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Local Officials Urge Senate to Vote Again on 9/11 Health

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the region's Congressional delegation are making a last-minute push to pass a new version of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

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Bloomberg Suspends Head of City Payroll Amid CityTime Troubles

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The head of the office that oversees New York City's troubled CityTime payroll system has been shown the door. Joel Bondy, executive director of the city's Office of Payroll Administration, was suspended without pay on Wednesday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.

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Comptroller John Liu's Year In Review

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In this time of fiscal austerity it is not clear to me, as Comptroller, that we really do need all of those consultants working for the city.

- John Liu, New York City Comptroller

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Some Para-Transit Riders Are About to See Yellow

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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The city has launched a new pilot program that will allow some disabled Access-A-Ride customers to take taxis instead.

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NYC Economy Recovering But Deficits Loom for City

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New York City’s economy has recovered faster than the state and the nation, but larger than expected city deficits and the slowly recovering national economy could keep unemployment high for years to come.

According to city comptroller John Liu, businesses gained 74,000 jobs in the first 10 months of this year. Restaurants, retailers and health care companies accounted for the majority of the new jobs.

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Not taking comfort in NYC's economy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Michael Bloomberg has one viewof NYC's economy. City Comptroller John Liu has another:

According to Liu’s “State of the City’s Economy and Finances” report, New York City gained 74,000 private sector jobs during the first 10 months of 2010, representing 6.6 percent of all private jobs created nationally during the same period. The growth was an about-face from the City’s performance during the past two recessions, during which New York lagged far behind the nation.

Liu says, "We can’t take comfort in the fact that the City is doing slightly better than the nation, when we should be coming up with real solutions to get people back to work, especially in communities of color.”

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Chris Matthews and Mr. No Labels

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"I don't think he's running," Chris Matthews says towards the end of this clip from last night's show, referring to Bloomberg and that 2012 thing.

The other notable moment in the clip comes when outgoing South Carolina GOP Rep. Bob Inglis describes the No Labels movement as something that is "not left, not right. just forward."

"That sounds like MSNBC," Chris Matthews replies. "Lean Forward, you know," he says, referring to the station's new slogan.

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Consultants not on board with No Labels: 'Campaigns are fights'

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On NY1's roundtable last night, political consultants panned the No Labels movement.

Democrat Doug Forand said there was a "smugness and almost naivete" in their material. Not that there was much material (more on that here).

"I don’t think you can in this day and age get away with saying things like ‘we’re not going to talk about social issues because that’s not what we talk about.’ These are real issues in political campaigns," Forand said.

Republican Susan del Percio knocked the messengers.

"You have [Charlie] Christ who couldn’t make it in the Republican Party, [Joe] Leiberman who couldn’t make it in the Democratic Party and you have Michael Bloomberg whose been labeled a Democrat, Republican and Independent. I mean, he’s had more labels than anybody," she said.

(Lieberman was scheduled to attend the No Labels launch on Monday, but didn't make it because of travel delays.)

Democrat Risa Heller gave the most entertaining take-down of the movement, saying it's striking at the right time, but what they're calling for is impractical.

"Campaigns are fights," said Heller. "So, even if we were all members of the purple party or whatever it’s going to be called, we’d still fight, have a campaign and get mad at each other and bicker and go negative and do whatever. Government, when you’re talking about real issues, that matter to real people, every single day, people are going to fight about it, even if we’re members of the non-partisan party. I’m going to feel one way and you’re going to feel another."

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The redistricting debate, live

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

At 10 AM, the New York State Senate will hold a hearing on redistricting; the once-every-ten-year event where lawmakers determine the boundaries of their districts. This year, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch has led a push to create a non-partisan redistricting process. Koch and a bunch of other supporters are expected to speak.

Mayor Bloomberg says it will increase the competitiveness of the elections, and make elected officials more responsive to voters. But it's not universally embraced by lawmakers.

Senator Chuck Schumer is not in favor of the plan, saying it's unfair for it to happen in New York if it's not happening in other states at the same time.

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Santa’s Not Coming to ‘El Scrooge’ Bloomberg's Town

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

T'was two weeks before Christmas and the voices were loud: “Now you can't have an accident in Mike Bloomberg's town!”

The screaming from Canarsie, the Lower East Side, Flushing, Riverdale, Sunnyside, Harlem, the South Bronx, Cambria Heights, Toede Hill, El Barrio, Melrose, Brownsville, and Washington Heights reached the North Pole in practically no time.   

This was all beause of a new New York City plan that would force a motorist whose car caught fire — or was involved in an "incident with injuries" — to pay $490. If the vehicle catches on fire, but has zero injuries, the cost to the owner drops to $415. And if the motorist is involved in any other vehicle incident, but with no injuries, it would still cost $365.

