At lunch at the Four Seasons today, Mike Bloomberg, introduced now as Mike B. (because everybody is “jealous of my new-found relationship with the hip hop community”), unveiled his campaign to influence New York City’s political donor community with his administration’s State and Federal priorities. His New York City Card, which has five goals for the City, was handed out to a room of 120 or so of the city’s wealthiest political donors.
“New York City needs all the help it can get in its fight for its fair share from Washington and Albany. When National and State politicians and candidates call New Yorkers for campaign cash, we need to make sure they support our City’s interest,” said the Mayor.
Earlier whispers that the mayor would aim to defeat some of the City’s Republican state Senators seem to have been a test for his latest campaign: taking the fight for City dollars beyond the state.
“It’s simple: If you want to tap into New York’s vast reservoir of resources, you need to support the policies and legislation that New York City needs to prosper and grow,” said the Mayor.
The five goals outlined on the back of the wallet-sized card are:
Homeland Security: All funds allocated based on threat
Eminent Domain: Oppose legislation that would cripple affordable housing and responsible re-development (like Times Square)
Charter Schools: Raise state cap to 250 to give working families an education choice for their children
Affordable Housing: Support legislation to provide financial incentives to produce affordable housing for New Yorkers
The Mayor told the crowd his goal is to “combine our influence and get what is ours sent to us.” Card-carrying members were told that they now have the responsibility, when a candidate or elected official asks them for money, to “tell them what we want instead of listening to what they want.”
As has been the trend in his second term, the Mayor wanted to be seen rising above partisan politics.
“There is nobody who is going to be perfect on our scorecard. What you have to do is look at the totality…You can’t have a litmus test.”