Mayor Bloomberg Says Goodbye, Takes the Subway Home

Michael Bloomberg walking out of City Hall for the very last time as mayor. (Photo: Edward Reed)
Michael Bloomberg walking out of City Hall for the very last time as mayor. (Photo: Edward Reed)

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his final exit from City Hall this evening, passing through a receiving line of cheering staffers that stretched from the doors of City Hall and down the street, bidding farewell before taking the subway home for the very last time as mayor.

“If I wasn’t happy today, I don’t know what would make you happy. It’s a wonderful time and happy New Year to everyone,” the mayor told Politicker with a wide grin stretched across his face as he made his way through the crowd, shaking hands. The event kicked off with the release of gold balloons spelling out “1” “0” and “8”–heralding the exit of the city’s 108th mayor, who was greeted with shouts of “Bravo”, “We love you!” and “Happy New Year!” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Says Goodbye, Takes the Subway Home”

Outgoing Bloomberg Officials Reflect on Last Day at City Hall

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The Bloomberg countdown clock. (Photo: Twitter/@rachelhaot)

Outgoing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott began his final day on the job this morning with an early stop at City Hall, where he took one last look at the mayor’s famous countdown clock, which today notes zero days left on his administration’s watch. Continue reading “Outgoing Bloomberg Officials Reflect on Last Day at City Hall”

De Blasio Says No Contradiction in Keeping Bloomberg Development Commissioner

Kyle Kimball. (Photo: Twitter)
Kyle Kimball. (Photo: Twitter)

Amid a flurry of last-minute appointments before he’s sworn in at 12:01 tomorrow morning, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made at least one eyebrow-raising choice: Kyle Kimball, the current president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation and a veteran of Bloomberg-era governance, will keep his job.

Mr. de Blasio, who framed his liberal candidacy in opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s economic vision, said today that one of the longtime members of one of Mr. Bloomberg’s most prized agencies–and a target of Mr. de Blasio’s criticism–was in fact in line with his progressive values.  Continue reading “De Blasio Says No Contradiction in Keeping Bloomberg Development Commissioner”

De Blasio Vows ‘Aggressive Action’ Against Snowstorms

A Brooklyn car buried in snow after the 2010 storm. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty)
A Brooklyn car buried in snow after the 2010 storm. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty)

New Yorkers may have elected him on his campaign promise to reduce widening income inequality, but Bill de Blasio still knows what can really bury a mayor’s approval rating in the winter months: too much snow.

At his final press conference today–just hours before he takes office–Mr. de Blasio said he identified with the woes of outer-borough residents struggling with unplowed streets and promised “aggressive action” if a big snowstorm hits this week. Continue reading “De Blasio Vows ‘Aggressive Action’ Against Snowstorms”

De Blasio Makes Five Appointments Hours Before Taking Office

Bill de Blasio and his new appointees (Photo: Twitter/@NYCTransition)
Bill de Blasio and his new appointees (Photo: Twitter/@NYCTransition)

With less than 12 hours to go before he’s sworn in as mayor, Bill de Blasio dramatically picked up the pace of his appointments this afternoon, naming five top staffers, including new leaders for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeless Services. Continue reading “De Blasio Makes Five Appointments Hours Before Taking Office”

Catholic Group Says de Blasio Prioritizes Horses Over Babies

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Bill Donohue is quickly becoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s loudest naysayer. 

The Catholic League president, who first ripped Mr. de Blasio for failing to include Catholic priests on his transition team, is now tweaking the liberal mayor-to-be for vowing to abolish horse-drawn carriages but not city “abortion facilities.” Continue reading “Catholic Group Says de Blasio Prioritizes Horses Over Babies”

Bloomberg Reflects on Final Day as Mayor: ‘I’m Looking Forward to Tomorrow’

Michael Bloomberg attending his final event as mayor this morning: an interfaith breakfast.
Michael Bloomberg attending his final event as mayor this morning: an interfaith breakfast.

A rabbi, a bishop, a Buddhist monk, a sheikh, a Sikh and a Hindu priest walked into a library this morning to bid farewell to a mayor.

Michael Bloomberg attended his final event as the city’s 108th mayor today, offering thanks and parting words at his 13th annual interfaith breakfast at the grand New York Public Library. Continue reading “Bloomberg Reflects on Final Day as Mayor: ‘I’m Looking Forward to Tomorrow’”