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Allies No More? Bloomberg and Quinn Split on NYPD Issues

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is a rift opening up between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn? The two have worked closely but are disagreeing sharply over council legislation that would create an independent monitor for the New York Police Department. It’s one of a number of issues that are showing a rift between the mayor and the woman who hopes to replace him.

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Analysis: What the Position of Inspector General Means for the NYPD

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The role of the inspector general could be the most significant oversight of the NYPD to date. Or it could be a toothless monitor that adds a layer of bureaucracy.  

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Bloomberg Says He'd Veto Proposal for NYPD Monitor

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging New York City Council members to oppose a plan for an inspector general at the Police Department.

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Bloomberg Wants Stores to Hide Cigarettes

Monday, March 18, 2013

A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.

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Bloomberg's Record on Health Initiatives

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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A state judge's ruling that blocked Mayor Bloomberg's plan banning the sale of large sugary beverages is a setback amid a string of influential victories for the mayor's health initiatives, including banning trans fats in restaurants and smoking in public places.

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Judge Halts City's Large Sugary Drink Ban, Mayor Vows Appeal

Monday, March 11, 2013

The city is fighting a state judge's decision to halt the city's ban on large, sugary drinks that was slated to go into effect on Tuesday.

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Bloomberg's Homeless Policy Under Fire as Shelter Population Grows

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

On any given night in January, there were more than 50,000 people sleeping in New York City shelters, according to a new report from a homeless advocacy group.

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Mayor's Race Will Test Tech's Political Force

Monday, February 25, 2013

With increasing numbers, and definite buzz, some in the tech sector are looking to leverage their new power to decide who will come after Bloomberg, but it’s not yet clear how much return a tech investment will have at the polls.

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Chew on This! Food Truck Uses Compressed Natural Gas

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and oil man turned natural gas booster T. Boone Pickens introduced a new kind of food truck Thursday — one that they say is more environmentally friendly than the gas-guzzlers that choke city streets.

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Carrion Endorsement Sets Up Possible 3-Way Mayoral Race

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Adolfo Carrion, a former Obama appointee and Bronx Borough president, secured a spot on November's mayoral ballot, setting up a potential three-way race.

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Bloomberg, and City, Touting Tech

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The city is expanding its Made in New York campaign to promote tech jobs as well as film and television production in the city: "I think it's fair to say that we are on the right path, growing dramatically, but Silicon Valley is still bigger than New York City in terms of start-ups and access to capital," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

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NYC School Bus Strike Ends After a Month

Friday, February 15, 2013

The month-long school bus strike that affected tens of thousands of children in the nation's largest school district ended Friday, after union leaders were assured by prospective New York City mayoral candidates that their concerns would be heard after this year's election.

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Bloomberg Opposes Legalization of Marijuana, but Lightens Penalty

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes legalizing marijuana — or any other illicit drug.

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Text: Bloomberg's Final State of the City Address

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The following is the text of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 2013 State of the City address as prepared for delivery at Barclays Center.

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Bloomberg Gives Final State of the City Address

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reached a milestone - his final State of the City address. We're there and livetweeting the speech in which the mayor outlined his legacy and pushed initiatives for electric cars and banning Styrofoam packaging.

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NYC Mayor Wants 10,000 New Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rapid charging station - gives full charge in around 30 minutes

A rapid charging station that gives a full charge in around 30 minutes to electric vehicles.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to add 10,000 public parking spots for electric vehicles over the next seven years.

According to prepared remarks for his 12th and final State of the City address Thursday, the Mayor says:

“This year we’ll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes. We’ll work with the City Council to amend the Building Code so that up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces will be wired and ready for electric vehicles."

The proposal would require that a fifth of new parking spaces to be charging stations for electric vehicles.  Zoning laws in New York require the construction of new parking spaces along with new building construction, usually in the form of parking garages under or next to the building. According to the mayor's office, about 10,000 new parking spaces are added each year in this way.

The City currently has 100 public charging stations and 120 for the city's own fleet of EVs. Thirty more government stations would be added under this proposal.

Building public charging stations however is no easy task. As experience in other cities has shown, building codes, utility cooperation and construction permitting can all slow or impede installation of EV charging stations on public streets.

Private companies began installing public charging stations in New York City in 2010. According to a New York state initiative last year, there were about 400 charging stations set to be live by April 2013. San Francisco city government offered free charging in about 20 public garages at one point. Houston has built, or plans to build about 50 charging stations.

Under the mayor's NYC proposal the city would also initiate testing of curbside charging with two  chargers that can fill batteries in as little as 30 minutes, rather than the standard eight hours. One would be in Seward Park, a middle class apartment development and park on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The second station will be just for electric taxis, located at the ConEdison Building. This year six all-electric Nissan Leaf taxis will join the more than 13,000 yellow cabs already on the road. The winning model for the Taxi of Tomorrow, also by Nissan, is designed to enable retrofitting run as an electric vehicle if testing shows that's workable and preferable.

The mayor is also expected to announce that the city will add 50 new battery electric cars to New York's municipal fleet, which already includes 458 plug-in electric cars, the third largest EV fleet in the country after the federal government and General Electric.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles: as of December 2012, there are 2,069 electric vehicles registered in the five boroughs of New York CIty. The breakdown by county: 10 in Richmond (Staten Island); 80 in Queens; 753 in New York (Manhattan); 413 in Kings (Brooklyn) and 813 in the Bronx.

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Mayor Bloomberg Statement on Ed Koch

Friday, February 01, 2013

"His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall, and not only on the bridge the bears his name, but all across the five boroughs."

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Bloomberg Vows to Erase Backlog of Public Housing Repairs

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed on Thursday to eliminate the massive backlog of repair requests from residents living in public housing by year's end. 

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Bloomberg Uses Budget to Tout Successes, Warn Successor

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wistfully touted his achievements as he outlined his final, $70 billion budget proposal on Tuesday, and he warned that whoever follows him will likely face the same difficult budget constraints that he has. 

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Disaster Inc: Some Companies Win Big Post-Sandy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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