Fellow New Yorkers, we’ve been through a lot. Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Joe Biden explaining to Car and Driver that he has never actually washed a 1981 Trans Am shirtless in the White House driveway. And that’s just in the last two weeks.
The last ten years? We barely know where to start.
Mayor Bloomberg should have played it straight when he learned that Stephen Goldsmith, a trusted deputy, had been arrested on domestic violence charges in late July. Instead, the mayor issued a bland statement announcing Mr. Goldsmith’s resignation on Aug. 4, saying only that the onetime mayor of Indianapolis was leaving City Hall to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.
Mr. Bloomberg said he acted as he did to spare the Goldsmith family further embarrassment. But, frankly, the embarrassment was City Hall’s when the true reason for Mr. Goldsmith’s departure became known.
Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith was hired last year to shake up the Bloomberg administration’s third term—creating efficiencies, reinventing government and combating calcification. About the only thing the former Indianapolis mayor and Kennedy School wonk managed to yank was the Department of Transportation’s bike chain, and now that Mr. Goldsmith is making a surprise departure from the administration, two-wheeled activists have high hopes for his replacement as deputy mayor for operations.
That would be Caswell Holloway, a Brooklyn Heights native, who has been widely lauded for the turnaround job he affected as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, where his cost-cutting measures and green infrastructure plans have won praise from both conservationists and conservatives.
In a lengthy interview with WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein, new Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith—the one-time innovative mayor/rising Republican star from Indianapolis—let loose some of his feelings about government’s role in managing traffic.
In short: He likes variable pricing.
In addition to giving an extensive shout-out to congestion pricing and suggesting a push for it Read More
Balance of Power
In his first major speech since he arrived this spring, the city’s new Deputy Mayor for Operations, Stephen Goldsmith, said today he wanted to reduce Albany’s role in city government, as he envisions engaging in a “project” to peel back some of the Legislature’s oversight.
The remarks came as part of a speech on Goldsmith’s Read More
New Deputy Mayors
To fill a vacant Deputy Mayor post, the Bloomberg administration has selected the former mayor of Indianapolis, Stephen Goldsmith, multiple people informed of the decision said Thursday.
The mayor’s spokesman, Stu Loeser, declined to confirm or deny the selection.
Goldsmith, currently a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, was a Republican mayor known for Read More