New Health Commissioner to Continue ‘Nanny State’ Policies

Bill de Blasio announcing his new health commissioner.
Bill de Blasio announcing his new health commissioner.

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. Continue reading “New Health Commissioner to Continue ‘Nanny State’ Policies”

De Blasio Vows to Continue Bloomberg’s Soda Cup Fight

Bill de Blasio today.
Bill de Blasio today.

After his mayoral campaign sent vague signals yesterday about whether he would maintain Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal effort to restrict soda cup sizes at restaurants, Bill de Blasio vowed to do precisely that this afternoon.

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Bloomberg’s Latest ‘Nanny’ Move: Pushing People to Take the Stairs

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley holds up an stairs-promoting sign.
Health Commissioner Thomas Farley holds up an stairs-promoting sign.

First he came after the cigarettes. Then the trans-fats. Then the super-sized drinks. Now, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming after the elevators.

City officials announced a new initiative this afternoon aimed at encouraging office workers to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Under legislation proposed by the mayor, all new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovation would be required to give occupants access to at least one stairwell, as well as post signs near elevators pointing to nearby stairs.

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Tish James Will Spend Saturday Morning on MSNBC

Councilwoman Tish James (Photo: Facebook)
Councilwoman Tish James (Photo: Facebook)

Councilwoman Tish James, who’s currently running for public advocate, will be doing some cable news punditry this weekend. Tomorrow morning, Ms. James will appear on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes to discuss her agenda and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban. Continue reading “Tish James Will Spend Saturday Morning on MSNBC”

Michael Bloomberg Defends Soda Ban on Grounds That ‘People Are Dying Everyday’

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

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’”

John Catsimatidis Holds Court in Brooklyn

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John Catsimatidis

Freewheeling billionaire John Catsimatidis was told again and again it was time to for him to leave as he stood at the foot of the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn this afternoon.

“No, no, no…” his handlers pleaded as Mr. Catsimatidis, a Republican candidate for mayor, prepared to tell a gaggle of reporters about another press conference of his scheduled for next week.

“Now, there’s another press conference coming, guess what we did in Brooklyn that nobody knows about?” Mr. Castimatidis asked as his team strained to keep  their plans under wraps.

But Mr. Catsimatidis, arriving in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to originally explain his plan to call upon the MTA to freeze additional toll and fare increases, was in his element, rambling extemporaneously about whatever subjects the assembled reporters cared to discuss. Continue reading “John Catsimatidis Holds Court in Brooklyn”

City Approves Soda Cup Restrictions, Mayor Says It’s No Big Deal

soda ban new york City Approves Soda Cup Restrictions, Mayor Says Its No Big Deal
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Earlier this afternoon, the New York City Board of Health officially approved its plan to ban larger soda cup sizes at restaurants and concession stands, and, barring a successful lawsuit and a court order, the initiative will take effect in six months. And although a majority of the city’s residents disapprove of the move, at a press conference, a testy Mayor Bloomberg repeatedly told reporters the ban won’t be as controversial as it seems.

“I think it’s fair to say there’s no evidence that it will hurt their business,” he said about restaurants arguing the requirement will affect their bottom line. “Maybe outside of the limelight of newspaper or television camera, they would probably agree that down the road, what’s likely to happen here, what’s very likely to happen, is eventually they will just transition pretty much everything and change the public’s taste. Why? We cannot continue to have our kids come down with diabetes at age 6. If it was one of your children I think you’d be out there with a very different kind of question.”

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