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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Looking back at Bloomberg's 12 years in office, it is easy to see how De Blasio's Tale of Two Cities rhetoric proved to be such a good fit for so many voters, and how the mayoral campaign turned into a race to become the anti-Bloomberg candidate, even as about half the city approved of the job he was doing. … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years at the helm of New York City come to an end
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
Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Eduardo Paes, has worked closely with Bloomberg. He says Bloomberg's example inspired him to expand Rio's flood preparations, prioritise pedestrians and cyclists in a port revitalisation project, and create new green spaces in run-down areas. Paes also launched a non-emergency phone number modelled on Bloomberg's 311 line, which residents can use to report problems and access many services. Rodrigo Rosa, a special adviser to Paes, says Rio had also looked to New York's example as it designed its new "geek unit" of technical experts focused on using data to improve the city's management, and its "hackathons" – two- or three-day events bringing specialists together to brainstorm solutions to knotty problems. … [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