Posts Tagged ‘State of the City’

De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

City Officials Steer Clear of Vito Talk At State of the City

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News

Lawmakers were offended by the latest allegation against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, but few wanted to talk about it yesterday at the State of the City. “I think this is probably something every legislator is going to look at, and they should,” said Assemblyman David Weprin. City Comptroller John Liu added, “It’s making its way through the legislative process, I’m sure they know how to handle it.” The Joint Commission on Public Ethics’ report on Lopez’s alleged harassment of several staffers… [More]

Bloomberg Does A Victory Lap At State of the City Speech

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Labor/Unions, News, Public Safety, Real Estate/Construction, Uncategorized

During his State of the City speech on Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg provided ample evidence to disprove critics who said that his third term failed to live up to the promise of his previous two, and for good measure, he hung it from the ceiling of the lobby in the Barclays Center. The mayor’s office teased Bloomberg’s various third-term accomplishments in an email leading up to his speech, from the record low in homicides in 2012 to the record number… [More]

Quinn’s State of the City Speech Lays Out Potential Vision As Mayor

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Housing, News

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn laid out the parameters of an affordable housing plan and committed to supporting and elevating New York City’s middle class in a lofty State of the City speech on Monday. While Quinn delivered the speech at City Hall wearing her hat as Council speaker, her elevated rhetoric and vision for the city that would outlast her term in the Council was clearly that of a politician who plans on shepherding these ideas through as the next… [More]

Liu Lays Out Bold Proposals in State of the City Speech

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, Social Services

With an elementary school choir, a dance troupe, and a trio of sibling violinists preceding him on stage this morning at John Jay College, it was a safe assumption that John Liu might be the least exciting person to take the stage on Thursday. Instead, Liu looked nothing like the mayoral candidate who has struggled to emerge from a cloud of suspicion surrounding his fundraising, and every bit like the ascendant and ambitious politician that New Yorkers thought they were… [More]

Brewer Cheers Measure To Increase City’s Fiscal Transparency

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

As City Comptroller John Liu was listing the accomplishments of his office over the past year during his State of the City speech, one particular initiative he noted made one audience member particularly happy. When Liu mentioned the unveiling of Checkbook NYC 2.0 in the coming weeks, Councilwoman Gale Brewer could hardly contain her excitement and yelled in approval. Checkbook is an open-source web ledger of the city’s finances that itemizes every last dollar that the city spends, from the… [More]

His Mind Is Made Up

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Government Operations, News, Opinion

Forget for a minute whether you think the NYPD is right to monitor Muslims. Or whether the Health Department grades restaurants fairly. Or whether the rise in pension costs is really all the fault of unions. Instead, look at what Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed to those debates in recent weeks. Police-spying critics? “It’s a made-for-television thing. It gets you publicity.” Health-inspection critics? “Their complaints are going to fall on deaf ears.” Pension-reform critics? “They try to blame others.” Bloomberg… [More]

Back To The Future In 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Opinion

By Susan Del Percio The mayoral contenders promise business as usual As Mayor Michael Bloomberg enters the twilight of his administration, New Yorkers ought to be nervous about what’s on the horizon: the crop of career politicians lined up to replace him. In the last few weeks, they have all spoken up about their vision of New York City, testing out potential campaign themes and trying to appeal to constituencies in next year’s Democratic primary election. What they had in… [More]