Brenda and Eddie were still going steady in the summer of ’75 when they decided the marriage would be at the end of July everyone said they were crazy “Brenda, you know that you’re much too lazy And Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life” But there we were wavin’ Brenda and Eddie goodbye:
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.
As opposition mounts to his plan to ease term limits, those people said, the mayor and his top aides have asked leaders of organizations that receive his largess to express their support for his third-term bid by testifying during public hearings and by personally appealing to undecided members of the City Council. Legislation that would allow him to run for another term is expected to come up for a Council vote as early as next week.
The requests have put the groups in an unusual and uncomfortable position, several employees of the groups said. City Hall has not made any explicit threats, they said, but city officials have extraordinary leverage over the groups’ finances. Many have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mr. Bloomberg’s philanthropic giving and millions of dollars from city contracts overseen by his staff.
An official at a social service group that receives tens of thousands of dollars from Mr. Bloomberg and has a contract with the city was startled to receive a call in the past few days from Linda I. Gibbs, the deputy mayor for health and human services. Ms. Gibbs asked whether the organization’s leaders would be willing to call wavering council members to argue for Mr. Bloomberg’s term limits legislation.
“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.”
Now Paul is a real estate novelist who never had time for a wife and he’s talking with Davy who’s still in the Navy and probably will be for life and the waitress is practicing politics as the businessmen slowly get stoned yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness but its better than drinking alone:
Several of New York City’s top political figures on Sunday denounced Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration in unusually harsh terms for asking nonprofit groups to support legislation that would allow Mr. Bloomberg to seek a third term in office.
Many of the organizations contacted by the administration rely on Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire, for tens of thousands of dollars a year in private donations and millions in city contracts, making it difficult to turn down the request, these leaders said.
“It is an abuse of power, and it must stop,” said the city’s top financial watchdog, the New York City comptroller, William C. Thompson Jr., who may run for mayor next year.
Representative Anthony D. Weiner, another likely candidate for mayor, said that “if you rely on the mayor or the administration to fund your organization, saying no when the mayor calls is not an option.”
Mr. Bloomberg’s tactic, he said, “walks right up to the line of coercion, and it’s very corrosive.”
Posted: October 20th, 2008 | Filed under: Please, Make It Stop
On Sunday afternoon, 13 nattily-dressed union leaders representing thousands of New York City’s public and private workers shuffled out of City Hall and assembled before a bank of television cameras. The men — and they were all men — wanted to talk about term limits and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Harry Nespoli, president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, was the first to speak. “What I am going to do is have each one come up to the microphone and turn around and give their name and have a short speech about why they are support extending term limits,” he said.
If the event lacked a spontaneous feel, it was because it was not at all spontaneous. The deputy mayor for operations, Edward Skyler, who helps negotiate labor contracts for the city, and Patrick Brennan, a political consult who has worked on Mr. Bloomberg’s mayoral campaigns, had called the union heads and asked them to show up. So they did, but without any of their rank-and-file workers, who are normally the backdrop for such events.
Fifteen minutes before the press conference, the men met had met with Mr. Skyler to talk about their speeches. The result was an hour-long recitation of the same four talking points — extending term limits from eight to 12 years, as Mr. Bloomberg wants, creates more choice for voters; the economy is in trouble; elections are the best form of term limits; Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is an accomplished leader; and, finally, that these speeches are not a political endorsement (though some certainly came close.)
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At the end of the press conference, a reporter asked whether the support for changing term limits was at all motivated by self-interest, since many of the public unions have received healthy pay raises under the Bloomberg administration.
John J. McDonnell, President, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, replied that his union “has enjoyed good contracts” under Mr. Bloomberg, “but we have earned them.”