Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bonasera, It's the Don.

"Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But, until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day."

Mayor Bloomberg, in his quest for a third term which is growing uglier by the day, is calling in favors. From the New York Times:

Michael R. Bloomberg, who says he strictly separates his philanthropy from his job as mayor of New York, is pressing many of the community, arts and neighborhood groups that rely on his private donations to make the case for his third term, according to interviews with those involved in the effort.

“It’s pretty hard to say no,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of upsetting the mayor. “They can take away a lot of resources.”

I'm proud of everyone who made it down to City Hall for those pointless hearings. Why they need public input to see if they should have a public vote is nonsense (did they have public focus groups to see if they should have the public input, to see if they should have the public vote?), but it was nice to see the amount of dissent. I think the tide has officially turned against him.

Not only is Bloomberg in real jeopardy of not getting the third term, his reputation has taken a huge hit since this fiasco began. I think the press if finally starting to realize, no matter how good of a mayor they think he is, when you thumb your nose at the people and make your own laws, there will be blowback.

If everyone really wants Bloomberg back, put the term limit to a public vote. But just remember, before the Wall Street bubble began in 2003 and he had to deal with same revenue worries every other NYC mayor has had, the mayor wanted to: cut garbage pickups in Queens to once a week while keeping it three times weekly in Manhantan; raise property taxes across the board 25% while doing nothing to address property tax inequity, and would rather the NYC lose the 2012 Olympics dollars than have the stadium in the most international borough in the world (which actually wanted it).

There's a bunch of other reasons why I wouldn't vote for him which I wrote about a few weeks ago, but the fact that he's taking such lumps for thinking he's above the law is so sweet. Unlike the Olympics or Congestion Pricing, this is one he might be remembered for.