It's The Final Contdown
changing of the guard
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.
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.
For the History Books
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.
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.”
Rock You Like a Hurricane
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.
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.
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.”