Mayor Bloomberg and John Gambling Say Farewell on Final Radio Show

The mayor's last radio show. (Photo: Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice)
Mike Bloomberg’s last rasdo show as mayor. (Photo: Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice)

After an estimated 500 shows together, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his final appearance this morning on John Gambling’s WOR radio show–marking Mr. Gambling’s last day as he retires after a decades’ long career.

“You and I are going out on the same boat, just about,” remarked Mr. Gambling, whose voice strained with emotion as the pair traded praise and reflected on the past 12 years. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg and John Gambling Say Farewell on Final Radio Show”

Mayor Bloomberg Dismisses Anti-Vaccination ‘Crazies’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his health commissioner during a previous appearance. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)
Michael Bloomberg and his health commissioner during a previous appearance. (Photo: NYC mayor’s office)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning dismissed critics of his administration’s last-minute effort to mandate annual flu vaccinations for many city kids, labeling them “crazies” touting lies.

On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg’s Board of Health voted unanimously on new rules that will require yearly flu shots for all children aged sixth months to five years enrolled in licensed day care and pre-school programs–drawing fury from a small group of ardent autism and anti-vaccination advocates. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Dismisses Anti-Vaccination ‘Crazies’”

‘Why Don’t They Just Get a Life?’: Bloomberg on Critics of His Spanish

Mayor Bloomberg during an appearance on WOR. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)
Mayor Bloomberg during an appearance on WOR. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some choice words for those who razz him for his stilted Spanish: get a life.

Speaking on his weekly radio show this morning, Mr. Bloomberg–whose command of the language has long been the butt of jokes, eye rolling and even a parody Twitter account–said he’s actually pretty good and getting better all the time. Continue reading “‘Why Don’t They Just Get a Life?’: Bloomberg on Critics of His Spanish”

Bloomberg Praises de Blasio’s First Administration Picks

Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning praised his successor’s first administration picks and vowed once again to hold his tongue after he leaves City Hall at the end of the month.

This week, Mayor-elect Bill Blasio announced his first appointments, including soon-to-be First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and returning Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who’d served in the Giuliani administration and is returning to his old job next year. Continue reading “Bloomberg Praises de Blasio’s First Administration Picks”

‘I Liken It to Hemlines’: Mayor Bloomberg on Bill de Blasio’s Victory

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the radio.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the radio.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today compared the groundswell of support for change that propelled Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to victory, to the fashion industry changing hemlines on clothing.

Musing during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, the mayor rejected the idea that Mr. de Blasio’s election was a rebuke of his 12 years in City Hall. Continue reading “‘I Liken It to Hemlines’: Mayor Bloomberg on Bill de Blasio’s Victory”

Mayor Bloomberg Says Bluntness Helped Make Him Rich

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the radio.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the radio.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is adding more secret sauce to his recipe for success.

Mr. Bloomberg this morning credited his bluntness and willingness to speak his mind for making him one of the richest men in the world. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Says Bluntness Helped Make Him Rich”

Radio Host John Gambling to Retire

Mayor Mike and John Gambling, pictured back in 2010. (Photo: Spencer T Tucker via Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)
Mayor Bloomberg and John Gambling. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)

John Gambling, the WOR radio host famous in New York’s political world for co-hosting a weekly show with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is leaving his post just a handful of days before Mr. Bloomberg leaves office at end of the year.

Mr. Gambling, 63, made the announcement early this morning on the air. Continue reading “Radio Host John Gambling to Retire”