Nothin' But Net
Replete with a chorus, a celebrity senator and an adoring, well-heeled audience, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final speech to the Partnership for New York City this morning was a celebration of his legacy, controversy not included.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered that flags at City Hall be lowered to half-staff this evening to honor the late Nelson Mandela, who died earlier today at the age of 95.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election operation is getting ready to battle next year, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who endorsed him in 2010, isn’t jumping on the bandwagon yet.
Asked today at a press conference whether he would endorse Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his broad support for the governor’s record but was initially unsure even how long Mr. Cuomo has served.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
Bill de Blasio says he would have tried to make it to the scene of yesterday’s fatal train accident if he were already mayor.
Unlike current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was reportedly golfing in Bermuda hours after the derailment, Mr. de Blasio told reporters today his “instinct” would be to rush to the scene.
“For me, it would be generally-speaking, important to be there,” he said.
Nothing But Sunshine
While Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local officials rushed to the scene of yesterday’s fatal train derailment in the Bronx, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was golfing in Bermuda, a report today alleges.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the mayor was spotted playing golf in the island nation Sunday morning and did not leave until roughly 1 p.m. local time. The Metro-North Railroad train derailment, which killed four people, occurred around 7:20 a.m.
delivering the green
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning left the door open to using his vast fortune to support candidates who are strong on climate change issues in 2014′s congressional races.
Mr. Bloomberg, who is expected to remain deeply involved in politics after he leaves City Hall at the end of this year, did not explicitly commit to writing checks–but said he would “do everything I can to elect people who take environmental issues seriously.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg emerged unscathed this morning from a visit to the Staten Island Zoo, where he was famously bitten by resident groundhog Staten Island Chuck on Groundhog Day back in 2009.
A Tale of Two Skirts
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today compared the groundswell of support for change that propelled Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to victory, to the fashion industry changing hemlines on clothing.
Musing during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, the mayor rejected the idea that Mr. de Blasio’s election was a rebuke of his 12 years in City Hall.
Class Warfare? I Meant Classy Wardrobe There
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been singing a very different tune since Bill de Blasio was elected his successor earlier this fall.
Before November 5th, the mayor–and his staff–appeared barely able to contain their resentment for the city’s public advocate, dismissing his policy ideas and leveling personal insults.
Gifts to One's Successor
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that his successor, Bill de Blasio, will become the first new mayor in modern history to inherit a balanced budget–but Mr. de Blasio’s team says he remains “concerned” nonetheless.
“For the first time in modern memory and perhaps for the first time in New York City history, the budget for the incoming fiscal year has been balanced for an incoming mayor well before he or she steps into office,” said Mr. Bloomberg, reporting the new numbers at a press conference at City Hall.