5:45 pm Oct. 11, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one rich person who won't leave the city if there's a new tax on the wealthy, as some mayoral candidates are proposing.
"No," said Bloomberg, when a reporter asked him if higher taxes would prompt him to leave, as he has suggested it would prompt others.
"I and, not all friends, but most of my friends, are very involved in the city, our families are here, and we have a particular tie to the city, and you know, in some senses, nobody likes to pay more taxes, but we're not gonna be leaving. But there are a lot of people who don't have [those] ties."
The mayor also weighed in on two upcoming elections: the presidential and next year's mayoral.
Previously, the mayor has said he knows who he's going to vote for in November, but he has steadfastly declined to show his hand.
A reporter today, at an event in DUMBO, asked him if he had any explanation for keeping his choice so close to his vest.
"I haven't chosen to, that's an explanation," he said.
When pressed, the mayor offered a somewhat more precise explanation: "Well, I think that is clear, that the mayor has to work with whomever wins."
"I know exactly who I'm gonna vote for, but we'll have to decide as we get closer whether I would give an endorsement," he continued. "I did not the last time, and I want to think long and hard about it. But that's my choice."
On one final unrelated note, the mayor also commented on the prospect, floated by the New York Post this morning, of Rudy Giuliani running for mayor again.
"Knowing Rudy, I think at this point in his life, I'd be shocked if he wanted to come back," said Bloomberg, adding, "And, I've always said, the more candidates the better. So, if four years from now, he wants to run, fine. I think it's probably too late for him to enter this thing. "
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