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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The individual to watch in the pending storm is Cuomo, who has the power to veto any tax increase even should the legislature vote for it. He has promised to cut state tax rates in his own bid for re-election, and has so far been careful to keep his distance from De Blasio's progressive fiscal ideas. But the two men are friends – De Blasio used to work for Cuomo in Bill Clinton's administration. Cuomo also has presidential ambitions and, as a savvy politician, knows when to bend with the prevailing wind. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bill De Blasio challenges New York’s millionaires with higher taxes
As mayor, he has built and preserved a huge amount of affordable housing. He helped turn New York into a more attractive place to live – and a more expensive one – but fell short in helping to create the jobs the middle and working classes need in order to be able to afford to live there. … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years at the helm of New York City come to an end
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
One issue with worldwide resonance is making buildings greener and Bloomberg's "benchmarking" approach - requiring owners of large buildings to assess and report their energy use - has already been widely imitated in the US. It can reveal that a few buildings are responsible for a disproportionate share of carbon emissions and inform decisions on tackling them. A number of other cities, Bowles says, have really been looking to it as a fairly affordable way of kickstarting major investments in energy efficiency for older buildings. … [Read more...] about Can Michael Bloomberg’s New York manifesto change the world?