Outgoing Bloomberg Officials Reflect on Last Day at City Hall

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The Bloomberg countdown clock. (Photo: Twitter/@rachelhaot)

Outgoing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott began his final day on the job this morning with an early stop at City Hall, where he took one last look at the mayor’s famous countdown clock, which today notes zero days left on his administration’s watch. Continue reading “Outgoing Bloomberg Officials Reflect on Last Day at City Hall”

De Blasio on Bloomberg’s Legacy: ‘It’s Decidedly Mixed’

Bill de Blasio announcing his new ACS commissioner. (Photo: Twitter/ ‏@NYCTransition)
Bill de Blasio announcing his new ACS commissioner. (Photo: Twitter/ ‏@NYCTransition)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a pointed critique of his predecessor today, saying Michael Bloomberg’s refusal to acknowledge the city’s growing inequality would mar his administration’s legacy.

The current mayor has spent the past week criss-crossing the five boroughs, touting his accomplishments in areas including job growth, affordable housing construction and his investments in new infrastructure projects, such as the new 7 train extension. Continue reading “De Blasio on Bloomberg’s Legacy: ‘It’s Decidedly Mixed’”

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 Launches Campaign-Style Legacy Tour

A screen shot from the legacy website.
A screen shot from the new Bloomberg legacy website.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing for his exit with a victory lap touting his accomplishments over the past 12 years.

With only 15 days left until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s staff today announced a five-day, five-borough tour kicking off tomorrow “to highlight key Administration initiatives and success from throughout the last 12 years.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Launches Campaign-Style Legacy Tour”

Bloomberg Defends Ray Kelly’s Legacy After Playboy Interview

Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s legacy, following a stunning interview with Playboy magazine in which the city’s top cop reportedly slams this year’s crop of Democratic mayoral contenders for pandering and agrees with his interviewer that they were “full of shit.”

“I’d have a smile on my face if I were him,” said Mr. Bloomberg, speaking this morning on his weekly radio show with WOR’s John Gambling. Continue reading “Bloomberg Defends Ray Kelly’s Legacy After Playboy Interview”

Mayor Bloomberg Guides Successor With New Post-Sandy Plan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlining his plans to protect New York.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlining his plans to make the city more resilient to future storms.

He may not be seeking a fourth term, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg will nonetheless have an outsized influence in the coming years on City Hall.

With just 203 days left of his administration, Mr. Bloomberg unveiled a far-ranging, 250-plus-point plan to harden the city against future storms like Hurricane Sandy, dumping a massive–and hugely expensive–$19.5 billion to-do list on his successor’s lap.

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Mayor Bloomberg Wants the Law to Stop Interfering With His Plans

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg railed against the court system Friday, blaming lawsuits for railroading his agenda in his final term.

“We’ve got to do something about our court system. Because they just stop everything,” Mr. Bloomberg lamented during his weekly radio interview Friday morning with WOR’s John Gambling.

Mr. Gambling chimed in in agreement: “Everything gets stopped–everything the city does.”

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