Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s legacy, following a stunning interview with Playboy magazine in which the city’s top cop reportedly slams this year’s crop of Democratic mayoral contenders for pandering and agrees with his interviewer that the were “full of shit.”
“I’d have a smile on my face if I were him,” said Mr. Bloomberg, speaking this morning on his weekly radio show with WOR’s John Gambling.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio ran his campaign vowing to end the “Tale of Two Cities,” making the growing gap between the rich and the poor and rising poverty under the current mayor’s tenure centerpieces of his message.
But Mayor Michael Bloomberg, working to cement his legacy, pushed back on those charges today.
Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, the man who will be replacing him come January, met for the first time since Election Day, staging a photo-op and talking for about an hour.
But despite agreeing “to stay in regular touch,” that’s been about it in terms of direct communication between the two.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not have the ideal voting experience last Tuesday.
Somebody saw whom he voted for.
The Tall Man Cometh
Mayor Michael Bloomberg used his first post-election press conference to tout one of his administration’s most vulnerable initiatives: the green apple “boro taxi” program.
Mr. Bloomberg today announced that more than 1,000 of the cabs are now on the streets, cruising for hails in the outer boroughs and northern Manhattan, where yellow cabs rarely roam.
Bloomberg on Bloomberg
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not happy about a The New York Times report presenting allegations that Bloomberg News self-censored its own reports on the Chinese political establishment in order to avoid angering the ruling class.
Asked about the report at an unrelated press conference earlier today, Mr. Bloomberg slammed any insinuation that his media company self-censors.
Michael Bloomberg is no stranger to being heckled, and with just a few weeks left in his tenure, the mayor demonstrated his experience today.
“Fuck you! Power to the people!” a protester reportedly yelled out at as the mayor was speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in Madison Square Park.
John Gambling, the WOR radio host famous in New York’s political world for co-hosting a weekly show with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is leaving his post just a handful of days before Mr. Bloomberg leaves office at end of the year.
Mr. Gambling, 63, made the announcement early this morning on the air.
What a long, strange, calorie-burning trip it’s been.
According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, the city’s bike-share project has reached a new milestone today: 5 million rides since Citi Bike was first launched last May.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting ready to hold his tongue.
The outgoing chief said this morning that he will stay mum on the incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s performance–especially during his first year, recalling his own administration’s criticism-free experience transitioning after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.