Advice For The New Mayor
On the campaign trail, Joe Lhota made a big deal of the fact that Bill de Blasio has never governed. But our mayor-elect’s not alone in that distinction; rookies rule some of the biggest burgs in the country. What advice do other first-term mayors have for ours? The Observer checked in with some newbie chief executives. Read More
Advice For The New Mayor
Until he sold it to Vietnamese businessmen in 2012, Don Sammons was mayor of Buford, Wyo., the nation’s smallest town. He was also its sole citizen. But governing is never easy, even when you’re the only constituent. Sammons—whose memoir, Buford One: The Story of How One Man Built a Town and Sold It to the World, is out next month—breaks it down for the mayor-elect of the nation’s largest metropolis. Read More
Some New Yorkers have been spoiled by the Bloomberg centrist style of pragmatic management, yet Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio feels the successes of New York have eluded many and wants to make the city more fair.
Politically speaking, Bill de Blasio is the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. He will inherit a thriving, dynamic, creative city that is the envy of its competitors. His two most recent predecessors were not so fortunate when they took the oath of office for the first time—Rudy Giuliani was bequeathed a city deemed to be ungovernable, and Mike Bloomberg began his tenure in the shadow of 9/11.
Congratulations on your basic human decency, New York! We’ve gone one full week without killing one another. Read More
Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign just landed the most high-profile endorsement of all: President Barack Obama.
In the aftermath of Monday’s mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making yet another push for tougher gun purchase background checks.
“We don’t have all the facts about the shooter,” Mr. Bloomberg said at press conference today at City Hall, “but what we do know [is] what happened this week has happened before–and sadly it looks like it will happen again until we get serious about this issue of just too many guns around.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today refused to explain his recent comment labeling Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign “racist.”
Speaking at since first open-question press conference since New York magazine published the controversial comments ten days ago, Mr. Bloomberg repeatedly insisted he would not talk about the race to succeed him.
“Look, I’m gonna stay out of this race,” he said in respond to the first question, which asked what he meant by the remark and whether he thought it played a role in Mr. de Blasio’s Democratic primary win.
Bill Thompson’s mayoral dream has officially ended.
At a City Hall press conference flanked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some of Mr. Thompson’s most ardent supporters, including Congressman Charlie Rangel and teachers’ union president Michael Mulgrew, the former comptroller today endorsed his one-time Democratic opponent, Bill de Blasio, in the mayor’s race.
“I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” said Mr. Thompson.
Bill to Bill
Even Bill Thompson’s supporters are now saying publicly that it’s time for him to end his campaign and rally behind Bill de Blasio as the Democratic Party’s nominee for mayor.
“In an election year with so many tough decisions on crucial issues, we must begin a new chapter today by uniting behind our Democratic nominee for New York City’s next mayor,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley, a former Thompson endorser, announced in a statement this afternoon. “I am proud to support Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.”