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October 27, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

Times: Newark Mayor Backed Bloomberg, Then Got Funds

Via The New York Times:

Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark has been one of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s most vocal supporters this campaign season, stumping with him on at least four occasions, including a whirlwind tour of African-American churches in Queens on Sunday.

Perhaps Mr. Booker was trying to show some gratitude.

On April 17, Mr. Booker, a Democrat, crossed party and state lines by endorsing Mr. Bloomberg, an independent running as a Republican, in Harlem. About a month later, Mr. Bloomberg’s longtime accountant contributed $26,000 — the maximum allowable — to Mr. Booker’s re-election committee next year, according to campaign finance records.

Technically, the contribution to Mr. Booker’s 10-member slate, which includes 9 Municipal Council candidates, was made by Martin J. Geller, Mr. Bloomberg’s accountant. But Mr. Geller has long had a habit of contributing money to candidates or committees that the mayor supports, with $100,000 in 2007 to Senate Republicans in Albany being one notable example.

The contribution is only the second one that Mr. Geller has made anyone in New Jersey politics. In 2005, he gave $2,000 to the campaign efforts of the Assembly Republicans in Trenton. At that time, Mr. Bloomberg was still registered as a Republican.

When asked about whether there was a quid pro quo, Howard Wolfson, the Bloomberg campaign’s chief media strategist, said: “As Mayor Booker made clear this past Sunday, he and Mayor Bloomberg formed a friendship three years ago when he was first elected to office, and have worked together on a number of issues since, including gun violence and education reform. They form a mutual admiration society, and so it’s not surprising that the two mayors would be supporting one another.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Booker, Desiree Peterkin Bell, added that several members of Mr. Booker’s staff have worked in the Bloomberg administration.

“Since 2006, both men have publicly praised and respected each other’s leadership — they have and both will continue to be supportive of each other in the future,” she said in a statement.

Mr. Booker is hardly the only Democratic elected official who has not supported William C. Thompson Jr., Mr. Bloomberg’s Democratic opponent. But he has been one of Mr. Bloomberg’s most avid supporters, regardless of party affiliation, and has campaigned almost as much in New York recently for Mr. Bloomberg as he has in New Jersey on behalf of Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat.

Never was Mr. Booker more effusive, perhaps, than on Sunday when he traveled with Mr. Bloomberg to African-American churches in Queens, presumably to put some distance between some controversial remarks that former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani had made the week before about crime when he was campaigning with Mr. Bloomberg.

“My big-brother mayor,” Mr. Booker said in describing Mr. Bloomberg, during a rousing address at Rev. Floyd H. Flake’s Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens.

When told of the contribution, Anne Fenton, a spokeswoman for Mr. Thompson, said, “Today’s revelation that Mike Bloomberg has paid for the endorsement of Newark Mayor Cory Booker is scandalous. It proves Bloomberg is willing to do anything to win this election and calls into question many of the supporters who have stood beside him.”

There are no other records, at least so far, showing that other politicians who have endorsed Mr. Bloomberg have also received contributions in recent months. But campaign finance experts caution that a full accounting won’t be available until after the election.

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October 20, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

Yes, The New York Times Does Favor Bloomberg

We just posted Leonie Haimson’s article about the double standard the Times uses to favor Bloomberg. And just a few weeks ago, we posted about the Times removing Bloomberg’s name from an article about Stuyvesant Town’s owners nearing default, which showed him responding to criticism.

Now, Azi Paybarah reports the Times has demoted a headline praising Thompson’s experience as president of the City’s Board of Education — a headline that directly contradicts Bloomberg’s assertion that Thompson’s presidency was a failure — to a muter one.

Via Azi Paybarah:


The New York Times went up today with a generally positive story about Bill Thompson’s time at the Board of Education, which ran under an unconditionally positive headline: “Leading Board of Education, Thompson Wielded Deft Hand Behind the Scenes.” It was an uniequivocal refutation of the Bloomberg campaign-generated narrative of Thompson as an ineffectual hack whose passivity made him responsible for the many failings of the public school system when he was on the board.

Later, though, the headline was changed to the more muted “In School Post, Thompson Was a Conciliator.” Which is respectful enough, but very, very different from the first headline in transactional terms.


Acting on a hunch, I asked a Bloomberg campaign spokesman if anyone from the campaign had contacted the paper to complain about the original headline. The spokesman said that no one had.

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September 30, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

Tom Robbins: Bloomberg’s Term Limits Scheme

Via The Village Voice:

As it heads into the home stretch, the Bloomberg campaign has adopted a new slogan to sum things up and help focus voters on the big picture. The new motto was rolled out at the big Bloomberg rally held primary night on a West Side pier, a gala celebration aimed at snatching attention away from Democrats and on to Mayor Mike. The slogan was emblazoned on Bloomberg’s podium, and tattooed over and over on a TV backdrop. Which made it hard to miss. It read: “Progress. Not Politics.” The first word is a debate worth having. The next two are simply lies.

