Mr. Mayor Goes to Washington
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Mayor Bill de Blasio today predicted a movement led by the nation’s mayors to force Congress’s hand on a slew of progressive issues, including new infrastructure investments in cities across the country.
In a speech in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this morning, Mr. de Blasio called on his fellow mayors to forge a “new national urban consensus together–not just around priorities like pre-K and paid sick leave, but around strategic investments in affordable housing and 21st century transportation,” as well as new funding for roads and mass transit.
Bill de Blasio’s snow problems followed him all the way to Washington.
Mr. de Blasio traveled to Washington D.C. address the U.S. Conference of Mayors this morning, where he praised the influence of his fellow mayors in the face of congressional gridlock.
Call it a tale of two mayors.
There is Bill de Blasio, the government professional. That Bill de Blasio has brought seasoned, well-respected advisers to City Hall, including one of his latest appointments, Polly Trottenberg, the city’s new commissioner of transportation. She joins an impressive team that includes leaders like Anthony Shorris, Stan Brezenoff and Bill Bratton. And the mayor deserves special praise for keeping Kyle Kimball on as president of the city’s New York City Economic Development Corporation, a nod toward keeping momentum behind some of the best ideas of the Bloomberg administration. These selections speak well of the new mayor’s eye for talent and his desire to get things done.
Michael Bloomberg’s mayoralty has been built on one simple fact: The City Charter of New York City gives the mayor enormous power. During his mayoralty, Mr. Bloomberg has aggressively used instruments of power to influence almost every aspect of civic life: health, transportation, public schools (which he has twice persuaded the state legislature to place under his control), parks, culture and economic development through bold rezoning and preservation policies.
New Jersey Democrats will choose their nominee for the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat on Aug. 13. Their choice ought to be Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is that rarest of species, a political bridge-builder.
Mr. Booker and his three opponents—Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt—are all liberal Democrats who share similar values and priorities. But Mr. Booker stands out, not only because of his national prominence—although that certainly helps—but because he has shown that he can work with partisan opponents for the benefit of the common good.
Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal has taking its toll both on the former congressman himself and his standing in the mayoral race.
In the first poll taken since Mr. Weiner admitted Tuesday to continuing digital affairs after his resignation–and after proclaiming himself to be a changed man a year later–Mr. Weiner’s one-time lead has whittled.
“People said we were crazy to build in Brooklyn, no one would ever come to Brooklyn,” Doug Steiner said from the rooftop terrace of his biggest development in the borough. The Jersey-born builder was wearing his usual polo shirt and jeans, comfortable in the unseasonably warm weather in late February, the sun glinting off his clean-shaven head. “In those days, there were wild dogs running in the streets,” Mr. Steiner added for effect.
“But look at these views,” he continued, pointing out across Wallabout Bay and the span of the East River beyond. “You’ve got the gritty industrial underbelly of the city in the foreground, the financial capital of the world in the background.” One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building bookended the panorama.
It was 1999 when Doug Steiner brought the family development business to Brooklyn. As he and so many other fortune seekers have since proved, the decision was anything but crazy. But it was not condos or artists lofts that Mr. Steiner was selling. He was in pictures.
Two weeks ago, with the mayor standing just in front of him at the podium, Mr. Steiner opened five new sound stages at his eponymous Steiner Studios inside the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yards, bringing the total to 15. That is halfway to the ultimate goal of 32 and, at 50 acres, the largest American film production facilities outside of Hollywood—behind Warner Brothers and Paramount, and rivaling the Walt Disney and CBS backlots.
Foursquare closed a major loophole in its reward system today, making it impossible for users to earn mayorship by checking in over the mobile web.
To earn a mayorship now, users must check in and have their location certified by GPS. In other words they, or at least their cell phones, actually have to be Read More