Mayor Bloomberg Says Goodbye, Takes the Subway Home

Michael Bloomberg walking out of City Hall for the very last time as mayor. (Photo: Edward Reed)
Michael Bloomberg walking out of City Hall for the very last time as mayor. (Photo: Edward Reed)

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his final exit from City Hall this evening, passing through a receiving line of cheering staffers that stretched from the doors of City Hall and down the street, bidding farewell before taking the subway home for the very last time as mayor.

“If I wasn’t happy today, I don’t know what would make you happy. It’s a wonderful time and happy New Year to everyone,” the mayor told Politicker with a wide grin stretched across his face as he made his way through the crowd, shaking hands. The event kicked off with the release of gold balloons spelling out “1” “0” and “8”–heralding the exit of the city’s 108th mayor, who was greeted with shouts of “Bravo”, “We love you!” and “Happy New Year!” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Says Goodbye, Takes the Subway Home”

Transit Tango

john samuelsen Transit Tango
John Samuelsen speaking at the Local 100 rally Sunday night. (Photo: YouTube)

As the Giants fought the Packers in the divisional playoffs Sunday evening, another battle was unfolding at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held an all-night session of contract negotiations with the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate the city’s subways and buses.

Outside the hotel, the union held a raucous rally, where hundreds of members gathered in the freezing cold to hear their president, John Samuelsen, give a defiant speech about the contract talks. A pair of big-screen TVs broadcast the football game to the crowd. In addition to the winter chill and periodic cheers for the Giants, the threat of a crippling transit strike hung heavy in the air. Continue reading “Transit Tango”