When Bloomberg said NYC shelters are a "more pleasurable experience" was he talking about his policy of saving (over)developers from themselves?
Last Friday, I visited a friend of mine who watches tons of television. The show 20/20 was on, and I caught most of the episode, which starred Stephanie Madoff Mack, the stepdaughter of Bernard Madoff. Stephanie was married to Mark Madoff, the son who committed suicide after turning in his father for his various malfeasances. She has put out a book, titled "The End Of Normal", which highlights the sequence of events that eventually led to the arrest and incarceration of Bernard Madoff.
Let’s start with full disclosure here.
I admit I was never a smoker, but it’s hats off to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council for the new law banning smoking in 43 square miles of parks, public plazas, beaches, and boardwalks in the city.
That means no smoking in Central Park, the pedestrian plaza even in Times Square, or again, at the beaches.
The mayor won the school control battle and seems poised to scuttle a bill on public authorities. Has he finally figured out how to get his way in the state capitol? David King reports:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing progressive changes to the city’s transit system. So progressive, in fact, that anyone who’s been living in a cave for the past eight years might think that Bloomberg could actually contribute to the wellbeing of the working people of New York City.
For instance, Bloomberg has recently noticed that the public transit system is “the lifeblood of our city.” He should know; he rides the 6 train to work (after being chauffeured from his mansion to a subway station by SUV, of course). Apparently, he’s come to the realization that the city’s lifeblood isn’t as plentiful as it should be. He’s released a whole 33-point program to fix transit for New Yorkers!
in the allegations that Bloomberg said "kill it" in regards to his employee Mrs Garrison's unborn and his company discrimination of pregnant workers, it is consistent with Bloomberg's mayoral control. His numeral successes are more important than children. Test scores are more important than the overcrowding and narrow focus on tests in schools.
Someone who doesn't respect life and is dignity shouldn't be in charge of our children. This mayor scapegoated and gassed THOUSAND$$ of geese for no real reason but to KILL. This mayor cares about his own EGO and wants high test scores to tout his own horn at the cost of our children who are deprived of a broad well rounded education. Life is not about passing test but about finding solutions. If you look beyond these test scores which are questionable, you will see that mayoral control has been a BIG FAILURE.
Accusations are flying that Mayor Bloomberg’s big contributions to the Republican and Independence parties may have had a hand in helping the Mayor win those two ballot lines. From the Daily News:
I'm no fan of Working Family Party since they endorsed Slush Fund Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn. However, I thank them for not endorsing king Blooomberg since these weekend would have been filled with mailings, emails, tweeters, phone calls, ads, canvasing etc on this endorsement. This mean one weekend without any contact from Bloomberg's campaign or any....., wait a second, I have to go, Bloomberg campaign office is on phone to inform me of Queens Chronicle endorsement, fck!!!!!
Deputy Mayor Slush Fund Queen Christine C. Quinn and king Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a $20 million commitment to fund a pilot program that will turn unsold condominiums, market-rate rental buildings and stalled construction sites into affordable housing opportunities for moderate and middle-income families.
First, that the city will overpay for the condos, making this into a developer bailout program.
And second, that too much scarce affordable housing funding will be diverted from the low-income people who need assistance most to higher-income people who can afford the subisidized condos.
At 12:01 this morning, the law that enshrined mayoral control of New York City’s public schools formally sunset, as the New York State Senate remained paralyzed by crisis. The old Board of Education was automatically resurrected, as were 32 community school boards, whose members are to be elected.
Whether or not this will stand, or if the State Senate will come back to order and re-issue some form of mayor control remains to be seen. However, what we’ve seen so far is not good: Bloomberg is making sure to keep himself and his corporate-world school’s chancellor, Joel Klein, firmly in control, with as little in the way of checks and balances as possible.
New Board of Education voted to do nothing till Sept. The board of education states there is not much to attend to during summer session so won't meet till Sept. Didn't king Bloomberg state there would be chaos yesterday if mayoral control isn't pass and now he states not much needs to be done during summer session. What a fiasco, this is the best time for them to act and plan for the coming year. Shame on them for selling out to King Bloomberg. Bloomberg must be terrified. He needs to keep Klein in place to cover his dirty deals - such as lack of NYC licensing of inner circle friends in the DOE, illegal contracts and inflated test scores.. A change in chancellor just might expose Bloomberg and Klein's corrupt practices. How can they be held accountable, when they call the shots. There is no independent monitoring of the budget or of student data. We need a strong system of checks and balances and then we can hold these crooks accountable.
Bloomberg stated at the Capital Press conference today that he would be hard press to explain this kind of democracy to children in the school system. Hey Bloomberg how about explaining to us first on extending term limits without a public referendum. Explain to us how the city council voted to extend their own jobs and guaranteed themselves a life time pension that taxpayers will foot the bill? Explain to us how extending term limits now has many more races unopposed since people can't run against the incumbent's pork? Explain to us Bloomberg since you refuse to address this issue and even call a reporter a disgrace for raising such a question.
Mayor Bloomberg, who has no consideration for other specie much less his own (unless the person is wealthy or a developer or the entity a corporation), just wants to bury his stealing of a third term so it looks like he's doing something.
Anything this man does is to benefit himself in some way. Schools are failing, buildings collapsing,World Trade Centers not built, whatever they are doing around swine flu isn't working, senior centers are closing and there are more and more homeless, and, under his watch, the economy, job market and Wall streets stumbled, he has to look proactive in "some way"- even if it's the entirely wrong way. Just as Bloomberg outzones us peasants he now kills geese for no reason. Bloomberg is a vile little man. His ego is killing this city.
By Morgan Pehme (a.k.a. The Brooklyn Optimist)
Before I lay out exactly why you should be against the City Council's move to extend term limits without your say, let me start by putting two common misconceptions to rest.
The movement against extending term limits is not about whether Mayor Bloomberg has done a good job in office. For the record, I think that he has. And if the City Council puts extending term limits on the ballot, as I believe they must, then you will have still have the opportunity to re-elect our Mayor if the measure passes.
So many New Yorkers are confused that this is an anti-Bloomberg initiative because that is how the Mayor has shrewdly framed the issue. Since the majority of New Yorkers feel pretty positively about him, miscasting the debate as “Bloomberg vs. No Bloomberg” twists the odds in favor of his agenda.
Which is more dangerous: Sarah Palin's claim to expand the role of the Vice Presidency like Dick Chenney OR Mayor Mike Bloomberg's attempt to do an end run around the voters by having the City Council over turn term limits?
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