Ends of Eras
Ends of Eras
It was a cold awakening for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent his first day as a civilian listening to speakers skewer his legacy, as he looked on, stone-faced in the winter chill at his successor’s inauguration ceremony.
Mr. Bloomberg, who departed City Hall last night with a triumphant walk through a receiving line of enthusiastic cheers, today returned for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, where he was met with a chilly reception as speakers lamented the current state of the city, especially when it comes to race relations and the growing gap between the rich and the poor.
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!”
Exit Stage Right
Want to attend Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony?
The mayor-elect’s transition team announced today that it is giving away 1,000 tickets to members of the public to attend his swearing-in ceremony on the steps of City Hall on New Year’s Day.
Shot in the Arm
Council Speaker Christine Quinn ended her tenure leading the City Council yesterday with an emotional farewell to staff and colleagues, marking the end of what, by all accounts, was an extremely difficult year.
Just last spring, Ms. Quinn was widely considered the front-runner in the mayor’s race–the heir apparent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg–who seemed destined to preside over City Hall. Instead, Ms. Quinn finished a crushing third place in the Democratic primary after a brutal shellacking by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
The Tall Man Cometh
A ragtag group of parents and anti-vaccination advocates rallied at City Hall today to protest a last-minute push by the Bloomberg administration to make annual flu vaccinations mandatory for New York City children as young as six months of age–after a much larger rally was canceled.
More than two weeks after being elected the city’s next mayor, Bill de Blasio yesterday announced the 60 names that will lead his transition team.
The list, which include civic and business leaders, provides a window into the kinds of men and women the mayor-elect will likely choose to lead his administration–and underscores differences in the approaches of Mr. de Blasio and the current mayor, while at the same time reassuring the business world he won’t rock the boat too much, observers say.
The Joys of Literature
Bill de Blasio, elected the city’s 109th mayor yesterday, met with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall this morning to discuss his transition to the powerful office.
Mr. Bloomberg, who endorsed no one in the race, congratulated the Democrat after his overwhelming victory last night–signaling that the billionaire mayor would likely facilitate a cordial transition for Mr. de Blasio.
The mayoral race today went from ferocious to bookish.
At an immigration rally on the steps of City Hall, the race’s front-runner, Bill de Blasio, repeatedly flaunted his 69-page policy booklet, waving and leafing through his raft of proposals as a way to demonstrate to the press–and his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, who was not present–that he is indeed a candidate of big ideas.
With the city’s future mayor and comptroller widely expected to be white and male, women’s groups are flocking to Tish James in the public advocate’s race.
At an endorsement rally today at City Hall, Mr. James’s backers noted repeatedly that the Brooklyn Councilwoman would be the first black woman elected to citywide office if she wins her runoff election against State Senator Daniel Squadron on Oct. 1.
“Let me be a little more blunt: Do we really want at the top of the ticket for all citywide offices–the most important positions here in the city–to all be all white, all male?” asked Sonia Ossorio, president of the city’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, flanked by supporters of Ms. James.
It’s unusual enough to see mayoral candidates campaigning together the day before a heated primary. It’s even rarer when they belong to different political parties.
But that’s exactly what happened on the steps of City Hall today as several candidates made a last-ditch effort to boost Latino turnout, resulting in the temporary union of Democratic mayoral candidate Rev. Erick Salgado and the Independence Party’s pick in the race, ex-Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión.
With Spanish-language media clustered around the eclectic cast of supporters–the cowboy hat-wearing State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr., one of Mr. Salgado’s most prominent backers, stood with Assemblyman José Rivera, a small slate of City Council candidates and the Hot 97 DJ L Boogs–the various politicians mixed English and Spanish in an effort to galvanize Latino voters.
“We know that there is a sleeping giant in New York. It is the Latino community,” said Mr. Carrión. “They represent the dreams and aspirations and desires of the immigrant communities that keep coming here.”