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February 2, 2013 | Geraldine Baum and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
In the late 1970s when Edward I. Koch won his first term as mayor of New York, the city was in shambles, its coffers and confidence sapped by financial crises and a paralyzing blackout. It needed a fighter and found one in Koch, a well-practiced pol with the determination - and bite - of a bulldog. He steered the city out of bankruptcy and restored its swagger, a one-man cheerleading squad who personified the witty and feisty New Yorker. The three-term mayor of New York and perennial civic combatant, who rallied and riled the city in and out of office with his tenacious style and irrepressible opinions, died Friday of congestive heart failure at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital, said his friend and spokesman George Arzt.
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
After two years of playing coy about his presidential ambitions, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared in a newspaper opinion piece Wednesday that he would not run for president as an independent and said he might support the candidate who "takes an independent, nonpartisan approach."
In a major political victory, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg reached an agreement with state legislators Thursday that gives him virtually complete control over the nation's largest public school system. Bloomberg, a Republican who had made education reform the priority of his first six months in office, announced that he and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had reached an "understanding" that must be approved by the Legislature and New York Gov. George Pataki before taking effect.
It's the City Hall version of "Where's Waldo?" After Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg disappeared from public view over the Presidents' Day weekend without announcing his whereabouts, reporters used to keeping close tabs on New York's chief executive fidgeted. The tabloid New York Post even ran a picture of Bloomberg on a milk carton with his description and the headline "Have You Seen Me?"
December 30, 2007 | Washington Post
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans, who will join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a "government of national unity" to end gridlock in Washington. Others who will be at the Jan.
August 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg must sell at least $45 million in publicly traded stock and his interest in a hedge fund to comply with the city's conflict-of-interest laws, a panel ruled Thursday. The Conflict of Interest Board ruled that Bloomberg's stake in companies that do business with the city violated the City Charter. The mayor was ordered to sell his holdings in about 95 publicly traded stocks within 90 days. "Because Mr.
December 12, 2002 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg reached agreement with City Council leaders Wednesday on a compromise measure that would ban smoking in nearly all bars and restaurants. The mayor won the council's support only after scaling back his original proposal, which called for a total smoking ban in such facilities.
December 11, 2002 | From Reuters
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who earlier this year vowed to improve the city's crumbling public schools, set his sights Tuesday on another perennial Big Apple headache -- affordable housing. The businessman-turned-mayor announced at a gathering of housing developers, owners and managers that over the next five years, New York City would seek more than $3 billion to purchase 27,000 new homes and preserve 38,000 others.
April 24, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
This Los Angeles mayoral election isn't exactly setting the city's electorate on fire. Nor the world, for that matter. It's so low key that I was surprised to see a very focused piece in the Guardian, Britain's liberal national newspaper -- an intense analysis of the methodology of a Times-USC poll about a race that even the candidates' hometown isn't paying much attention to. Former Mayor Sam Yorty once told me, in what I think was the last...
September 11, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- New Yorkers awoke Wednesday still uncertain over who would be their Democratic nominee for mayor as primary results showed front-runner Bill de Blasio clinging to the lead needed to avoid a runoff, even as his rival vowed to keep fighting. William Thompson, who was in second place and who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009 against Michael Bloomberg, was upbeat late Tuesday as returns indicated that he would face De Blasio in a runoff next month. "We took Mike Bloomberg on, and we almost beat him," a broadly grinning Thompson told supporters near midnight Tuesday, referring to his failed mayoral bid four years earlier.
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