Mayor Bloomberg Wants the Law to Stop Interfering With His Plans

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg railed against the court system Friday, blaming lawsuits for railroading his agenda in his final term.

“We’ve got to do something about our court system. Because they just stop everything,” Mr. Bloomberg lamented during his weekly radio interview Friday morning with WOR’s John Gambling.

Mr. Gambling chimed in in agreement: “Everything gets stopped–everything the city does.”

“Every single thing,” Bloomberg echoed. “You just can’t run a railroad this way.”

Mr. Bloomberg said that, while he was “sympathetic” to judges who are “supposed to determine the law,” the courts are now being used “as a process to stop things rather than a process to really find out what the law is. And that’s unfortunately the direction we’ve gone. And they’re just gonna delay and delay and delay.”

The mayor’s third term agenda has increasingly been blocked by judges, including his plan to bar the sale of large, sugary sodas, and a plan that would have forced men looking for space in homeless shelters to prove they really have no place else to go.

The comments came as Mr. Bloomberg discussed his final city budget plan, which had to be adjusted because of another suit blocking the city from selling 2,000 new taxi medallions, which the administration projects will raise a whopping $1.5 billion in revenue.

“These people are crazy,” he exclaimed. “All they do is go to court.”

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