De Blasio Won’t Stop Uniformed Workers from Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today's City Hall press conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at today’s City Hall press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will not stop uniformed city workers from marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, despite calls from a flurry of lawmakers who want a boycott of the event, which bars the participation of openly gay groups.

“I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to. And I respect that right,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters today when asked about the issue at his latest appointment press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Won’t Stop Uniformed Workers from Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade”

State Legislature Moves to Ban Novelty Lighters

Some especially cute cigarette lighters. (Photo: Getty)
Some especially cute cigarette lighters. (Photo: Getty)

New Yorkers may no longer be able to buy lighters that look like the Statue of Liberty or that cute cow in the photograph to the left.

The New York State Assembly approved a ban on novelty lighters today, joining the State Senate, which did so last week, and leaving the bill just a gubernatorial signature away from becoming law.

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New ‘Giant Margaritas’ Hip-Hop Song Blasts Bloomberg’s Soda Rules

A scene from the video. (Photo: YouTube)
Awkwafina. (Photo: YouTube)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s regulations against large soda cups in restaurants may have been blocked by the courts, but local hip-hop artist Awkwafina is putting him on notice anyway.

“Hey Mayor Mike Bloomberg, help me understand!” she declares in a video released today. “Our giant margaritas are going to get banned. Are going to get banned … Please don’t take my freedom, my giant margarita.”

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Mayor Bloomberg: ‘We Interfere With Free Enterprise All the Time’

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On the 10th anniversary of New York City banning smoking in bars and restaurants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg rebuffed any claims that his controversial public health policies violate the underpinnings of American capitalism.

“We interfere with free enterprise all the time,” Mr. Bloomberg said this morning at a press conference commemorating the Smoke-Free Air Act. “We set minimum prices and sizes on lots of things. … Most of the cost of cigarettes is in taxes and they’re taxes that are enacted by Albany. So if you don’t like that, my suggestion is you go up to Albany and ask them why they’re taxing cigarettes. I happen to think it’s a great idea because it saves kids’s lives, so maybe you want to also talk to the parents of the kids and say, ‘We’re gonna try to stop this and have them smoke and they’ll die.'”

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Bloomberg Considering ‘Biggest Loser’ Competition for NYC

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(Photo: Wikimedia)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s biggest proponents of government-sponsored health initiatives, may have a new policy idea thanks to a caller on his weekly radio show: a weight-loss competition similar to The Biggest Loser television series.

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Bloomberg Slams ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ Mississippi’s Obesity Rate

Disapproval. (Photo: Getty)
Disapproval. Disgust. (Photo: Getty)

Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed Mississippi–the state that recently passed an “anti-Bloomberg bill” to ban localities from requiring displayed calorie counts or restricting soda cup sizes in restaurants–as a “farce” with its efforts to block any importation of New York City’s  health initiatives. And, on his weekly WOR radio show this morning, Mr. Bloomberg took his argument to the next level by pointing to the Magnolia State’s obesity rate and the life expectancy of its citizens.

“You’ve got to love it,” the mayor exclaimed. “In the state with the highest rate of obesity, they passed a law that says you can’t do anything about it. Life expectancy in that part of the country is 20 years lower than it is in our part of the country. Thank about that! The average person lives 20 years less and they pass laws to keep … from making that better? If you wrote a book about it–if you wrote a movie–nobody would produce the movie. It would be so inconceivable, it would be ridiculous.”

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Mayor Bloomberg Thinks Mississippi’s ‘Anti-Bloomberg Bill’ Is ‘Just Farce’

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(Photo: CBSnews.com)

Earlier this week, lawmakers in Mississippi overwhelmingly passed an “anti-Bloomberg bill” to stop local communities from copying two of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s signature public health initiatives–limiting portion sizes or forcing restaurants to post calorie counts. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was highly critical of the legislation when he was asked about the bill this morning in an interview on CBS.

“You know, Saturday Night Live couldn’t write this stuff,” Mr. Bloomberg exclaimed. “How can somebody try and pass a law that deliberately says we can’t improve the lives of our citizens? It’s just farce. Nobody would believe it if you wrote it in the book.”

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