Bloomberg: FreshDirect ‘never would have come’ to the Bronx with Living Wage

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Michael Bloomberg said the City Council's decision to delay passage of the Living Wage bill until after FreshDirect relocated from Queens to the Bronx proves how bad it is for businesses.

"It's fascinating," Bloomberg said this morning in his weekly appearance on John Gambling's radio show. "This was a bill that was held up until FreshDirect signed their lease and the bill said only people that signed leases afterwards would this apply to, because FreshDirect never would have come, or would have gone to New Jersey if we had this bill." 

The City Council overode the mayor's veto of Living Wage legislation yesterday. Today, the mayor reiterated his intent to fight the legislation in court.

Bloomberg also defended his recently passed $68.5 billion budget, which the New York Times editorial board, financial analyst Nicole Gelinas and City Councilman Dan Garodnick, among others, have said relies too heavily on nonrecurring revenue.

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"Some of the watchdogs have said, 'Oh, it's one-shots,'" Bloomberg said. "Well that's true, but there's always a whole bunch of one-shots. What are we supposed to do? Throw the money away?"