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City Council Will Question Bloomberg Team About Storm

Monday, January 10, 2011

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration will be questioned in detail on Monday for the first time about its admittedly poor response to the post-Christmas blizzard. 

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Snow Probe, live

Monday, January 10, 2011

Here's the link to the live video feed of the City Council hearing into the city's botched snow removal efforts.

NYT reporter Javier Hernandez says"The hearing on Monday promises to be one of the most explosive political events of the year."

Among those expected to testify are Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith - who tweeted what a good job city workers were doing; Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, who has said he sees seen no evidence of an unofficial work slowdown.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn - an ally of Mayor Bloomberg - has already forwarded to his office the questions the City Council would like addressed during the hearing.

Quinn explained, "We sent this to the administration so that they don’t show up and say, ‘I’m sorry, we’ll get back to you.’ ”

The head of the Council's Investigation and Oversight Committee, Jumaane Williams, told me the question he'd like City officials to answer:

"What was making you say that these streets were plowed and everybody was telling you that it wasn't?"

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Snow and Tell: City Shows Off New Storm Response Gadgets

Friday, January 07, 2011

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The snow may not be sticking to the ground, but the city wants the public to know that it has made improvements to its snow response.

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A prediction for Bloomberg's future

Friday, January 07, 2011

(Marist Poll)

One of my favorite hecklers, commentators Larry Littlefield puts Bloomberg's low approval rating into perspective.

Littlefield says Bloomberg is at his ceiling in terms of popularity, but when the bottom falls out, it won't entirely be his fault.

This chart shows people are idiots.

When Bloomberg came into office, he was dealing with the the combined effects of fiscal irresponsibility by the Giuliani Administration and the recession. He was forced to cut services and raise taxes, and he (not the state and previous city politicians who created the mess) was unpopular.

Then we had another debt fueled spree on Wall Street and tax revenues poured in. Bloomberg was just somewhat less irresponsible that Giuliani, and the state legislature remained completely irresponsible. Drunk at the party and not caring about the future, people were happy with Bloomberg.

Now Bloomberg is facing the combined effect of Giuliani' irresponsibility, his own irresponsibility, the state's responsibility and the national effects of a whole generation of irresponsibility. He has not begun to raise taxes and gut public services to pay for this. That approval rating is going to drop to zero, but in reality it won't be due to anything Bloomberg does from this point forward.

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Third Term Strikes Again

Friday, January 07, 2011

It is looking as though the public had it right all along. Two terms and out makes good sense for New York City mayors. A year into his third term and Mike Bloomberg has been infected with the disease known as third-termism. It is a political ailment that gets the best of them, from Fiorello LaGuardia to Ed Koch. They stay in City Hall too long and suffer the consequences in the form of trouble, trouble, trouble.

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'Lowest approval rating since taking office'

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating. (Marist Poll)

According to a new NY1-Marist poll, Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating is now at 37 percent, the "lowest approval rating since taking office."In October, it was 50 percent.

Most of it is chalked up to the botched response to the blizzard. But, the CityTime scandal and rollout of the new schools chancellor probably didn't help either.

When asked about the snow storm, 71 percent of adults said they disapproved of how the mayor handled it. When asked about the legacy the mayor will leave behind, only 39 percent thought it would be a positive one.

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City Reaches Deal to Avoid Overnight Fire Company Closures

Thursday, January 06, 2011

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The planned overnight closings of 20 fire companies in New York City have been spared, for now, thanks to a budget deal reached between Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council.

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Where was Bloomberg?

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Daily News front page, from January 5, 2011. (newseum.org)

The Daily News isn't letting go of the question about Mayor Bloomberg’s whereabouts on the day of the snow storm, and who specifically was in the city calling the shots.

At a press conference yesterday in Albany, where he attended the governor’s state of the state speech, Bloomberg was asked where he was on Christmas day.

“I started out – if you were there you would have seen me at St. Patrick’s, at midnight mass,” Bloomberg said. “It’s where all Jewish boys go.”

He added, “And then the next day was dealing with the snow storm and you saw me at a press conference.” Bloomberg quickly added, “Anything else? If not, we got to go,” and ended the press conference.

Today's Daily News editorial hits Bloomberg for his non-answer:

What kind of contact - phone, email, text message, teleconference - was there between the mayor and aides while he was ... elsewhere? How constant was it? And where exactly was ... elsewhere? The spokesman declined to say.

And that's not good enough.

What's known about Bloomberg's whereabouts and actions is that he attended midnight Mass late Friday and was next seen in the city more than 36 hours later, at 2:45 p.m. on the day after Christmas.

In between, the National Weather Service upgraded its warning to a blizzard level, the administration failed to declare a snow emergency and the Sanitation Department mobilized and embarked on its failed plowing effort.