Not politics? Whatever you think of Bill Thompson’s erratic campaign, at least he was being nominated that very night by his own party in an open primary. Mike Bloomberg? His GOP endorsement came courtesy of a classic, old-school political deal in which five Republican county leaders sat down in a room and agreed to give the mayor their ballot line.
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September 25, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

Reading List: Bloomberg’s Helicopter Ride, The Mayor Lays Off 300 City Workers

* After touting environmentally friendly policies like painting the roofs of city buildings white to make them more energy efficient, Bloomberg has come under criticism for taking a helicopter flight from New York to New Jersey to attend a U2 concert. Also, the pilot took a test flight there before the mayor came aboard, which means quite a bit of fuel was wasted for the trip.

* Elizabeth Benjamin reports that Bloomberg has launched a negative television ad against Thompson.

* Is Michael Bloomberg a financial wizard? Not if you ask the 300 city workers that were laid off today due to budget cuts, reports The Daily News

* A third set of answers from Joyce Purnick about Bloomberg.

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September 24, 2009 @ 10:20 am

Bloomberg Research Firm Pretends to Be “Independent”

Via Michael Goodwin and the Post:

When I answered the phone the other day, a man identified himself as Carl or somebody and said he was calling from an “independent research” organization.

If the New York City mayoral race were held today, he asked, would I vote for Michael Bloomberg or Bill Thompson?

I said, truthfully, that I hadn’t decided, which prompted the slickest segue from my new friend.

In a nanosecond, he was speed-reading a script that made Bloomberg sound like a candidate for sainthood instead of a third term.

Hey, I interrupted loudly. You said you were from an independent organization. You lied. You’re working for Bloomberg.
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September 14, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

Reading: Bloomberg’s Attacks on Republicans and the Middle Class Getting Coverage

Mayor Bloomberg is running on the Republican ballot line, but that doesn’t mean he has the unshakable support of Republican New Yorkers — nor is he getting it from the middle class.

Via Urban Elephants:

Yesterday’s NY Post ran the first Main Stream Media reporting of “independent” Mayor, Michael Bloomberg’s, anti-Republican policies and tactics. There were two stories. The first is here where Bloomberg’s disdain for Middle-Class concerns is causing a rift in Staten Island…
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September 10, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

The Times Covers for Bloomberg

It looks like The New York Times is covering for Bloomberg. Matt sent us the following e-mail earlier today:

I saw your post on Stuy Town last night. I read the link to the NYT and I read your transcription of the article. Both featured a paragraph about Bloomberg’s involvement (although the sentence was lame and weak). But in the print version the Times ran today – they took the entire paragraph out and there is no mention of Bloomberg at all. And now when you link from your site to the NYT article – it brings you to the Bloomberg free article. Dirty. Clearly Bloomberg’s people called them up last night and squeezed them – and these lame asses changed the story.

Matt’s right. The article is free of any mention of Bloomberg, which in the original piece said:

The Stuyvesant Town travail has put a dent in the armor of Tishman Speyer, a real estate company that zealously protects its image as the preferred caretaker for the city’s crown jewels: Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the Met Life Building on Park Avenue. Indeed, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said as much in response to criticism when they bought Stuyvesant Town that the city should have supported a rival $4 billion bid from tenants.

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September 4, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

The Miseducation of Michael Bloomberg

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If there’s one thing The Wire has taught us, it’s that stats can be “juked,” or otherwise manipulated to make them appear far better than they are in reality. From what we can tell from the Post’s and the Daily News’s look at Bloomberg’s “progress” on education today, there’s definitely some juking going on.

First, there’s that editorial in the Post called, “An Avalanche of A’s,” which questions the grading system used to measure the progress of students and hold principals accountable for it. They write:

Of the thousand-plus schools graded, nearly 900, or 85 percent, scored an A — up from fewer than 400 last year.

A mere 27 received C’s, D’s or F’s.

We know the schools are improving, but that’s a little ridiculous…
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September 3, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

Time Out On Term Limits

Illustration: Victor Kerlow

A few weeks ago, we did a short interview with Time Out New York about how we think the term limits issue will play out during this election. We think Bloomberg’s policies have been consistently failing New Yorkers — unemployment is higher than the national average, the city lacks affordable housing and rent stability, homelessness has increased, there is no marriage equality — the list runs on. And then there’s the overturning of term limits by Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council. New Yorkers certainly haven’t forgotten (see the NY1 video in the previous post) and it will be a deciding issue in the election this fall.

(Also, don’t forget to take the Time Out poll about whether we should keep term limits or get rid of them. So far, the votes are to keep them.)

Via Time Out New York:

Twice before—in 1993 and 1996—New York City voted for term limits for the mayor, City Council, comptroller, public advocate, borough president and other positions. In fact, 1996’s vote specifically rejected a third term.
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September 2, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

Wayne Barrett: Bloomberg Keeps His Billions Separate From His Mayoral Obligations? Yeah, Right!

How can the richest man in New York be mayor and keep his finances apart from his mayoral duties? According to this week’s Village Voice cover story by Wayne Barrett, he can’t. Also, Politico’s Ben Smith commented on the conflict of interest between cable provider Time Warner and Mayor Bloomberg and got a heated objection from a Bloomberg spokesperson.
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