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Bloomberg Biographer Discusses Bloomberg’s Legacy

In a recent interview, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer sat down with Joyce Purnick, the author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, which was published today, to discuss the billionaire’s legacy.

The interview revisits moments from Bloomberg’s time in public office and features interesting insights into his push for a third term despite the term limits law that was twice approved by voters in the 1990s.

Listen below:


"Monty Burns For Mayor" Posters Decorate New York

The mayoral campaign of the Simpson’s character, Montgomery Burns, is going into high gear this week with campaign posters on billboards everywhere persuading New Yorkers to vote for NO THIRD TERMS, and to, in turn, VOTE FOR BURNS.


New Yorkers Grow Tired of Incessant Bloomberg Ads

Last Thursday’s front page of the daily newspaper AmNY was very reminiscent of the movie poster for The Promise of New York. In particular, the “Bloomberg in a TV” image.

Just as the movie poster for The Promise of New York emphasized Bloomberg’s omnipresence on the airwaves and his media power, the front page was inspired by the mayor’s incessant advertising in the current election through TV, radio, print, internet, billboards… It’s like déjà vu all over again.

According to the cover article in AmNY, New Yorkers are growing tired of the mayor’s incessant ads.  The results of a recent poll show that about 80% of New Yorkers have seen the ads, and that a majority of them find them to be annoying.

Here’s another article discussing the same poll results in the NY Daily News.

“It’s absurd. He said voters would be able to

judge him on his record. Well, he’s not running

on his record, he’s running on his money.”

-Susan Lerner, Common Cause New York.


"Eeeeexcellent": Simpsons Character Runs for Mayor of New York City

Springfield’s own millionaire and Homer Simpson’s boss, Montgomery Burns, is running for mayor of New York City.

His campaign website can be found here: www.burnsformayor.com

And according to the fine print:

"Monty Burns for Mayor is brought to you by the Concerned New Yorkers for Monty Burns Coalition, part of the Art in Odd Places 2009: Sign arts festival."

Here are some campaign videos:


"Pension Costs Out of Control! Oh, wait…It’s my fault…"

An article in the New York Times earlier this week reported on Bloomberg’s warning about rising pension costs:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is sounding the alarm over New York City’s pension system these days, calling it “out of control.”

But, as the article goes on to argue, the Bloomberg administration is largely to blame for these rising pension costs:

But interviews and budget records show that the Bloomberg administration itself is responsible for much of the growth in city pension costs over the last eight years, and has repeatedly missed opportunities to rein in the spending.

Since Mr. Bloomberg took office, city contributions to the pension system have jumped nearly five-fold to $6.3 billion, from $1.4 billion, and they now account for one out of every 10 dollars in the city’s budget.


Mr. Bloomberg presents himself as a model of financial restraint who has stood up to special interests, like unions, in order to hold down city spending — a claim that is at the heart of his bid for a third term.

But financial-watchdog groups say that rather than confronting the city’s pension problem, the mayor has made it worse over the last several years, negotiating costlier payouts for retirees in flush economic times that threaten to be crippling now that the city is in a recession.



The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.

Good, honest, hard-working people—white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on…Good, honest, hard-working people continue—these are people of modest means!—continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them.

They don’t give a fuck about you! They don’t give a fuck about you!

They don’t care about you at all—AT ALL! AT ALL!

George Carlin in his second-to-last album Life is Worth Losing


Anthony Weiner Out Of Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner campaigning in Bryant Park in The Promise of New York

New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, and 2005 Democratic mayoral candidate, as seen in The Promise of New York, announced Wednesday that he will not be throwing his hat in the race for mayor this year.

Weiner cited Bloomberg’s vast financial resources as one of the major factors in his decision.  The harsh economic times we live in also influenced Weiner’s decision, who felt his time is better spent working in Washington where he can be more effective in helping his constituency through Congress.

Predicting Anthony Weiner’s bid for mayor this year, before any official announcement had been made, Bloomberg’s campaign had already begun attacking the Congressman’s credibility by spreading false information through fake telephone polls earlier this Spring.

Now, Weiner’s bowing out positions Bill Thompson, the city’s Comptroller, as the Democratic frontrunner and Bloomberg’s virtually sole opponent in this year’s race.

The sad truth for a political candidate without deep pockets is that while money isn’t the only thing, it does matter.

Campaign finance laws are vital, not just to keep special interests from dominating campaigns, but also because in this case they could help prevent vast disparities in spending.

-Anthony Weiner


Why I’m Not Running For Mayor by Anthony Weiner

Weiner Bows Out, With Pledge to Help Thompson NYTimes