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Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul

The billionaire mayor is a series of pluses and minuses that never quite add up. Let’s hope some of the city’s funky grit returns now It’s the eve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s exodus from New York City’s top office after three terms, and I have such mixed feelings about him.…

Judge blocks Bloomberg’s plan for all-Nissan New York taxi fleet

A New York state judge has blocked New York City’s $1 billion plan to replace the city’s yellow cabs with a taxi fleet made by Japanese automaker Nissan. The plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to create the “Taxi of Tomorrow” with a fleet of Nissan minivans breached the authority…

A tale of two cities: poor New Yorkers demand a slice of Manhattan’s action

Bill de Blasio, the frontrunner in the race for mayor, plays on a growing sense of disenchantment over jobs and policing after years of Republican control A man calling himself “Uncle” surveys the scene. It’s growing dark, and a misty rain is falling over Brownsville, in central Brooklyn, over rows…

NYC mayoral candidate hammers Bloomberg: His sense of noblesse oblige ‘is being rejected hourly’

New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio slammed outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) on Monday, not just for remarks accusing him of running a racist campaign, but for what he called a fit of defensiveness that surfaced during a Bloomberg interview with New York Magazine. “His sort of…

NYC Mayor Bloomberg says likely successor Bill de Blasio’s campaign is ‘racist’

In an interview with Chris Smith of New York magazine to be published on September 9th, outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg accuses his likely successor, Bill de Blasio, of waging a campaign that’s based on “class-warfare” and is “racist.” Bloomberg accuses De Blasio, whose wife is black, of…

Bloomberg ‘might feel differently’ about ‘stop and frisk’ if he had a black or Hispanic son

In an editorial published in Sunday’s Washington Post, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vigorously defended the New York City Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy on the grounds that the practice prevented 21,651 murders in 2012, before adding that “more than 90 percent of [the victims] would have been black and Hispanic.…

New York City’s ban on giant sodas struck down by appeals court

New York’s bid to ban giant, sugary sodas on public health grounds suffered a new setback on Tuesday when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down the proposed legislation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has championed the measure as part of the fight against an obesity epidemic and rampant diabetes,…

Anthony Weiner considering a political comeback in New York

Anthony Weiner, the former US congressman forced to resign after tweeting lewd photos of himself to women, said Wednesday that he’s considering a political comeback with a run for mayor in New York. Weiner was once seen as a frontrunner to replace billionaire Michael Bloomberg in November elections to the…

NYPD faces class-action lawsuit over controversial stop-and-frisk policy

A landmark trial challenging the New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy began in a lower Manhattan court on Monday. The class action suit accuses the NYPD of violating the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers on a widespread and systemic basis. New York city police…

Mayor Bloomberg to continue pushing for soda ban after leaving office

The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, vowed on Tuesday to continue his fight for a controversial ban on large sugary drinks after he leaves office, in a tacit admission that he will not be able to resurrect his signature health measure before a successor takes over. After a state…

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