I've lived all over Manhattan, from the East Side to the Upper West Side to Harlem to Washington Heights. Sure, it helped to be rich if you were living in Manhattan. But I also saw that middle and lower class families could raise their children, too, social workers and classical musicians and teachers and dockworkers. There was room for everybody. Today? I'm not so sure. Manhattan has become a playground for the rich – a sterile playground – and Brooklyn's not far behind. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul
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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
Response to De Blasio's battlecry has so far been muted in the wake of his inaugural address. "I sense that a lot of people are pretty nervous about what the next few years are going to bring, but folk at the top are in a wait-and-see mode as they try to figure out whether the new mayor is prepared to work with them," said Scott Winship, a senior fellow at the conservative thinktank the Manhattan Institute. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bill De Blasio challenges New York’s millionaires with higher taxes
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