Bill Thompson doesn’t agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the next mayor shouldn’t move to Gracie Mansion. In a statement released this evening, Mr. Thompson, who finished a close second to Mr. Bloomberg in the 2009 mayoral election and is running again next year, said the mansion is the traditional home of the city’s chief executive.
“Mayors living in Gracie Mansion are part of the rich tradition and history of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks fly in the face of former mayors Rudy Giuliani, David Dinkins, Ed Koch and every other former mayor who has lived there,” Mr. Thompson said.
They’ll be wearing dark suits — not tuxedos — and after 14 years of celebrating their first date — May 9 — the inscription on their rings will mark a different anniversary.
From Sunday on, John Feinblatt and Jonathan Mintz will celebrate July 24, 2011 — the first day same-sex marriage is legal in New York.
Feinblatt, a chief advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, and Mintz, the city’s Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, will be married by the mayor tomorrow at Gracie Mansion, making it the first same-sex marriage to be performed in the official residence of the mayor. They’ve also made the rounds in the frantic days before their wedding, telling their story to NPR, and filming a segment with Bloomberg on This Week with Christiane Amanpour.
“We’re writing a book: How to get married in 17 days,” Feinblatt said, sitting in a hotel lobby on West 44th Street. They had just finished the NPR interview and were on their way to their respective offices downtown. Eventually.