De Blasio Says Bloomberg ‘Mortgaged’ City’s Future With Unsettled Labor Contracts

May-elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: William Alatriste)
May-elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: William Alatriste)

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.” Continue reading “De Blasio Says Bloomberg ‘Mortgaged’ City’s Future With Unsettled Labor Contracts”

Teachers’ Union Endorses Bill Thompson for Mayor

Michael Mulgrew announces the UFT's endorsement at its headquarters Wednesday.
Michael Mulgrew announces the UFT’s endorsement at its headquarters Wednesday.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign got its most significant boost to date this evening with an endorsement from the city’s powerful teachers’ union.

The endorsement, which was officially announced just before 6 p.m. following a vote by the union’s 3,400-member Delegate Assembly, will provide Mr. Thompson with the organizational muscle of the United Federation of Teachers, which boasts a sophisticated voter outreach operation, approximately 170,000 members across the five boroughs and millions of dollars to spend.

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