December 6, 2005 |
Billionaire Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spent more than $77 million to get reelected in New York, breaking the $74-million record he set in 2001 during his first try at politics, according to campaign finance reports. The spending amounts to more than $103 per vote. Bloomberg was elected in a landslide Nov. 8 over Democrat Fernando Ferrer, who had trouble raising money and spent more than $9 million in the race.
December 20, 2002 |
On a 40-9 vote, the New York City Council approved a bill banning using cell phones at public performances -- from Broadway shows to art galleries to Madison Square Garden concerts. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he would veto the bill, but the council can override him. Talking, listening or even having a cell phone ring during a performance would constitute a violation, and a $50 fine.
April 7, 2005 |
Philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds will become chairwoman of the board of trustees of the struggling Dance Theatre of Harlem, and her Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation has pledged $1 million to the dance company, the company announced Wednesday. Founded in 1969 by Mitchell and Karel Shook, the Dance Theatre of Harlem was forced to cancel its season and close its school last year because of a $2.4-million budget shortfall. The school reopened in December with the help of $1.
December 26, 2005 |
New York businesses lost $1 billion in revenue during last week's three-day transit strike, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said. Transit workers walked off the job Tuesday, shutting down the bus and subway service that millions of commuters rely on. Service resumed Friday after the Transport Workers Union agreed to return to work while contract negotiations continued.
October 4, 2005 |
The public school teachers union reached a contract agreement with New York City that gives them 15% raises over four years, officials said, ending an impasse that threatened the nation's largest school system with a strike. The pact would raise the maximum base pay to $92,000. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who is running for a second term in next month's election, and the United Federation of Teachers announced the deal after several days of renewed talks.
May 7, 2002 |
NEW YORK Since Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani left office Dec. 31, at least a dozen police detectives have been protecting him, his family and his girlfriend at a projected cost of nearly $1 million a year, a police official said. The police detail is larger than Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The protection extends to Giuliani's two teenage children, his estranged wife and his mother.
August 8, 2007 |
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was dismissed on his second day of jury duty after attorneys passed him up while choosing a panel to hear a personal-injury case. If the billionaire mayor had been chosen, he would have become the second sitting mayor in a row to be part of a jury in a city that no longer allows occupation-related exemptions. His predecessor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was the foreman on a jury in a landlord-tenant dispute during his second mayoral term in 1999.
July 10, 2007 |
New York City opened its network of 290 cooling centers as temperatures across much of the Northeast surpassed 90 degrees -- the hottest in the metropolitan area since a heat wave last year that was blamed for 40 deaths. Extra utility crews were on hand in case of power outages, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg urged residents to help prevent blackouts by conserving power. He also urged them not to exert themselves in the sweltering conditions.
December 28, 2006 |
New York attracted a record 44 million tourists who added $24 billion to the economy in 2006, the city said. The number surpassed the city's projection by 1 million, according to a statement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's office. Spending by tourists supported about 350,000 jobs. About 42.6 million people visited in 2005. The city said 45.5 million were expected in 2007. Its goal is to draw 50 million tourists a year by 2015.