Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg speaks after the shooting of an NYPD Officer. (Spencer T Tucker)

New Yorker writer Ken Auletta evaluates Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy as he prepares to leave office after 12 years running New York. Auletta looks back on how Bloomberg has shaped the city and influenced politics. His article “After Bloomberg” is in the August 26, 2013, issue of The New Yorker.


Ken Auletta

Comments [16]

JM from New Jersey

I don't know what payroll records Mr. Auletta was reading. I worked for the City for over 25 years and I always contributed to my health insurance. I'm retired now and I still contribute to my health insurance.

Aug. 28 2013 01:48 PM

I appreciate many of the comments posted here.

But, alas, my expectations have been confirmed: Not a single comment on the paradox and grotesque irony of a certain much-noted and acclaimed aspect of Bloomberg's time in office and the accompanying characterization of him. For as many accomplishments in the area in question as the city's outgoing Chief Executive may be able to claim... long as he remains as unrepentantly complicit, as he is, in the unsconscionable whitewashing and effective promotion, demanded by a powerful lobby, of an inordinately, uniquely disease-spreading act (buggery; anal penetration)... call him "The Public Health Mayor" is nothing short of Orwellian.

Aug. 27 2013 02:50 PM

Prince mike wouldn't have to pay any retro pay if he would offer a fair contract on time!
City workers are working without a contract today so of course when the new contract goes into effect it will effect the pay for the whole contract period.
Soon contracts will expire before they end
Sounds like a joke but hey you voted for him 3 times!

Aug. 27 2013 12:40 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Ah, yes, the NYC RNC & Bloomberg's "free speech zones." The mayor didn't understand that this entire country is a free speech zone, thanks to the First Amendment.

Aug. 27 2013 12:30 PM
Myra Alperson from Washington Heights

While Bloomberg refused to budget for retroactive pay for city workers, he allocated $50 million for a new arts center at the as yet unbuilt Hudson Yards development. That money should be redirected to retroactive pay. New York already has outstanding are resources and does not need another, which would, coincidentaly, be located in a development dedicated to market-rate housing and new corporations - probably difficult for the huddle masses to reach.

I haven't heard any of the mayoral candidates discuss this allocation, but I was disgusted when I read about it.

Aug. 27 2013 12:29 PM
kikakiki26 from harlem/wall street

The benefits that he is talking about are a thing of the past, the union workers don't get as much in benefits as they used to. Retirement after 20 years is no longer in 90% of contracts, free health benefits are no longer in most contracts, the cost to the workers is low but it is no longer free, the raises are minimal 1% 2% and not every year anymore, the 4% they last received was over a period of years not all in one year so while the cost of living is going up 4% 5% per year the wages are lagging behind. Productivity is much higher. Civil service workers are required to have more education for less pay than their counterparts in private industry. So lets talk what is really happening now and not what benefits were like in the heyday of union workers, btw those union workers are the middle class of the city who pay the most (percentage of income) in taxes, buy the goods and services and try to send their kids to college.

Aug. 27 2013 12:27 PM

To attack poverty in New York City, the mayor would have to address the single biggest to financial stress for average New Yorkers — housing costs. But Bloomberg has done everything a mayor can do to inflate housing costs in the city.

Aug. 27 2013 12:27 PM
Nancy from Brooklyn

Bloomberg lives divorced from the reality of how people of modest means live, not just the reality of poor people's lives. And, clearly, he's never been interested in knowing more.

Aug. 27 2013 12:26 PM
Kaitlyn from Northern NJ

Let us not forget the mass arrests during the 2004 Republican National Convention and the Mayor's policy of criminalizing dissent.

Aug. 27 2013 12:25 PM
Opal S from NYC

Read your article in the NYer and note that you do not mention that homelessness is at an all time high and affordable housing has decreased due to his appointments to the Rent Guidelines Board; he unfairly appoints only financial and real estate people who do not represent the NYC public.

The Mayor has built high rise luxury condos hoping to increase the NYC population by a million with no regard for the environment. The people have had to fight tooth and nail to keep our landmarks which has helped us preserve some of wonderful architecture and saved us from making the NYC look like Gotham City of the comic strips.

The luxury condos were supposed to increase tax revenues--well where are the increased revenues? Schools and hospitals are being closed affecting primarily low income people.

I support his gun control stand but hate his stop and frisk policies.

Aug. 27 2013 12:23 PM
Bobby G from East Village

Ken Auletta nailed it. The number one issue in this city is the budget implications of City employee pensions, healthcare and contracts.

Aug. 27 2013 12:23 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

The mayor's and commissioner's belief in Stop and Frisk is very much a case of Sic Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc, e.g. a fallacy. Many cities that do not have a policy of stop and frisk have also experienced a drop in violent crimes. The drop in crime can also be attributed to the availability of safe and legal abortions and the decrease of lead in the environment.

What cannot be argued is that the mayor and commissioner are willing to violate the constitutional rights of a segment of the population by the at best haphazard/at most malicious execution of stop and frisk. The same administration was willing to cage protestors at the 2008 RNC convention, so there is not a lot of surprise that for Bloomberg the ends justifies the means.

What if EVERY person who was stopped and frisked and NOTHING was turned up got a check for $5,000? Would the mayor still be willing to use this unconstitutional policy? If so, he ought to open his checkbook and prove it.

Aug. 27 2013 12:22 PM

Why not pay public employees private market rates then they can pay for their own healthcare.

Aug. 27 2013 12:21 PM

people need health coverage for life, single payer, universal coverage is the only answer Mr. Auletta

Aug. 27 2013 12:20 PM
Joe from nearby

Why did he need a 3d term?

What agaenda did he need to finish in the final term??

Aug. 27 2013 12:08 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Bloomberg is leaving the city in far better shape than it was when he came into office. What better legacy for a politician is there than that? I only hope the city doesn't slip back into its old ways that were left behind nearly two decades ago. That would be terrible.

Aug. 27 2013 11:55 AM

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