New Council Begins Work by Overturning Bloomberg Vetoes

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Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras at her first hearing as chair of the council’s Finance Committee. (Photo: Twitter/William Alatriste)

In three unanimous votes, the City Council committees on health, public safety and transportation began their terms by moving to overturn vetoes from former Mayor Bloomberg.

The committees, which met for the first time this afternoon since the city’s new elected officials took office, voted to move forward with Bloomberg-vetoed legislation including a law to create a citywide animal abuse registry, and laws that would require the NYPD to report more information regarding park crime statistics and hit-and-run accidents. Continue reading “New Council Begins Work by Overturning Bloomberg Vetoes”

Bloomberg Warns the Next Mayor Could Follow Detroit Into Bankruptcy

This is Detroit. (Photo: Getty)
This is Detroit. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg would strongly prefer that whoever replaces him doesn’t run the city like Detroit and have to declare bankruptcy like the Motor City did last month.

So he gave a speech this morning outlining the importance of curtailing rising pension costs and ominous “special interest politics,” which he defined as the “most dangerous of all” threats.

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Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Catsimatidis

Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure.
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Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Liu

Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure.
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Twilight of an Era: Seth Pinsky Leaving EDC for RXR Realty

The waning months of Mayor Bloomberg’s reign are expected to be marked by a series of high-powered departures, as one official after another jumps ship before the mayor leaves office. The latest is Bloomberg stalwart and Dan Doctoroff protégée Seth Pinsky, who is stepping down from the Economic Development Corporation to take a private sector gig with RXR Realty, as the agency announced today. Kyle Kimball, who is currently the agency’s executive director, will succeed him.
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Liz Krueger Wants to Take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban Statewide

State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan to ban styrofoam in stores and restaurants citing a lack of biodegradability and high recycling costs that he called “terrible for the environment” and “terrible for taxpayers.” State Senator Liz Krueger responded to the mayor’s speech by jumping on his ban-wagon and taking it one step further–calling on the Legislature to ban styrofoam statewide.

“In his State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he will prioritize banning styrofoam food containers in New York City,” Ms. Krueger said. “This would be a great step forward for our city, both for the environment and public health – but we shouldn’t just stop at the city limits.” Continue reading “Liz Krueger Wants to Take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban Statewide”