On the one hand, he's the man behind one of the few news outlets that's still pumping money into journalism. On the other hand, he seems to delight in dodging reporters' questions – or insulting them. I'm happy he snuffed out indoor smoking in the city, and as a health nut, I have to admit that I agree with him when it comes to trans fats and supersized sodas. I really appreciate Bloomberg's work lobbying for gun control, but I really, really loathe his unflagging endorsement of the stop-and-frisk police policy. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul
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The 109th mayor used his inaugural speech on 1 January to issue a liberal clarion call of the type not heard in New York – or arguably anywhere else in the US – for at least 20 years. As the first Democratic mayor to take office in the city since 1994, he vowed to take on what he has dubbed "the Tale of Two Cities" – the vast income gap that sets a sparkling and buoyant Manhattan apart from the grinding poverty found in the outer boroughs. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bill De Blasio challenges New York’s millionaires with higher taxes
He pointed to Bloomberg's getting trans fats banned from restaurant foods in 2006, and advocacy for compulsory calorie labelling for chain restaurants, in 2008, as evidence of his success in tackling obesity – among the leading cause of deaths in the US. … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years at the helm of New York City come to an end
However, Bloomberg's determination to push preparation for rising sea levels and volatile weather to the top of the political agenda may resonate more widely. "It's not so much the specifics, but it's the idea that a part of a city's governance function is to take a long-term perspective," says Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth institute. "The idea is that climate adaptation is going to be a basic function of the city, as well as greenhouse gas reduction." … [Read more...] about Can Michael Bloomberg’s New York manifesto change the world?
Cuomo has described it as a 'crazy scenario' which only ever happened because FEMA refused to be the buying agent on behalf of all 50 states. He had requested that the feds buy the equipment then distribute it to the states if and when they needed it. Trump dismissed the notion, saying the federal government is not a 'shipping clerk' for the states. … [Read more...] about The charts that should give New York hope: ICU and hospital admissions continue to fall – even as deaths still rise – as Cuomo raises prospect of getting people back to work with antibody tests