Mayor Bloomberg on CityTime: ‘We Were Lucky Because of the Fraud’

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

New York City is lucky it got ripped off hundreds of millions of dollars in the CityTime scandal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning.

Mr. Bloomberg’s argument was that because the fraudsters agreed to pay the city back $500 million after being hounded by federal prosecutors and the city’s Department of Investigation, the project of modernizing the municipal payroll system ended up being a bargain.

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Bloomberg Defends 911 System After Quinn’s Intern Scare

Mayor Bloomberg at The New School today.
Mayor Bloomberg today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg sharply defended the city’s emergency response system today, one day after an outraged City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was compelled to personally call Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for help after an intern fainted in the heat.

“Make no mistake about it: Every call for medical assistance we treat as important. But ambulance dispatching is about prioritizing, so life-threatening emergencies are responded to first,” Mr. Bloomberg told reporters during a press conference today at The New School discussing new measures to encourage people to use the stairs instead of elevators.

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Michael Grimm Calls Domenic Recchia a ‘Pathetic Political Hack’

Michael Grimm. (Photo: Getty)
Michael Grimm. (Photo: Getty)

Congressman Michael Grimm is not a fan of his Democratic opponent, Councilman Domenic Recchia.

Indeed, in a blistering, 5-paragraph statement tearing into Mr. Recchia, the Staten Island Republican called Mr. Recchia a “pathetic political hack,” “complete empty suit” and “another hypocritical, career politician … void of an original thought.”

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Joe Lhota Releases His Own TV Ad

A screenshot from Joe Lhota's first TV ad.
A screenshot from Joe Lhota’s first TV ad.

A day after John Catsimatidis hit the airwaves with the first television ad of the mayor’s race, his chief Republican rival, Joe Lhota, has come out with one, too.

The ad, titled “Joe is New York,” focuses on Mr. Lhota’s working class background, his role in the Giuliani administration during 9/11 attacks and his work restoring the subways after Hurricane Sandy.

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Rudy Giuliani Says Some in Washington in ‘Denial’ Over Terror Threat

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who led the city through 9/11, accused some in Washington of being in “denial” about the risks posed by terrorism and said that Democrats too preoccupied with “liberal ideas” are putting public safety at risk.

Speaking at a fund-raiser for Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota last night, Mr. Giuliani, who made an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008, said that New York City remains a target, and that government must be ever-vigilant to stave off the next attack.

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Conspiracy Theorist Jeff Boss Launches Mayoral Bid

Jeff Boss with some of his posters. (Photo: Animal New York/Bucky Turco)
Jeff Boss with some of his posters. (Photo: Animal New York/Bucky Turco)

Jeff Boss, who has made a name for himself by putting up posters around the city proclaiming that he “WITNESSED THE NSA ARRANGE THE 911 ATTACKS” will be running for mayor next year. In addition to his mayoral bid, Mr. Boss, who is something of a perennial candidate, has his eye on the Governor’s Mansion in New Jersey, the White House and the Town Hall in Guttenberg, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan.

Mr. Boss officially registered his mayoral campaign last Thursday. He also announced his intention to run for mayor of New York City on his website, BossForSenate.com where he posted a lengthy, all-caps list entitled “Things I will do for you as Mayor of NYC.” Continue reading “Conspiracy Theorist Jeff Boss Launches Mayoral Bid”

Mitt Romney Knew More About His 9/11 Investments Than His Campaign Is Letting On

1031408 Mitt Romney Knew More About His 9/11 Investments Than His Campaign Is Letting On
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After 9/11, Mitt Romney invested in Endurance Specialty Holdings, a company designed to profit off the chaos that followed by the attacks. When Politicker first wrote about Mr. Romney’s investment in Endurance last week, Romney campaign spokeswoman Michele Davis told us the investment was part of Mr. Romney’s blind trust, which means he didn’t directly make the decision to invest in the company. However, upon further review, we realized that, though the holding has since been moved to Mr. Romney’s blind trust, he was directly responsible for his initial investment in Endurance. Continue reading “Mitt Romney Knew More About His 9/11 Investments Than His Campaign Is Letting On”