Bloomberg promised a full accounting of what went wrong, but there are grounds for worry on that score. Amazingly, he has delegated Goldsmith, one of the architects of the fiasco, to oversee the report's preparation.

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Bloomberg: It Gets Better

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The mayor whose ability to empathize has never been his strong suit, is out with a video as part of the "It Gets Better" series, sending an uplifting message to LGBT youth.

"I know life can be hard and painful. But life can also be wonderful," Bloomberg says, "Be there for the good parts. It's really worth it. And so are you."

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WNYC News

Snow Job: The City Council Seeks Answers in Blizzard Fiasco

Monday, January 03, 2011

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Next Monday, the New York City Council will hold hearings into how the mayor's administration took nearly a week to clear city streets after a Christmas weekend snow storm.

"Did we just completely underestimate the storm and after that, when we realized how bad it is, what was the change up from the original plan" asked Jumaane Williams, chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Committee. His committee, and three others, are holding hearings into the matter.

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The Tarnished Bloomberg Brand

Monday, January 03, 2011

I think peopls will be very angry for a very long time about the city's response...To say it's Bloomberg's Katrina is overstated, but it really chips into his image as someone who "keeps the trains running."

Celeste Katz, writer for the Daily Politics blog at the New York Daily News

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Scotto departs NY1

Friday, December 31, 2010

Veteran NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto is leaving the station this weekend for a job with the Partnership for New York City, I'm told.

Scotto has been at NY1 for nearly a decade and was among those who hosted Inside City Hall while the station sought a permanent replacement for their departed anchor Dominic Carter. One of Scotto's most notable stories at NY1 was recording Mayor Bloomberg's uncharitable comments about recently-departed Dr. Atkins.

Scotto's first day at the Partnership is Monday.

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Snow Melting, but Questions about City Response Remain

Friday, December 31, 2010

By weeks end, Mayor Bloomberg's five-borough reputation-rebuilding strategy was a well-oiled machine. But if the expletives written after his name in diesel dust on a lumbering MTA bus in Queens were any indication, some hard feelings may last until the spring thaw.

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Defending Park51

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bloomberg’s speech last night, in defense of Park51.

This was, according to Bloomberg’s office, the first time reporters were allowed to cover the mayor’s annual Iftar dinner at Gracie Mansion.

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The mayor, the commissioner and the snow

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty are responding to allegations that city workers purposely bungled the snow removal in order to protest upcoming budget cuts.

The allegations were raised in a news article this morning quoting Councilman Dan Halloran, who said he spoke to three guilt-ridden sanitation workers.

At a press conference this morning, Bloomberg said "we're going to do an investigation."

"I don't think it took place but we're going to take place to make sure that it didn't," the mayor said of budget cut theory. "It would be an outrage if it took place, but I just don't know."

Later in the press conference, Bloomberg subtlety fueled the notion that something may have gone awry.

"The sanitation department had as many men this time as they did every other time," the mayor said.

When asked if anything had been done differently compared to prior snow removals, Bloomberg said, "We went into this with the same plan, the same training, if not better, the same resources, if not more. The results were very different. That's what we're going to take a look at."

Commissioner Doherty was more defensive, saying they will look into the matter but that he is skeptical of the charges.

"As of now, I can't confirm that and I've no reason to," said Doherty.

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WNYC News

New York 2010: The Year In Sound

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Before the year 2010 fades out with the melting snow, it's worth taking a few moments to think about the events of the past 12 months. Here in the New York area we've had intense political squabbles, a continued economic downturn, transit hikes, a tornado -- and it all began with a cataclysmic event overseas that affected thousands of New Yorkers. Revisit the full year in sound in the montage here, and be sure to watch the slideshow below to relive some of New York's key political moments of 2010.

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One Blizzard, Two Markedly Different Approaches in NJ and NYC

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On Monday morning, New Jersey was under a state of emergency and state government operations were closed except for emergency personnel. Across the Hudson in New York City, no emergency was declared, city offices kept regular hours, and Mayor Bloomberg pointed to the full audiences at Broadway shows. 

But as the heavy snow stayed stacked on city streets through another full day on Tuesday, critics questioned Bloomberg's response.

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Head of City Payroll Office Resigns

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The head of the office that oversees the troubled CityTime payroll system has resigned, effective December 31.

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Revamping Juvenile Justice Is Long, Difficult Road

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When New York kids get convicted of a crime, they are either sent upstate to the juvenile equivalent of a prison, or allowed to stay at home enrolled in mandatory programs that aim to turn them into law-abiding citizens. On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he wants to overhaul the upstate juvenile facilities.

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City Wants More Control Over Juvenile Justice

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Reverend Al Sharpton want to put the state out of the juvenile justice business. They say the City has achieved good results with a three-year initiative that has kept delinquents in community programs close to home.

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