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Today’s front-page New York Times story detailing Anthony Weiner’s lack of congressional accomplishments hadn’t been published yet, but last night, Mr. Weiner suddenly found himself defending his record.
It was at a Latino-focused forum and the topic was immigration. And, as he’s done before, the former congressman blamed Republicans for the lack of movement on the issue.
“Unfortunately, every member of the Democratic caucus, you can say, didn’t get much done during the Bush years while I was on immigration committee,” the slender-framed Democrat said, pivoting to a joke. “When I got on that committee, I was six-four, 290 pounds. This is all that is left of me.”
At a brief but emotional press conference this afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the controversial ban on large surgary beverages that a lower court had overturned earlier in the day.
“People are dying every day, this is not a joke,” Mr. Bloomberg said of deaths from obesity . “This is about real lives, 5,000 every single year in America. 7o plus thousand across America. As a matter of fact, it is (obesity) a world-wide problem. It is just as bad overseas as here.” Continue reading “Michael Bloomberg Defends Soda Ban on Grounds That ‘People Are Dying Everyday’”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is planning a big roll-out today of plan to bridge some of the differences between the teacher’s union and the NAACP and charter school advocates over charters sharing space with traditional public schools. Continue reading “De Blasio Wades Into Charter School/Public School Divide, Defends Public Advocate's Office [Video]”
If you have trouble catching a cab in midtown Manhattan today, it may be because a goodly number of them are up in Albany for a Capitol rally against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to allow livery drivers outer-borough pick-ups.
Although the plan has the support of the drivers’ primary union, the Taxi Workers Alliance, it is opposed by drivers who own taxi medallions or rent cabs from medallion owners, and who say they’ll lose money if livery cabs are able to do street hails.
The administration has proposed that livery drivers would be able to buy special medallions from the city to pick up passengers in the outer boroughs.
“This is a one-shot budget gimmick that won’t raise the money the Mayor is promising- but it will decimate the livelihoods of tens of thousands of yellow taxi drivers,” said David Pollock of the Coalition for Taxi Equality and Justice.
“The only way to raise the revenue necessary to avert the Mayor’s doomsday budget is by taking street hail permits out of the equation and just auctioning medallions. Auctioning outer-borough medallions would raise even more money—money that could keep from laying off teachers, closing firehouses, and shuttering day care centers.”