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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.