Ends of Eras
Ends of Eras
It was a cold awakening for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent his first day as a civilian listening to speakers skewer his legacy, as he looked on, stone-faced in the winter chill at his successor’s inauguration ceremony.
Mr. Bloomberg, who departed City Hall last night with a triumphant walk through a receiving line of enthusiastic cheers, today returned for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, where he was met with a chilly reception as speakers lamented the current state of the city, especially when it comes to race relations and the growing gap between the rich and the poor.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his final exit from City Hall this evening, passing through a receiving line of cheering staffers that stretched from the doors of City Hall and down the street, bidding farewell before taking the subway home for the very last time as mayor.
“If I wasn’t happy today, I don’t know what would make you happy. It’s a wonderful time and happy New Year to everyone,” the mayor told Politicker with a wide grin stretched across his face as he made his way through the crowd, shaking hands. The event kicked off with the release of gold balloons spelling out “1″ “0″ and “8″–heralding the exit of the city’s 108th mayor, who was greeted with shouts of “Bravo”, “We love you!” and “Happy New Year!”
Shot in the Arm
Want to attend Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony?
The mayor-elect’s transition team announced today that it is giving away 1,000 tickets to members of the public to attend his swearing-in ceremony on the steps of City Hall on New Year’s Day.
A ragtag group of parents and anti-vaccination advocates rallied at City Hall today to protest a last-minute push by the Bloomberg administration to make annual flu vaccinations mandatory for all New York City children under five years of age–after a much larger rally was canceled.
The Tall Man Cometh
The long Thanksgiving weekend promises to be slow in and around City Hall. That will give Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a chance to catch up on some reading and perhaps reflect on the changes he has promised to bring to post-Bloomberg New York. We’d recommend that he consult a new study conducted by Cushman & Wakefield’s capital markets group—it shows that, for the third straight year, New York is home to the world’s largest real estate market.
More than two weeks after being elected the city’s next mayor, Bill de Blasio yesterday announced the 60 names that will lead his transition team–names that underscore differences in the approaches of Mr. de Blasio and the current mayor, while at the same time reassure the business world he won’t rock the boat too much, observers say.
The Joys of Literature
Bill de Blasio, elected the city’s 109th mayor yesterday, met with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall this morning to discuss his transition to the powerful office.
Mr. Bloomberg, who endorsed no one in the race, congratulated the Democrat after his overwhelming victory last night–signaling that the billionaire mayor would likely facilitate a cordial transition for Mr. de Blasio.
The mayoral race today went from ferocious to bookish.
At an immigration rally on the steps of City Hall, the race’s front-runner, Bill de Blasio, repeatedly flaunted his 69-page policy booklet, waving and leafing through his raft of proposals as a way to demonstrate to the press–and his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, who was not present–that he is indeed a candidate of big ideas.
The Eight-Day Week
At a press conference littered with grisly imagery, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ripped apart a federal court ruling today that found current stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional.
“This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge that does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a jam-packed press conference at City Hall with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at his side.
“I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids and I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back at any time,” he warned.
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