Michael Bloomberg's extraordinary 12-year term as mayor of New york has just ended. This is an opportune time to review the billionaire mayor's mixed-bag legacy.
We cannot yet compare Bloomberg and de Blasio. But if de Blasio runs the city with the same brilliant skill that he ran his campaign -- he came from the bottom of a Democratic pack to a stunning victory in the primaries and general election -- he will be a formidable mayor.
I certainly had my fair share of differences, both publicly and privately, with Mayor Bloomberg. But, through it all, I remained a loyal supporter, because I respected his independence and I knew his heart was in the right place.
When a girl can't leave her house because she's so unhappy with her appearance, I would argue we have reached a whole new -- and systemic -- level of toxicity.
Will de Blasio/Fariña schools be substantially different from Bloomberg/Klein/Walcott schools? As Randy Newman sings in the opening to every show in the Monk detective series, "I may be wrong now, but I don't think so!"
Anyone who cares about the health of the arts sector in New York City must be grateful to Mayor Bloomberg for selecting such a grand champion and empowering her for all of these years.
The recent New York Times series Invisible Child powerfully describes the life of Dasani, a 12-year old ...
The past, present, and future of the Democratic Party shared the stage at NY City Hall on a cold January day. Leaders in local, state, and national politics braved the bitter cold to ring in both the New Year and a new face for New York Politics.
This is for my progressives. My fellow activists and outside the boxers who are rightfully disillusioned with the electoral process, but courageous enough to stay in the game. Tomorrow morning, we take a big step forward.
"We know corruption is killing more kids than TB, AIDS, and malaria put together. There is a vaccine and it's called transparency."
In his last days as New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg seems determined to focus the media's attention on his administration's accomplishments and his own legacy. While the impulse at spin control is understandable, I think the effort is unnecessary.
New York has been an extremely well-run city for more than a decade due to Bloomberg's considerable management skills. And, while there is room for criticism, Bloomberg has done an enormous amount of good for the city while taking home only $1 in salary each year.
In a recent editorial, The New York Times offered Bill de Blasio their advice on educational policy. My advice to the new mayor who takes office on January 1, 2014 and the new School Chancellor is to ignore The New York Times as much as possible.
Bloomberg was right about God too. Well, sort of. God works in such a way as to expect us to work against the injustices, the travesties, the unluckiness.
Perhaps, our New York pride prevents some of us from admitting much of what de Blasio shone his harsh light upon during his campaign.