Earlier this month, the Times reported that Mayor Bloomberg and his advisers had been “floating the possibility of mayoral runs to at least five boldface figures,” including Chuck Schumer, Mort Zuckerman, Ed Rendell, Edward Skyler, and Hillary Clinton. Strangely left off the list? A woman who some might say is actually Hizzoner’s most worthy successor and who conveniently announced her intent to run today: Kristin Davis, the woman who once supplied Eliot Spitzer with hot young tail. Read more »
Former Mayor Still Has His Finger On the Pulse Of New York, And If It Were Up To Him He’d Give The City What It Wants On Sunday: A God Damn PartyBy Bess Levin
As you may have heard, things are not going so well for New York City* of late. Lower Manhattan has been without power for days. A hundred or so houses that once stood in Queens are now rubble. Staten Island has been destroyed. Those living uptown and in other areas that emerged relatively unscathed are dealing with survivor’s guilt. In spite of all that, Mayor Bloomberg has declared that the Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday, will go on, a decision that has been met with major outrage by people who believe the considerable resources that go toward putting on the race should be put to more critical use elsewhere, that the city does not need the strain of putting up an additional 40,000 people, that the supposed economic benefit would be a drop in the bucket of what NYC needs, that the generators sitting in Central Park right now could be helping those sitting in darkness, and that considering dead bodies are still being pulled of the water, it’s generally “too soon.” One guy who’d beg to differ? Ed Koch. Twenty-five years out of his mayorship, he still gets these people and while the media would have you believe holding the marathon has caused an enormously heated debate, he’s here to tell you that’s bull. New Yorkers want this and if Koch were still King? He’d be throwing a parade come Sunday, with A-Rod as Grand Marshal. Read more »
He’d keep it conservative at the office but come ladies’ night you’d better believe he’d be working what his momma gave him. Read more »
Occupy Wall Street: London Takes Page From Mayor Bloomberg’s Playabook, Sans Billy Clubs, Book Burning, NYPD Bedside MannerBy Bess Levin
The City of London Corporation, which oversees the U.K.’s main financial district, issued eviction notices to anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. The City authorities served a legal notice demanding the protesters move their tents and equipment away from the public highway within 24 hours, John Park, a corporation spokesman, said in an e-mail today. The move followed a decision yesterday to clear demonstrators from the area, he said. “We are getting reports about vulnerable people, cases of late-night drinking and other worrying trends, so it’s time to act,” the corporation’s policy chairman, Stuart Fraser, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday, “From now on, we will have to have any talks in parallel with court action — not instead.” If protesters do not comply with the eviction order, proceedings will be issued in the High Court, he said. [Bloomberg]
“It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis,” the mayor said. “It was, plain and simple, Congress who forced everybody to go and to give mortgages to people who were on the cusp.” It was Congress, he continued, that “pushed Fannie and Freddie to make a bunch of loans that were imprudent; they were the ones that pushed the banks to loan to everybody.”…Mr. Koch, a Democrat, praised Mr. Bloomberg’s business acumen but said he differed with him on the question of the financial crisis and the protests. “I’m Jewish, not Catholic, but I believe in punishment,” he said. Referring to the settlements paid by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to resolve claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Koch said they were just “the cost of doing business” in the view of the banks. “What do you think they got fined for — schmutz on the sidewalk?” Mr. Koch said. “They got fined because they abused their relationship with their clientele. And I want to see somebody — I want to see one of them, of a major corporation, punished criminally.” [NYT]
Though their lists probably don’t have much overlap, like those occupying downtown Manhattan, there are lot of things with which Mayor Mike Bloomberg has beef. Some of it, he’s been able to use his position to get rid of. Trans fat. Smoke. Bake sales in New York City schools. Term limits for people named Michael Bloomberg. The temptations of his one true love, salt.1 Others, which chap his hide in not an insignificant way, he just has to live with. Water.2 People who can’t enjoy a nice snowy day. Pictures of himself looking less than svelte.3 Interior design lacking chairs upholstered in leopard print.4 So when he says he get totally gets people being so pissed off about various things they feel like they’re just gonna snap and go on a rampage burning every fat photo ever taken of them (…as a for instance), he really means it.
“Everyone’s got a thing they want to protest,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show on Friday.
Having said that… Read more »
Hizzoner says no but Charlie Gasparino is hearing a “nuance” in his tone. [FBN]
Mike Bloomberg Would Love To Have A Financial Advisor Who’s Been Banned From The Securities IndustryBy Bess Levin
Because Mike Bloomberg believes in a little something called loyalty. Read more »
Remember last year, when not a day went by without people claiming Tim Geithner was getting fired and the White House had supposedly all but forced him to move into an office in the basement where the pipes leaked so that they could prepare the place for Jamie Dimon, who we were to believe was TG replacement? That died down for a bit, in part because Geithner’s pussy outreach program was pretty successful and also because he came in handy for pick-up games. Mostly, though, it was because Obama and Dimon’s relationship hit the skids and the President needed to find someone else to make Geithner worry about. Allegedly he has. And his name is Mike.
Is Mayor Bloomberg being wooed to join the Obama administration? Asked about last weekend’s four-hour golf game with President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard, Bloomberg told reporters yesterday, “The economy was the main subject, other than discussing golf.” Now there are whispers that the president went even further and sounded out Bloomberg about whether he would join his foundering economic team as treasury secretary, replacing prime blame-target Timothy Geithner.
Like many of you, Mike Bloomberg was listening with rapt attention as President Obama laid out his plan for how the banks should run, moving forward. And, in response, he has some ideas of his own, for Washington. First off, and this is just a proposal, nothing’s set in stone yet– go fuck yourselves. Second, you get our prop desks, bonuses etc, we take your salaries. Sound good? Like a fun tit-for-tat type thing? Would really like to get your thoughts on this one.
President Barack Obama’s demand Thursday that Congress clamp down on the size of banks and their investments got major blowback from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said it could cause layoffs and hurt the city. Mayor Bloomberg said the banks and Wall Street are part of the bedrock of the city’s economy, and efforts to slash their business just means less tax revenue for the city, which brings up the dreaded “L” word. “I just find it sort of ironic that congressmen, senators who make more than double what the average person working in finance makes — they’re the rich ones and they’re talking about trying to restrict bonuses and taxing the industries that are our lifeblood,” Bloomberg said.
He added that if bankers have to put their bonuses in escrow until deals they made pan out, perhaps Congress should do the same with its own salaries.