When billionaire term limits activist Ron Lauder was speaking to Ed Skyler earlier this week, he was, for all intents and purposes, speaking to the mayor.
That’s because Michael Bloomberg was traveling oversees with two top deputy mayors, Patti Harris and Kevin Sheekey. So, the person who was left in charge was Skyler, the deputy mayor for operations. (A Bloomberg spokesman dutifully noted, "The Mayor continues to act as Mayor. He is in constant communication with staff via telephone and email.")