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Bloomberg gives himself a "57" on PlaNYC

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg created not a few waves by unveiling PlanNYC, a 127-point plan to cut New York's carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030. The signature initiative -- which drew almost all the heat -- was a congestion pricing plan to charge drivers entering certain parts of Manhattan. That plan died under fierce opposition from the state Assembly. Also struggling is a proposal to make the city's taxi fleet hybrid, overturned by Federal Judge Paul Crotty. Even so, at the three-year mark the city is calling its efforts "a great start." New York City Sustainability Director Rohit Aggarwala sits down with Transportation Nation's Andrea Bernstein to discuss PlaNYC at 3.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg's Dig

Thursday, March 11, 2010

In his speech at the Atlantic Yards groundbreaking today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a comment that many took to be a dig at Gov. David Paterson.

The mayor, who has more than enough money to pay his way for sporting events, was talking about how much he and everyone else ...

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Transportation Nation

WNYC: Bloomberg: MTA Needs New Funding Sources

Thursday, December 17, 2009

NEW YORK, NY December 17, 2009 —The MTA board has approved an austerity plan to close a nearly $400-million funding gap by eliminating the W and Z subway lines, and more than 20 bus routes.

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Transportation Nation

The Takeaway: New York Mayor Bloomberg at Climate Talks in Copenhagen

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Copenhagen this week to take part in the Climate Summit for Mayors.  Last week, the Mayor passed his Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan, and this week he hopes to inspire leaders from other cities to follow suit.  With cities around the worldproducing more than 80 percent of the global carbon dioxide emissions, changes in urban systems can have green effects globally.  We speak with Bloomberg from Copenhagen.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg's Latest Campaign: You Fill in the ____________

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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Mayor Bloomberg is calling for more volunteers around the city to help clean up neighborhood blocks and teach free fitness classes to prevent obesity. The call for public service is part of the mayor's 'Give Your BLANK' campaign. It's based on the ...

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WNYC News

Klein Wants to Stay

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has yet to win re-election to a third term. So it might be premature to ask his Chancellor, Joel Klein, if he intends to stay.

Still, we couldn't help asking the chancellor. He was kind of a captive audience. The city's education reporters and the chancellor were ...

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WNYC News

Comptroller Questions City's Graduation Rates

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has made improving the city's public schools a central theme of his mayoralty and his bid for a third term. But one of his Democratic rivals, Comptroller Bill Thompson, is now questioning Bloomberg's track record.

The Comptroller's office released a withering audit of the city's graduation rates. The report sampled graduates from the class of 2007, in a way that was supposed to be statistically representative of the city. Thompson called the NYC Department of Education "the Enron of education, showing the gains and hiding the losses."

Out of 197 graduates, 36 took the same major subject classes two or more times and received credit for each passing grade. One student failed English 3, for example, but passed English 4 twice and received a credit for each course. Another received two credits for passing Global History 1 two times but this same student didn't take Global History 4.

The audit also found 19 graduates whose transcripts were incomplete. The Department of Education was eventually able to confirm that 17 of those students really did meet graduation requirements based on evidence from their schools. As for receiving credit despite taking the same class twice, the Department's response to the auditors said "what the Comptroller largely identified were repeated course codes, not repeats of the same class."

But Thompson said those answers didn't clear up one big concern:

"There are a number of questions as to what the real graduation rate is. And I don't think that, given the level of documentation with the Department of Education, given the level of documentation on the school level, I'm not sure exactly what the graduation rate is."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Comptroller Thompson on Mayoral Control of Schools, Unemployment and More

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Comptroller Bill Thompson in an earlier interview with the show

Comptroller Bill Thompson in an earlier interview with the show

The city comptroller, William C. Thompson Jr., called for greater mayoral control of schools today. Speaking on The Brian Lehrer ...

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WNYC News

More People But Not Many More Parks

Monday, July 13, 2009

A rendering of the first part of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is expected to open next year. Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents complain the parks promised with the neighborhood

A rendering of the first part of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is expected to open next year. Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents complain the parks promised with the neighborhood's 2005 rezoning are taking too long to be built.

Mayor Bloomberg has rezoned large parts of the city to make room for population growth, but he's had a hard time creating the open space where these new residents will be able to exercise. WNYC calculated how much more open space the rezonings will provide compared to how many more residents are expected to make those places their homes. It turns out that back in the 1990s, the city developed guidelines for this ratio: all large new developments, they say, should ideally provide 2.5 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents once they are fully built out. (See page 5 of this PDF.) Taken as a whole, the rezonings fail to meet that goal. (Go here for the story we aired this morning on this topic.)

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WNYC News

How Do You Say "Quidditch"?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz and Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner and Quidditch expert. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg and, on his right, Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner and Quidditch expert. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg certainly didn't know. In this snippet from this morning's ...

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Reveals (Some) Contingency Plans

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

With time running out for the Senate to renew the law giving him control of the schools, Mayor Bloomberg says he's reaching out to the five borough presidents in case the old board of education needs to be reconstituted.

Bloomberg joined a surreal press conference in Albany, via video feed, with Governor Paterson and legislative leaders.

He again urged all 62 Senators to come together and pass the same bill the Assembly already passed, reauthorizing mayoral control of the schools. He also urged voters to call their lawmakers to add some pressure. And he warned that if mayoral control expires "come tomorrow, the lawyers take over" because personnel and policy issues would all be subject to litigation and uncertainty.