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Consensus on Style, Not Substance, at No Labels

Monday, December 13, 2010

At the No Labels gathering, the most resounding message from centrist politicians and consultants on the stage was simple: “We need backup.” Policy wasn't on the table so much as political culture. Speaker after speaker mourned the loss of civility and the willingness to work – or even communicate – across the aisle.

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Hitting the Wal-Mart poll

Monday, December 13, 2010

The knocking down of polls is one of the more direct forms of aggression in the full-contact sports that is politics.

The latest example comes courtesy of Dan Morris, a spokesman for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, who is trying to bat down the results of a poll showing New Yorkers would be receptive to the opening of a Wal-Mart store here.

Morris' method of attack: connect the poll to Bloomberg:

"The poll was conducted by Doug Schoen, a member of Michael Bloomberg’s inner circle, who now joins Bloomberg’s campaign manager Bradley Tusk and Bloomberg’s Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson in shilling for Walmart. Basic details about methodology, sample size, and interview questions have been deliberately withheld because this is not a credible poll. It was bought and paid for by Walmart. It’s just as deceitful as the polling Bloomberg’s operatives promoted during the 2009 mayoral race: they eventually admitted they knew it had been a tight race all along, after misleading voters and the public."

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Bloomberg on feeling disenfranchised

Monday, December 13, 2010

(Azi Paybarah / wnyc)

There's another race on Michael Bloomberg's mind.

At the No Labels conference, Bloomberg said the "closed" primary system in New York City means the 2013 mayor's race here will be largely shaped by very few voters.

"Three, or four, five percent of the people are going to put two people into the run-off" and then the general election, Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg said there's likely to be six or seven candidates running in that race. (Very likely candidates include: former NYC comptroller Bill Thompson, Rep. Anthony Weiner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Others who may enter the race are Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller John Liu.)

The mayor - sporting a bi-partisan colored purple tie - also said, "it's not clear that the average person feels themselves disenfranchised" even though they actually are. That schism would, if you think about it, make it hard to mount a successful third party candidacy, which, Bloomberg says isn't happening.

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Bloomberg Headlines Launch of 'No Labels' Group for Independents

Monday, December 13, 2010

No Labels, but a lot of bold-faced names. Stars from politics and punditry will be at the Monday launch of a new independent group that's looking to seize the center of the national political debate.

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Bloomberg Backs FDNY 'Crash Tax'

Friday, December 10, 2010

Drivers who get into accidents may have to worry about a bill from the Fire Department.

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Mr. Incredible Goes to Washington: NYC's Michael Grimm

Friday, December 10, 2010

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When Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January, it'll put New York City's delegation back into the minority and largely out of power. Except for Michael Grimm.

The 40 year-old former Marine and FBI agent will be the only Republican in the New York City delegation, making the freshman lawmaker the go-to guy for New York City's federal needs.

So who exactly is he?

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Bloomberg's New York is not America

Friday, December 10, 2010

Michael Bloomberg is building his national profile on New York's success, which, isn't a good equation, says Joyce Purnick:

New York City simply has a different profile from the rest of the nation. Because it is still a city of renters and most co-op boards demand money up front, few of the risky financial instruments that hurt homebuyers elsewhere were in play in New York. And because manufacturing took a huge hit in this economic meltdown, New York was lucky to have lost its manufacturing base years ago. The city simply had few manufacturing jobs left to lose.

Those distinctions separate New York from the rest of the country, just as its progressive, unabashedly liberal politics distinguishes it from Washington’s.

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New York City Council Postpones Wal-Mart Hearing

Friday, December 10, 2010

Citing a committee room too small to accommodate growing interest in a hearing next week about the economic impact of Wal-Mart opening stories in New York, the New York City Council postponed the meeting until next year, when it will be held in a larger space.

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Bloomberg: Taking New York National

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Though Bloomberg insists that he will not run for president, he clearly likes the spotlight, and preaching about his brand of New York pragmatism is one way to nourish the hope that lightning will strike. If it doesn’t, it gives him a national forum during his lame duck mayoral years.

There is, however, a problem with the idea of a United States of Centrism: New York is not the rest of the country. Its politics are radically different from those anywhere else in the nation, and so is its economy.

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No Labels: The Centrist View

Thursday, December 09, 2010

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There is a lot of alignment in the center. It just doesn’t come from a pre-packaged ideology. It’s just how people come to it naturally by looking at the issues.

-Soloman Kleinsmith, a centrist independent blogger attending the 'No Labels' launch in New York. 

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