Approximately three dozen activists gathered on the steps of City Hall yesterday, on the eve of the Board of Health’s hearing on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban large sizes of sugary drinks within the city.
On Monday, the Bloomberg administration asked private companies interested in operating New York City's expansive parking meter system, the largest in the country, to send in their qualifications.(1)
Bloomberg says the argument is between managing stop-and-frisk and ending it, and some critics agree
Speaking at a church in Brownsville yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk program, which he said had saved lives, particularly in black and Hispanic communities.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to the heart of stop-and-frisk country on Sunday morning to talk about murder, and how the controversial police tactic reduces its incidence.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said the potential loss of $1 billion in taxi medallion revenue could mean a lot of layoffs.
"It would mean a lot fewer workers, I’ll tell you that," he said, during his regular Friday appearance on the John Gambling Show.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said that the governor's effort to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, which he publicly supports, is not an olive branch to stop-and-frisk critics, "but it will certainly end some of the objections."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio recently embraced a taxi lawsuit that now stands to gash a $1 billion hole in New York City's budget. Today, he held a press conference seeking to patch that budgetary hole up.
The June 17 silent march along Fifth Avenue protesting the city's stop-and-frisk policy will end at the home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said one of the labor leaders organizing the event.
Today, city budget director Mark Page said that the budgetary damage from last week's court decision delaying the mayor's borough taxi plan would somehow be absorbed this fiscal year, and would inflate next year's budget deficit to $4 billion.
"You have to look at the amount that was spent on each side and compare it to the number of votes received," said Applebaum. "Even though we may have lost the governor's race in Wisconsin, it was the result of extraordinary, Bloomberg-like expenditures and that is not something that is going to be able to be replicated throughout the country."
Appelbaum, an outspoken advocate of labor and progressive caucus, said, "I'd much prefer to have an energized public than i would to have to count on 30:1 expenditures."
I asked if Walker's election suggested that progressives needed to focus more on raising money to close the financial gap against their opponents.
"Nah, I don't see it that way," he said. "For me, what's it about is members of the progressive community need to start activating people the way that it happened in Wisconsin." He called what happened in Wisconsin "really a model of how to get people involved. we need to start doing that now."
"Obama is not going to be outspent 25:1, or 30:1," said Appelbaum.
Two junior members of the Assembly argue over who can claim more responsibility for getting rich New Yorkers to pay higher taxes. [Alison Gendar]
Rep. Charlie Rangel's delegation will help raise money for State Senator Adriano Espaillat's delegation on June 28. [Nick Reisman]
As far as the race to succeed him is concerned, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tends to reserve praise for his ally, Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Today, he lavished praise on two of her rivals.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today defended Andrew Cuomo's direction of gambling-industry funds to a group that supports his agenda.
Many of the awardees also kept it light. Getting his award, De Niro said the “oversized subway token” was nicer than a glass apple he’d gotten from Mayor Koch.
“It says ‘Made in New York’, then in smaller letters, it says ‘Made in China’,” he said to laughs. “It symbolizes how much of New York is owned by China.”
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