City Councilman Miguel Martinez did not have the mayor’s support when he ran for Assembly earlier this year. He did, though, vote to extend term limits, which the mayor wanted. Right now, Martinez is co-chairing a budget hearing on the city’s budget and its impact on the fire department.
Before the hearing, I asked him about the hypothetical impact of the Michael Bloomberg's budget cuts on the mayor's still-high popularity over the course of a third term.
“If things continue to go the way they are, I don’t think he’s going to be very popular, because you have to make some tough, tough decisions. Layoffs, service cuts, he has to deliver all the bad news that nobody wants to hear,” he said.
Martinez went on to explain that if the mayor can create jobs and maintain the current quality of life, he’ll be popular. But if not, “New Yorkers are not kind to those kinds of things.”
When asked if he thought the City Council would enjoy more leverage over a less-popular Michael Bloomberg, Martinez paused for a moment. Then, he smiled and said, “It depends on the leadership we have at the Council.”