to bully than Bill de Blasio. 

After a private talk with UFT head Michael Mulgrew, Andrew Yang fell in line with his talking points.
Gregory P. Mango

How unserious is Yang about actually governing the city? Consider the 180 he recently pulled on bus lanes. Yang long endorsed creating dedicated paths and even entire streets to speed up the lumbering, snail-pace conveyances. His campaign website states, “A top priority will include building Bus Rapid Transit throughout the city … The 14th Street Busway is a great example of what we can accomplish.” 

So in March, bus-lane advocates were flabbergasted when he said he’d be “open to re-examining” the new Flushing, Queens, busway, which runs from Northern Boulevard to Sanford Avenue. 

Why the U-turn? He heard “numerous community complaints from people that have said that seniors have had trouble getting to their doctors who are on upper floors … and prior to the busway, they would get dropped off at the curb by their relatives.” 

Numerous community complaints! Since every bus lane in town has critics, let’s see him “re-examine” every one of their 140 miles of roadway whenever someone gripes. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Yang's tweets supporting Israel — a position he quickly reversed.
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Of course, if Yang wins, he’d prefer not to deal with such mundane matters himself. He told The Post’s editorial board he’d turn the day-to-day job of running the town over to an underling, such as his mayoral competitor Kathryn Garcia.

Yang, who might have been overtaken by Eric Adams in Democratic primary polls after Thursday night’s debate, apparently regards himself as a “don’t bother me with the details” visionary based on his modest success running a very small company. He forgets that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was hands-on at City Hall despite being a mega-billionaire with a track record that dwarfs Yang’s meager accomplishments.

Bloomberg never budged just because someone said something nasty to him. But Yang caves every time his words come back to bite him. The guy shouldn’t get elected mayor of NYC. He should get a spine.

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