But for the first time he also hinted at his backup plans.

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WNYC News

What if Mayoral Control Does Expire?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's administration is finally contemplating the unthinkable: what would happen at 12:01 a.m. on July 1st, if mayoral control of the schools expires because of the chaos in Albany.

City Hall has been looking at various scenarios and poring over the language of the state law. But Mayor Bloomberg hasn't yet said what the city would do. "Everything you did would probably go straight to court," he told reporters, because there's no road map for an orderly transition from one school system back to another. He said the city would have to restore some $350 million back to the bureaucracy which now goes to the classrooms, and "it's not clear whether we could sign contracts."

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WNYC News

Bloomberg: It's Me or the U.S.S.R.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at PS 69’s fifth grade graduation. June 23, 2009. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at PS 69’s fifth grade graduation. June 23, 2009. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg is urging senators to set aside their differences long enough ...

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District 37 Members Protest Layoffs of DOE Support Staff

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Members of District 37 packed the sidewalks outside City Hall today, many of them blowing whistles, to protest the layoff of 2,600 Department of Education support personnel. Workers with several job titles are at risk including classroom assistants, ...

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Math Scores Are Up, Raise Your Glass

Monday, June 01, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx announcing rise in math scores. Almost 82 percent of city elementary and middle school students met the statewide standards in 2009, a gain of 7.5 points over last year.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx announcing rise in math scores. Almost 82 percent of city elementary and middle school students met the statewide standards in 2009, a gain of 7.5 points over last year.

Mayor Bloomberg looked practically giddy as he announced that almost 82 percent of city students met or exceeded state standards on this year's math tests. This puts city children within shouting distance of their counterparts in the rest of the state. In the rest of the state, not counting the city, about 89 percent of students met the standards. The mayor also noted that the achievement gap had narrowed between both black and Hispanic students and their white counterparts.

But Bloomberg wasn't the only one smiling. As usual at these 'good news' announcements, the mayor was joined by the heads of the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators for a press conference at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx. As the mayor shared credit with the teachers and principals for the rising test scores under his watch, they bestowed a little love in return by making some of their strongest statements to date about their support for continuing mayoral control of the city schools. The 2002 state law that put Bloomberg in charge expires at the end of the month and lawmakers are debating whether to renew it. Most support continuing it with a few adjustments.

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WNYC News

Weiner Bows Out

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


There's one less candidate vying for the democratic nomination for mayor. Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner announced he was dropping out, complaining that even if he won the nomination, no regular candidate could compete with the well-oiled, well-financed machine that is the Bloomberg mayoral campaign.

"I'll make no bones ...

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McCarthy Endorses Bloomberg

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy endorsed Mayor Bloomberg in his bid for a third term today. McCarthy cited Bloomberg's national campaign to stem illegal handgun traffic and his track record on women's health care issues.

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Flu Sickens Rikers Inmates

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

rikersislandThere's now a swine flu outbreak at the jail complex on Rikers Island. Mayor Bloomberg says four inmates have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, and four others probably have the illness.

The mayor says correction and health officials ...

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WNYC News

Mayor’s School Panel: An Advisor or Rubber Stamp?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Members of the Panel for Educational Policy, most of whom are appointed by the mayor.

Members of the Panel for Educational Policy, most of whom are appointed by the mayor.

Next month, Albany lawmakers have to decide whether to renew the law that put Mayor Michael Bloomberg in charge of the city’s public schools.

Legislators have spent much of this year holding hearings on the issue. Supporters of the mayor credit him with school improvement; but critics claim he’s abusing his authority. Much of the controversy has to do with an obscure panel that meets once a month. In the summer of 2002, Albany gave Mayor Bloomberg something previous mayors had only dreamed about: control over the nation’s largest school district. Finally, the mayor could appoint the Chancellor, not the Board of Education. He wouldn’t have to fight any more with board members who could reject his proposals. The board was replaced with a new Panel for Educational Policy, an advisory body. And most of its 13 members would be appointed by the mayor and answer directly to him.

Bloomberg was in great spirits that July when he announced the seven educators and business leaders he’d appointed to the panel.

'Let me remind you that unlike the past Board of Ed, these members are all volunteers. They do not get a salary. They do not get a car and driver. They don’t get all of those other perks (laughter). We didn’t tell you that?'

It was a light-hearted moment. But the mayor grew serious when a reporter asked him how much independence his panel members would be allowed to exercise.

'Their job is to give advice to the chancellor. Not advice to the press. I do not expect to see their names ever in the press answering a question either on the record or off the record. That’s exactly what’s wrong with the current system right now. And it’s not going to happen. It has not happened elsewheres in this system and I would not tolerate it for 30 seconds.'

The mayor was true to his word. In 2004, Bloomberg removed three panel members right before they could vote against his plan to stop promoting third graders who scored poorly on state exams.

Since then, education groups and parents routinely refer to the panel as a rubber stamp for the mayor. But one former legislator who co-wrote the law putting Bloomberg in charge of the schools says that wasn’t its intention.

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"Gee, I Wish He Were a Democrat"

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Former Mayor David Dinkins endorses Mayoral Candidate William Thompson on the steps of city hall

Former Mayor David Dinkins endorses Mayoral Candidate William Thompson


Former Mayor David Dinkins is endorsing his friend City Comptroller Bill Thompson, the leading Democratic challenger ...

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