November 15, 2002 |
Recalling how New York almost went bankrupt in the mid-1970s, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that the city faces a $7.5-billion budget gap over the next 20 months and proposed a menu of new taxes and service cuts. The most controversial item was a tax on workers who commute to jobs in the city. "There is no silver bullet," the mayor said at a City Hall budget briefing. "The financial picture has eroded significantly."
August 3, 2010 |
With the Statue of Liberty at his back and religious leaders at his side, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg praised a city commission's decision Tuesday that cleared the way for an Islamic community center to be built two blocks north of the former World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. Opponents of the center, who say they will sue to block it, had tried to get the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve the 152-year-old building on the site because it had been showered with airplane debris during the Sept.
December 15, 2012 |
Another mass shooting, another drive for gun control. But will the latest shooting -- this time at an elementary school -- change the political calculus in Washington and generate more support for tougher gun laws? "I think the impact of this is going to be inescapable," said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center. The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is among the worst shootings in the nation's history and comes after a spate of other high-profile episodes of violence, including mass shootings this year at a Colorado movie theater, a Wisconsin temple and an Oregon shopping mall.
July 24, 2008
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said they would together provide $500 million to fight tobacco use around the world, especially in developing countries where smoking rates are rising.
October 15, 2002 |
Did the mayor ruin the celebration by skipping New York's Columbus Day parade? Fuhgedaboutit. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg bowed out after parade organizers said two actors from "The Sopranos" were not welcome because the HBO hit negatively portrays Italian Americans. The festivities went on anyway, with thousands waving Italian flags while tourists jostled for a peek.
April 21, 2007 |
A plan to reduce traffic by charging motorists who drive into the heart of Manhattan may get another look after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg reversed himself and endorsed the idea. Some states and cities are already experimenting with congestion pricing on major highways, where drivers can choose free lanes or those with a fee.
November 23, 2006 |
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has launched another assault on unhealthful food, creating a task force and a food czar to encourage grocers in poor neighborhoods to stock reduced-fat milk, fruits and vegetables. Earlier this year, Bloomberg proposed banning the use of trans fats for cooking in restaurants.
September 1, 2013 |
The last day of a large rave in New York City was canceled Sunday after two attendees died, apparently from Ecstasy overdoses. The deaths occurred during the first two days of the Electric Zoo rave. At least four other people became critically ill and were hospitalized, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's office said. "Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly)," the office said in a statement. "The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event.
October 12, 2005 |
New York is again allowing free Sunday parking. The City Council voted to override a veto by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and offer a break from fees at metered spots on Sundays. Backers of the law said it would make it easier for churchgoers to attend services, while others said it would help encourage Sunday shopping. Bloomberg, who had vetoed the bill in August, called the 42-2 council vote "election-year pandering."
August 22, 2007 |
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told newsman Dan Rather in a broadcast interview that he cannot win the U.S. presidency and won't run. Bloomberg previously had said he had no plans to run, which failed to quiet speculation that he was planning an independent bid. "Nobody's going to elect me president of the United States," Bloomberg said.