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Mayor Bloomberg's prepared remarks at the executive budget hearing in Albany

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Courtesy of the mayors office

“Good morning. I want to thank our committee chairmen, Denny Farrell and John DeFrancisco; the ranking minority members of the committees holding this hearing, Assemblyman Robert Oaks and Senator Liz Krueger; and all the members of both the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee for this opportunity to testify today.

“Seated with me this morning are Mark Page, the City’s Director of Management and Budget, and Micah Lasher, our Director of State Legislative Affairs.

“I’ve come to Albany this morning to express my strong support for many elements of Governor Cuomo’s executive budget and reform plan for 2012 and 2013, to indicate where and how the Legislature can improve that budget and plan and to present elements of the City’s own legislative agenda for this session.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Stakes Out Common Ground on Cuomo Budget

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, appearing before a joint Assembly and State Senate budget panel in Albany Tuesday, expressed his strong support for much of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for next year.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Mayor Stuck On "Shame Stickers"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An example of the "shame sticker." (Photo by Kilgub via Flickr)

(New York -- Kathleen Horan, WNYC) Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he plans to veto legislation that would put an end to the Sanitation Department's so-called 'shame' stickers on cars. The mayor said he supports the 25-year-old practice of plastering a fluorescent sticker on cars that violate alternate side parking rules.

"I think it’s one of the less productive things that could be legislated," Bloomberg explained. "Stickers are an enforcement tool that have helped to keep our streets clean and if you take them away, there's no reason to believe that we won't go back to the dirty streets that we had before stickers were put in there."

The City Council approved legislation last week that would ban the stickers, saying they unfairly punish drivers before they're allowed to prove their innocence... and because they're too difficult to remove.

The Sanitation Department has said the threat of the stickers has helped increase compliance.

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WNYC News

NYC Construction Related Accidents Declined in 2011

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced an 18 percent decrease in construction related accidents last year, even as permits for new projects increased.

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The Empire

Cuomo: New York Needs a Teacher Evaluation System by Year's End

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

By WNYC's Brain Zumhagen

Courtesy of the Governor's office

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defend his plan to deny school districts additional state funding unless they put in place a method for evaluating teachers.

Speaking to reporters in Yonkers, the governor pointed out that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has already threatened to withhold $1 billion in combined Race to the Top and other federal dollars from New York unless the evaluations are established. Cuomo said he can understand that teachers' unions have concerns about the evaluation system.

"I also understand that the students deserve it," the governor added. "The state said they were going to do it two years ago. The unions said they were going to do it two years ago. They haven't done it."

"The state can't afford to lose $1 billion in federal funds," Cuomo said.

The governor was in Yonkers Wednesday to present his budget plan to an audience of city officials and local high school students.

Meanwhile in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters that he remains optimistic that his administration can reach a deal on evaluations with the United Federation of Teachers.

A spokesman for the UTF said the union's president, Michael Mulgrew, hopes the governor's comments will spur Mayor Bloomberg to return to the bargaining table.

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The Empire

City and state lawmakers weigh in on Cuomo's executive budget proposal

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Downstate lawmakers, both state legislators and city elected officials, are reacting positively, generally, to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget speech given today in Albany. The biggest pieces of the Governor proposed—pension, education and Medicaid reform—took center stage.

They all could have significant impacts on the city's finances and public workforce. The Governor's pension reform would affect all future new public employees, including New York City first responders, while his teacher evaluation proposal could affect the ongoing battle between the city and teachers. And with billions being spent by the city on Medicaid each year, any change in the payment process is significant for the city.

“Governor Cuomo put forward a budget that demonstrates a bold commitment to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our great state. He has my strong support,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. Bloomberg has been a strong support of much of what the Governor proposed for education and pensions. The Mayor also said he supported Cuomo’s plan to “reduce onerous local Medicaid costs.”

Council Speaker Christine Quinn signaled she, too, supports the Governor’s plan:” This is the strongest state budget that New York City has seen in a long time. With this new budget, Governor Cuomo is establishing a stronger financial basis for a more vibrant and healthy New York.”

Up in Albany, city lawmakers signaled both support and concern for what they heard from Cuomo.

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Councilman Williams: Bloomberg's speech reaches "lowest possible bar" with police reforms

Friday, January 13, 2012

There were plenty of things Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn't going to address in his speech. The past year hasn't been a great one for the NYPD, and it was safe to assume Bloomberg would stay away from issues of police abuse in his State of the City address.

But that doesn't mean other city elected officials were happy about it.

[T]he only fleeting mention of police accountability was a line about increasing staffing at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption; while this is positive, it represents the lowest possible bar for which he could have reached," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams in a statement. "There was nothing on stop, question and frisk, nothing on surveillance of Muslim communities, nothing on anything of real substance to this crucial conversation.

"Make no mistake, this is a direct slap in the face to over half of New York City and its City Council."

Williams has been a vocal critic of NYPD procedures and actions since being arrested back in the summer during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn. In his statement, he did go on to praise the Mayor for two specific portions of his speech: his support for raising the minimum wage and the Dream Act.

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WNYC News

A Portrait of the City Under Bloomberg's Tenure

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his 11th State of the City address Thursday when he is trumpeted education initiatives, and re-ignited plans to develop the borough's vacant Kingsbridge Armory.

