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Howard Wolfson, NYC deputy mayor for Government Affairs and Communications and former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's budget and his challenge grant to Planned Parenthood.
Mayor Bloomberg seems genuinely concerned about the health of New Yorkers, yet has been virtually silent on the plan to convert the St. Vincent's site to a luxury condo development. The development will include no affordable housing, and an "urgent care center" from which emergency patients will have to be transported to hospitals uptown or on the East Side. At the moment, there are zero hospital beds between 59th Street and Battery Park on the West Side, while there are upwards of 3,000 beds on the Upper East Side. Many of us fear that those long ambulance rides will cost lives. I know absolutely no Village resident who thinks that luxury condos are a better use of the land than a full-service hospital would be.
A citizen of New York City comments, regarding pension costs:20 and out has got to go.No overtime should be included in calculating pension benefits, and that should be retroactive.
I used to like Howard, but as is evident here, he stimulates obsolutely no one. sad.
Please follow up: If the Mayor's office believes tourism should help create jobs, why isn't it backing the effort to legally require live, licensed tour guides on bus tours in NYC? Hundreds of living wage union jobs are being destroyed or threatened by the Mayor's inaction.
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Who was mayor for the last 10 years while these pension obligations were being accumulated or ignored?
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