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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Was Bloomberg Your Only Mayor?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

This segment was edited for time and aired as part of a best-of episode on December 24, 2013. The audio from the live show is posted here and dates from November 7, 2013.

Over the last twelve years, New York City attracted hundreds of thousands of people from around the country and the world to move here. For those of you New Yorkers who moved here under Bloomberg, or who grew up as a native New Yorker in the last 12 years, what do you make of the imminent de Blasio era? What will it be like to not have Bloomberg as your mayor? What do you want to preserve, what do you want to change? And what do you make of the de Blasio critics who talk about the "bad old days" -- do you have a sense of New York City's past in that context? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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WNYC News

De Blasio's Long, and Lucky, Campaign

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from Bloomberg, and he gave them a consistent message of change. But after a rough start to his campaign, de Blasio also benefitted from a few lucky breaks.

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WNYC News

6 Things That Changed Since Sandy—And 5 That Haven't

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lots of quick, but limited, changes have taken root since Sandy. But the big challenges still remain.

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WNYC News

NYC Slow to Distribute Federal Sandy Aid to Homeowners

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Almost a year after Sandy, the Bloomberg administration said it is just beginning to distribute the first of $520 million in federal aid to homeowners trying to rebuild.

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Lhota Struggling To Win Latino Votes

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Over 700,000 Latinos are registered to vote in New York City — is it any wonder that mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are both courting them? But Lhota is doing worse on this score than Republicans traditionally do. For the first time in 25 years, a Republican might win fewer than three in 10 Hispanic votes.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Pushed New Yorkers on Health, and Often They Pushed Back

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Bloomberg has maintained that it's his job us to make people healthier and safer, and he has frequently declared, “Being mayor is about saying, 'No.'”

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NYMag's Adam Moss on the Bloomberg Legacy

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Moss says that Bloomberg came in "as a manager and as an engineer, not as an ideologue" but that he became "an autocrat for the people."

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WNYC News

Council Overturns Mayoral Veto of NYPD Bills

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The City Council voted Thursday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two bills that increase NYPD oversight and are seen as a sharp rebuke of his administration’s policing policies – namely, the police department's use of stop and frisk.

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WNYC News

Stop-and-Frisk and Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

As the city considers appealing a judge's decision that stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional, Mayor Bloomberg continues to defend the tactic as vehemently as ever.

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WNYC News

Judge Rules NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Unconstitutional

Monday, August 12, 2013

To oversee the reforms, the judge appointed an independent monitor, attorney Peter Zimroth. The judge added that "the Monitor's duties...will be no broader than necessary to end the constitutional violations in the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices."

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Schoolbook

Explaining the New, Lower Scores

Thursday, August 08, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, we talk about the new test scores and why proficiency rates fell so drastically. Does the falloff represent a blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education legacy? What do the new Common Core learning standards really demand? Were the tests too hard, as some teachers claim? And why did white students in New York City performs so much better than white students on average in the rest of the state?

We've also updated our school score tracker to include New York City charters.

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WNYC News

Current and Would-Be Mayors Differ on Jobs and Fiscal Responsibility

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and one of the leading candidates to replace him are laying out two very different visions on jobs and fiscal responsibility.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Takes Next Step on Post-Sandy 'Seaport City'

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is moving forward on one of the the most controversial elements of his vision for a post-Sandy New York: acres of new development that would extend out from Lower Manhattan into the East River.

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WNYC News

Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Large Soda Ban

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that struck down a ban on large, sugary drinks from being served in restaurants, theaters and other eateries in New York City. 

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Launches 'Recycle Everything' Campaign

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the “Recycle Everything” campaign today. The new initiative will promote new recycling techniques like residential food composting and the recycling of electronics and rigid plastics across the five boroughs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did Bloomberg Make Us Richer?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How do we begin to assess the Bloomberg economic legacy when it comes to personal wealth, and economic prosperity? What do we make of the state of income inequality in New York today as compared to twelve years ago?

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WNYC News

In the Battle Beween Albany and City Hall... Gov. Cuomo Wins

Monday, July 22, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's raft beat New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's raft by 18 seconds in today's Adirondack white-water rafting contest.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayoral History Smackdown

Thursday, July 18, 2013

As the Bloomberg era comes to a close, we look back at the history of the New York mayor's office and assess the accomplishments of those who've held the office. Which mayor transformed the city the most, and was Bloomberg just another mayor, or has he had a unique impact? Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times and editor of America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Mason B. Williams, author of City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York, discuss. Listeners, who's the best mayor in NYC history in your estimation? Was Bloomberg just another mayor? Post here or call 212-433-9692...

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Transportation Nation

Mayor Bloomberg Says You're Not Using the Stairs Enough

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WNYC

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg issued an executive order Wednesday requiring all new government facilities to be designed in a way that encourages physical activity, like taking the stairs. He wants to help the rest of the city do the same with new legislation and a new academic center. It's all part of a push to spread a philosophy called Active Design. 

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Schoolbook

After 12 Years of Bloomberg, Data Reigns in the Schools

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It’s no surprise that a mayor who built his fortune developing a computer system that gave the financial industry access to immense amounts of data would apply a technocratic approach to government. But Michael Bloomberg’s belief in data changed the entire conversation about public education in New York City by focusing on tests like never before.

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