For one, it marked the end of an era, his last governing document over the finances of the city he’s run for the past 12 years. For the other, it marked the start of a new chapter, her chance to celebrate the early budget she hopes to inherit come January.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his wannabe successor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, unveiled the duo’s final budget deal Sunday evening, surrounded by fellow council members in the grand rotunda of City Hall.
Love & Romance
Mister Bloomberg kissed Miss Piggy again, and his girlfriend didn’t like it.
The fateful exchange came on Tuesday, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Muppets creator Jim Henson’s estate donated nearly 400 puppets, costumes and props to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.
Asked about the subsequent kiss he shared with Miss Piggy during his weekly WOR radio show this morning, the mayor said his girlfriend Diana Taylor disapproved.
Although Assemblyman Vito Lopez was cleared of criminal charges today, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics still found plenty to to dislike about him in a revealing report that concluded that Mr. Lopez fostered a shockingly sordid work environment in clear violation of official standards of conduct.
In the scathing 68-page report, Mr. Lopez–who was stripped of his powerful committee chairmanship and his position atop the Brooklyn Democratic Party after sexual harassment allegations first surfaced last year—engaged in such acts as hanging mistletoe in his district office and forcibly kissing a staffer, shoving his hand “all the way up” the inner thigh of another staffer and more.
At last year’s New Year’s Eve festivities, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lit up the stage when he shared a smooch with the pop sensation Lady Gaga. This year, however, Mr. Bloomberg will be joined by the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall’s precision dance group. At his press conference this afternoon trumpeting another record year for New York’s tourism industry, Politicker asked Mr. Bloomberg if he expects tonight’s celebration to top the time he spent with Lady Gaga.
“You know, I don’t–Lady Gaga, she was–I don’t know. I mean, I just–you know, with these six here, what am I supposed to say?” Mr. Bloomberg stammered, gesturing to the Rockettes who joined him for the media availability. The dancers laughed and smiled politely.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a Muppet-themed press conference earlier today where he announced that the Muppets will be “the official NYC Family Ambassadors” in 2012, but all the action was the romantic tension between Mr. Bloomberg and one of the Muppets, Miss Piggy.
“Can I throw Miss Piggy a kiss, because we’re friends?” Mr. Bloomberg asked before bending over and planting one on Miss Piggy’s cheek.
Ms. Piggy asked how the kiss compared with Mr. Bloomberg’s famous smooch with Lady Gaga, to which Mr. Bloomberg quipped “I never kiss and tell.”
Sex scandals sometimes seem like the common cold of New York politics, and another possible one may have emerged last night when Gawker published photos of highly-touted congressional candidate Matt Doheny sitting awfully friendly with a female companion and possibly kissing her.
Mr. Doheny, who’s running against North Country Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, forcefully rejected the claims. In a statement released by the campaign, Mr. Doheny’s fiancée said, “This is a very special time in our lives. I am deeply saddened at the state of journalism and politics that a so-called ‘news’ source would run a picture so out of context.”