Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
Seven years ago, when the Westside mega-development known as Hudson Yards was but a twinkle in the collective eye of real estate moguls and Bloomberg officiates, grumbling had already begun about inequality among the neighborhood’s residents. Those residents, of course, had yet to arrive. And the complaints seemed stranger still given that Hudson Yards had, Read More
When former Mayor Michael Bloomberg won mayoral control of the city’s public schools or watched his dream of a West Side stadium die in Albany, he went into battle with a team of around a half dozen people tasked specifically with lobbying the state legislature.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now locked in a fight for an income tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten, has taken a different tack so far: Only two staffers currently work under Sherif Soliman, the head of Mr. de Blasio’s state legislative affairs office. Both are holdovers from the Bloomberg administration.
Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his $73.7 billion preliminary budget plan for the next fiscal year–squirreling away more than $1 billion in surplus money left by the previous administration as he prepares to enter negotiations with the city’s 150-plus municipal labor unions, which are all working under expired contracts and itching for pay hikes and retroactive raises.
New York Quits
As part of his State of the City address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to expand living wage legislation using a tool he has previously rarely mentioned: an executive order.
Mr. de Blasio announced that he will move to drop a lawsuit filed by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, to halt legislation passed by the Council guaranteeing so-called “living wage” salaries to employees of projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies.
Veni Vidi Veto
Smoking is out at City Hall.
City politicians took to Twitter today to applaud CVS’s announcement that its stores will no longer sell tobacco after Oct. 1.
“Thanks to @CVS_Extra for taking bold action to improve public health & make vision of a #tobaccofree generation one step closer to reality,” wrote Comptroller Scott Stinger, a longtime anti-smoking activist.
Strongly Worded Statements
An emboldened City Council voted today to override six of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoes, furthering their break from the era of ex-Speaker Christine Quinn, who often sided with Mr. Bloomberg.
The council’s overrides applied to a diverse array of legislation, including bills to create an animal abuse registry, report information on crime in public playgrounds and tweak a paid sick days law passed under the old speaker.
Mayor Bill de Blasio today slammed his predecessor Michael Bloomberg for leaving him to negotiate expired labor contracts with every one of the city’s municipal labor unions–using some of his harshest rhetoric to date on the subject.
“This is an unprecedented dynamic and we’re going to have a huge fiscal challenge ahead. And one that should not have been handed to us,” said the mayor, speaking to reporters to today at an unrelated press conference. “The future should not have been mortgaged in this way. But it was by the previous administration and we will have to grapple with it.”
nanny de blasio
Despite the ascension of a mayor who ran on a platform repudiating much of Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, the ex-mayor fares quite well in a Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon.
Sixty-four percent of respondents said Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure was “mainly a success” and disapproved of the criticism the former mayor suffered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new health commissioner today vowed to continue former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial health policies, which many critics panned as overreaching, “nanny state” governing.
Mr. de Blasio’s new health commissioner, Mary Bassett, previous served as Mr. Bloomberg’s deputy health commissioner, where she was “one of the architects” of the city’s efforts to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, eliminate trans fats and post calorie counts at chain restaurants, Mr. de Blasio said.
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