City Releases Bid for Pay-by-Phone Parking Meters

A parking meter. (Photo: Flickr/Lucius Kwok)
A parking meter. (Photo: Flickr/Lucius Kwok)

Say goodbye to those flimsy little parking receipts sitting on your dashboard.

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the city has put out a bid for a contract that would allow drivers to pay for municipal parking by cell phone or online. Continue reading “City Releases Bid for Pay-by-Phone Parking Meters”

Did Mayor Bloomberg Warn Rupert Murdoch to ‘Stop Twittering?’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Photo: Getty)

At his press conference this afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked about his thoughts on the “Twitter universe” in light of a recent scandal involving an EMS lieutenant who was suspended after the New York Post revealed a series of racist statements he made on the social media site. Mayor Bloomberg described it as evidence people need to be far more careful about what they post online and suggested he’d even warned one of his fellow media moguls, Rupert Murdoch, to stay away from Twitter.

“Everything you send out is going to be retweeted, re-Facebooked, re this, re that and … if you write it down, some day somebody’s going to FOIL it or get it based on a judge’s order,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “You should write down, number one, only things you believe and, number two, then think about how it would look if somebody else sees it.” Continue reading “Did Mayor Bloomberg Warn Rupert Murdoch to ‘Stop Twittering?’”

Joe Lhota Wants to Meet Drunk Hulk

Joe Lhota (Photo: NY1.com)
Joe Lhota (Photo: NY1.com)

Prior to launching his mayoral bid, Republican former MTA chairman Joe Lhota was an extremely prolific Twitter user. Since hitting the campaign trail, Mr. Lhota has made far fewer posts on the social media site and stopped tweeting the witticisms he was previously known for. When Politicker saw Mr. Lhota at lunch yesterday, we asked him why he reduced his Twitter presence. Mr. Lhota attributed his lower Twitter profile to instructions from his campaign press team, specifically, his spokeswoman Susan Del Percio.

“I eventually will get back. You know I get handled by my press people,” said Mr. Lhota. “Susan, she threatened me, so I have to be careful.” Continue reading “Joe Lhota Wants to Meet Drunk Hulk”

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo: A Tale of Two Instagrams

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, as seen on Instagram.
Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, as seen on Instagram.

If their administrations could be summed by Instagram alone, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo would be a fascinating study in contrasts.  And one of the two top Empire State politicians is clearly much more at home on the popular photo sharing site. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo: A Tale of Two Instagrams”

Mayor Bloomberg Attempts to Make a Cuddly Internet Listicle

A photoshopped rendition of Mayor Bloomberg and the infamous escaped zebra and horse. (Photo: MikeBloomberg.com)
A photoshopped rendition of Mayor Bloomberg and the infamous escaped zebra and horse. (Photo: MikeBloomberg.com)

This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg journeyed into the belly of the meme-making beast when he visited Buzzfeed’s headquarters on 21st Street to announce a new “Made in NY” initiative involving a website and ad campaign designed to attract more tech startups to New York City. To mark the occasion, his staffers created a Buzzfeed-style listicle entitled, “5 Animals Who are Not Disappointed in Mayor Bloomberg,” on official city tumblr and his personal site.

“Since BuzzFeed is famous for lists, such as the ’33 Animals that are Extremely Disappointed in You,’ we came up with our own list,” the introduction to the post says. “Here are the 5 animals who are not disappointed in Mayor Bloomberg.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Attempts to Make a Cuddly Internet Listicle”

Obama Unveils Executive Order on Cybersecurity

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative to protect American citizens and businesses from hack attacks. Cybersecurity, of course, has recently made the news as complex attacks–allegedly linked to the Chinese military–have been waged against both government institutions and the media. President Obama’s executive order, which he announced in his speech after the White House sent reporters a preview, aims to curb this activity as well as more pedestrian hacking threats.

“America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks,” Mr. Obama declared. “We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.

Continue reading “Obama Unveils Executive Order on Cybersecurity”

Twitter Hacker Takes on Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez

Mr. Lopez's Twitter account after the hacking. (photo: Twitter)
Mr. Lopez’s Twitter account after the hacking. (photo: Twitter)
Assemblyman Vito Lopez has a new problem on his hands to go along with the ethics committee that is investigating him for sexual harassment complaints filed by four female former staffers. Some time this afternoon a hacker gained control of Mr. Lopez’s Twitter account and began posting a series of messages insulting the embattled politician and praising one of his rivals.

“We’re trying to figure this out,” a staffer in Mr. Lopez’s district office said when Politicker called them to ask about the hacker a few moments ago. Continue reading “Twitter Hacker Takes on Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez”