Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top communications deputy isn’t entirely pleased with the way Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speakers presented his ex-boss’s record.
The deputy, Howard Wolfson, reached out to WNYC this morning to argue against some of the claims made by the event’s speakers, who presented the city as a deeply divided “plantation” in need of new leadership and direction.
Occcupy Wall Street
Just in case it wasn’t already clear from the barbs on his Twitter feed, Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson is not a fan of Bill de Blasio’s vision for the city.
During an appearance tonight on NY1, the man who has become the mayor’s chief mouthpiece, continued to dig into the sudden front-runner in the mayor’s race, doubling down on previous criticism and accusing the city’s public advocate of flip-flopping on term limits.
The attack comes as various forces are ramping up their efforts to halt Mr. de Blasio’s unexpected gains in the polls with just two weeks to go until the primary.
Oh, what a vicious circle this is: Occupy Wall Street comes to picket the banker fat cats in New York, the NYPD forces streets to close and erect metal barricades near the entrances of certain streets and subways to prevent random marches of the protesters, leading to even more unemployment in the area as the local Milk Street Cafe is forced to lay off a quarter of its workstaff because the police structures prevent people from entering the establishment. Consider this a case of a snake not eating its own tail, but firing it.
Good details, and questions, about Michael Bloomberg’s newest campaign committee, from David Seifman:
“While not obligated to file, we chose to do so in order to disclose the expenditures,” said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. The filing won’t be made public until July 15.
Geraldine Ferraro: “All of us thought new thoughts and imagined new possibilities because of Gerry,” said Hillary Clinton. [Robin Pogrebin]
Bloomberg’s Approval Rating: New ads haven’t helped; 40 percent say his performance is excellent or good. [NY1]
Bloomberg’s Approval Rating: “Falling fast.” [Erin Einhorn]
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John Liu: In a chefs outfit, dishing out food [Youtube]
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Mayor Bloomberg is paying to run new, campaign-style television ads defending his budget, taking a page from the group of business leaders who have spent over a million dollars defending Governor Cuomo’s agenda in Albany. [Update: Video embeded below]
Bloomberg appears in the ad himself, which he is paying for, personally, but does Read More
Responding to the New York magazine story, this memo gets released, from senior adviser Howard Wolfson:
To: Interested Parties
From: Howard Wolfson
Subject: Bike Lanes
Date: March 21, 2011
In light of this week’s New York magazine article about bike lanes I thought you might find the below useful.
· The majority Read More
One day after Howard Wolfson arrived at City Hall, the administration announced Kevin Sheekey is leaving.
To spend more time at Bloomberg L.P.
Here’s the announcement:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that Kevin Sheekey, who served as Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs during his second term, will leave City Read More
A few hours after it became public that Michael Bloomberg hired Howard Wolfson to work in City Hall, the mayor uttered something we’ve heard before.
“I have no plans to run for president of the United States, in 2012, or 2016, or 20-anything,” Bloomberg said.
The denial about not wanting to run for Read More