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The Empire

What's New: Unpacking Bloomberg's State of the City Address

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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By WNYC Newsroom

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to boot bad teachers from city schools by creating teams at struggling schools that would rate teachers and eliminate up to half of their staff.

Delivering the annual State of the City address on Thursday, Bloomberg’s selection of the Bronx's Morris High School as a backdrop for the remarks drew into focus the mayor’s role in public education, a theme he drove home in his speech.

"With an evaluation system now required by law, rewarding great teaching is an idea whose time has come," Bloomberg said. "We hope the UFT (teachers' union) will join us in this effort, because it’s the right thing to do for our schools and our teachers."

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WNYC News

Mayor to Re-Start Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will once again try to get the 575,000-square-foot former National Guard armory in the Kingsbridge Section of the Bronx redeveloped, according to a city hall spokesman.

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WNYC News

Emergency Responders Take 911 Calls Side By Side

Thursday, January 05, 2012

For the first time, emergency dispatchers from the NYPD, FDNY and Emergency Medical Dispatch services are in the same location and using the same technology to respond to 911 calls. The mayor touted this coordinated approach as a major milestone in the city's emergency call system, which has been in need of an overhaul for decades.

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WNYC News

Mayor Says NYC Marathon Should Foot Police Costs

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had no apologies for the organizers of the New York City Marathon, who say they have to raise entry fees because the New York City Police Department is going to start charging them for event security.

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WNYC News

Mayor Deflects Criticism That City Pollutes Upstate Waterways

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the city's practices after getting blasted in a letter from an upstate politician claiming it was using the state's water while polluting the waterways and causing economic hardship in the region.

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WNYC News

Upstate Official Rips City's Treatment of Watershed

Monday, January 02, 2012

A county executive in the Catskills says New York City is acting like an "occupying nation" in communities within its upstate watershed, polluting waterways, flooding homes and paying too little in taxes as it maintains the purity of its water supply.

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WNYC News

New York Traffic Deaths Hit Historic Low

Thursday, December 29, 2011

WNYC

The Bloomberg administration says the city will have the lowest number of traffic fatalities in its history this year.

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WNYC News

Mayor: City Continues to be Safe, In Spite of Economy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WNYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is focusing on the positive as the year comes to a close. With the police and fire commissioners at his side, Bloomberg announced the city is on track to record just over 500 murders for 2011.

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Opinion: Occupy Pop Culture

Monday, December 26, 2011

However much Occupy Wall Street doesn't want to be co-opted - by pop culture, commercialism or even other progressive institutions - it isn't stopping the culture-at-large from embracing the images and spirit of the movement.

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WNYC News

The Taxi Bill's Long, Winding Road

Thursday, December 22, 2011

WNYC

The path for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s outer borough taxi plan was much like a cab ride: bumpy and expensive.

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The Empire

With the livery legislation, as with all else, the state rules

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the wake of the Queen Elizabeth II-sized political drama of this week’s “taxis for all” bill signing, the blog grist mills have been working overtime talking about the Bloomberg versus Cuomo battle that happened behind closed doors.

The Daily News’ Ken Lovett has the pièce de résistance on the whole thing out in today’s paper. You can read the article here.

But then Ken posted a blog piece with the tantalizing, if somewhat scandalized, quote-cum-headline: Team Cuomo: "City Is A Creature Of The State"

While it might sound like a monstrous statement of unparalleled power and authority—second only to the governor’s “I am the government” comment—the reality is, well, the state actually has unparalleled power and authority over the city. At least that’s what I remembered from my days as a naïf reporter enrolled in Doug Muzzio’s class at the CUNY j-school.

I called him up to double check. Yup. I was right.

“In the American political system, cities are creatures of the state. It’s known as Dillon's Rule,” Muzzio said.

In truth, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city didn’t have control over the livery cab legislative battle. Sure, Bloomberg had proxies for the issue who carried the Mayor’s water through the state legislature. But Governor Andrew Cuomo was truly always in complete control over the situation. The Mayor didn’t have any power to give up.

“Mike Bloomberg may be the $16 billion gorilla but the bottom line is that, in state politics, Andrew Cuomo is the 800 pound gorilla, and that counts more,” said Muzzio.

Of course, nothing going on between Bloomberg and Cuomo is anything new, Muzzio pointed out by referring me to Mayor Fernando Wood’s call for the city’s secession from the state. Yeah, that was back in 1861.

“This is perennial,” Muzzio said. “With both Cuomo and Bloomberg, you’ve got two guys who’ve got extensive personal and political egos clashing. But in these kinds of clashes, the Governor wins.”

Not that the Mayor seems to take notice. From congestion pricing to first-in-last-out--and now the livery cab bill—Mayor Mike seems to be a glutton for political punishment.

“Part of the problem with the Bloomberg administration, and they often don’t get what they want, is because they don’t get Albany,” Muzzio said. “In the whole budget deal last year, you had the Mayor’s people pissing on the Governor’s people and vice versa, but come on: Why are you going to piss off the Governor?

“There’s a learning curve but it ain’t very steep. And sometimes it dips down.”

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