So Just How Big Has New York’s Tech Sector Gotten?

Just in time to hand the whole dog-and-pony show off to his successor, Mayor Bloomberg finally has some new numbers to rattle off at those chipper press conferences he’s always holding at startup offices.

Today, pegged to the closed-door Bloomberg Technology Summit, hizzoner’s foundation dropped a big report on the state of the city’s tech business. And, well, would you believe it? They found that it’s grown prodigiously since 2007.
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Mayor Bloomberg Will Not Endorse in Mayor’s Race

Mayor Bloomberg during an appearance on WOR. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)
Mayor Bloomberg during an appearance on WOR. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed this morning that he will not weigh in on the mayor’s race–despite having recently called one of the likely contender’s campaign’s “racist.”

“I decided I am not going to make an endorsement in the race,” said Mr. Bloomberg during a truncated appearance on WOR’s John Gambling show, which marked his first interview since the mayoral primary Tuesday night.

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Bullet Points: How Mayor Mike Is Reshaping The Debate On Guns

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Dale Stephanos

Early on a Friday morning last month, a deranged shooter walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and sprayed enough bullets to injure 58 people and murder 12. A few hours later, Mayor Mike Bloomberg was set to go on his weekly radio hour with 710 AM radio host John Gambling.

No sooner had the host, who has met with the mayor nearly every week at the same hour for the last decade, said “Good morning,” than Mr. Bloomberg, his voice trembling with anger, slammed the nation’s political culture for sitting by while the bodies piled up.

“You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” he inveighed. Continue reading “Bullet Points: How Mayor Mike Is Reshaping The Debate On Guns”

Frisky Business: Once Again, Police Practices Matter In Politics

ray kelly5 Frisky Business: Once Again, Police Practices Matter In PoliticsOne afternoon earlier this month, Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and a potential mayoral candidate, held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to unveil a new report and suggest a modest reform. The New York Police Department has seen the number of people it has stopped and frisked skyrocket, often without yielding any evidence of a crime. Mr. de Blasio suggested the agency simply record the number and location of their stops, just as they record murder, thefts and rapes under CompStat, the computerized police accountability system that is credited with keeping the city’s plunging crime rate low.

A few hours later, Howard Wolfson, Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for communications and an old pal of Mr. de Blasio’s from their days on the Hillary Clinton Senate campaign, sent out a blistering response. Continue reading “Frisky Business: Once Again, Police Practices Matter In Politics”

Roundup: We Didn’t Make It An Issue

Even more details emerged about Christine Quinn’s wedding tomorrow. (She’s nervous.)

Right-wing editorial boards and bloggers swooped in to defend Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin from Chuck Schumer.

Mike Bloomberg on Stop-and-Frisk: “We don’t racial profile.”

Elizabeth Crowley’s campaign, profiled.

She appears to be getting her marching orders from the PBA. Continue reading “Roundup: We Didn’t Make It An Issue”

For A Day, Council And Quinn Stand Firmly Against Mayor Bloomberg

christinequinn3 For A Day, Council And Quinn Stand Firmly Against Mayor BloombergCouncil Speaker Christine Quinn  seemed a bit flustered at a news conference before the City Council’s monthly stated meeting. She spoke louder and faster than usual. She interrupted herself at one point to take a long drink from a glass of water underneath the podium.  She fanned herself. When another council member came up to the podium to speak, Ms. Quinn, standing in the background, brushed some dirt off the suit jacket of Councilmember Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn.

If Ms. Quinn seemed a bit anxious, perhaps it was the City Council was today voting to override a veto by her erstwhile ally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on legislation that would require the tenants in city-owned buildings to pay service workers a prevailing wage, and voting on another bill that would set up examine how financial institutions where the city does its banking serve local communities. Continue reading “For A Day, Council And Quinn Stand Firmly Against Mayor Bloomberg”

Roundup: Four Times Smarter Than Most Politicians

Noam Schreiber can’t understand why Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are courting Mike Bloomberg:  “If this is what passes for a kingmaker, then royalty really has lost its cachet.”

Andrew Cuomo downplayed the federal government’s rejection of a loan to rebuild the Tappan Zee bridge.

Cuomo was asked if he would like to comment on today’s Daily News poll that shows him trailing,  badly, to Hillary Clinton in a 2016 New York primary: “Nope,” was his answer.

Alec Baldwin on Christine Quinn: This is a woman who stormed out of an event yesterday after lecturing a group of students who were jeering Bloomberg on the merits of democracy. Yet she single handedly worked with Bloomberg to overturn the term limits for her own personal gain. Everyone in this town knows what Bloomberg said. He said, “If you do this for me I’m going to give you my rolodex. I’m going to raise a shit bag of money for you.” Continue reading “Roundup: Four Times Smarter Than Most Politicians”