mayor michael r. bloomberg

To YOU:

I am not your minority.

I am black and male in the City of New York.

That’s major.

Your support of discriminatory policing may make you look tough to THEM, but I know a bully when I see one.

And I see one in you.

The community spoke last month and said your police force needed a watchdog

Of course, you’d rather shoot the dog than let him watch because

you know that if he or she sees what we see everyday in the neighborhoods we never see

you in

this whole stop and frisk/muslim intimidation/fear campaign would be seen

for what it is.

You may veto the wishes of the community, but we have the right to veto you

and we should.

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Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Help Open Yelp NYC (by yelp)

SILICON ALLEY 2.0

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg says New York City is “well on its way to becoming the world’s #1 digital city.” The occasion was an event this fall to welcome social ratings network Yelp to its new headquarters near Union Square. Bloomberg cites the New York City offices of Twitter, Foursquare, tumblr, Meetup, Google, and Bloomberg, among others, as evidence. The mayor further notes high-tech jobs in New York City have grown by 30 percent in the past four years.

This YouTube video of Mayor Bloomberg, Yelp co-founder and chief executive officer Jeremy Stoppelman, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is emblematic of the evolution of the 21st century’s socio-economic scene, as it spins ever more interconnected, real-time, local, and global. There are some laughs, too.

— Valerie Seckler


Safe At Home?

There is a small bodega on the corner of 183rd Street and Morris Avenue in the Tremont section of the Bronx. There is nothing particularly special about this bodega. It is one of many corner stores in the neighborhood where young Black and Hispanic men hang out, talk shit, and look menacing to the uninitiated. What struck me about this bodega is the fact that not a week has gone by where I have walked by it and not seen some crudely erected shrine, complete with candles and hand-written messages in memory of some young Black or Hispanic male who has been shot and killed.

It has been this way for months.

There has been little in the way of public sadness and outrage. The lives of young Black and Hispanic men in this neighborhood, it seems, are not worthy of national headlines and lengthy op-ed pieces.  I have many theories as to why that is, but I have settled on the idea that since these young Black and Hispanic men are shooting each other, it is not really a crisis. 

I have tried to find the gun store in the neighborhood where these young men are buying their guns from and it turns out that it doesn’t exist.  Guns are neither manufactured nor legally sold anywhere in the neighborhood.  Yet, somehow, there is no shortage of them. 

How is that? Perhaps the better question is: Who is allowing that? 

Our Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, is forever telling the press how the crime rate in the city has gone down and how much safer the city is as a result. Today he released a six-point plan for gun control in an op-ed piece in USA Today.   He even chastised President Obama, almost demanding he do “something” saying on “Meet the Press” that “His job is not just to be well-meaning. His job is to perform and to protect the American public.”  

Really?

While I’m sure the statistics back up his claims on public safety;  It is not the Mayor’s job to just be well-meaning.   Nor is it his job to go on nationally televised programs to espouse half-truths about public safety.  His job is to perform and protect the citizens of New York City and despite what you hear from him and in the media his success is not as wide-spread as either would have you believe. 

I would ask the mayor to take a ten minute walk through this neighborhood at night. While doing so, I would ask he count the number of cardboard shrines to the dead he passes and then tell me just how safe he felt afterwards.

  

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After the final court appeal, New York's Big Gulp ban is officially dead

Liberty never tasted so sugary sweet.

The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead.

The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and handing a major victory to the American soft-drink industry, which bitterly opposed the plan.

In a 20-page opinion, Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. of the New York State Court of Appeals wrote that the city’s Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” in enacting the proposal, which was championed by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Two lower courts had already ruled against the city, saying it overreached in attempting to prohibit the purchase of sugared drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, about the size of a medium coffee cup. By a 4-to-2 vote, the justices Thursday upheld the earlier rulings.