The title of a recently released Reuters article is “From CRIME to CIGARETTES, Bloomberg LEAVES HIS MARK on New York” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/21/us-usa-politics-newyork-legacy-idUSBRE9BK06N20131221).
“Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure: New Yorkers WILL NOT forget outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg anytime soon”.
According to David Birdsell, “dean of the School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York’s Baruch College”, “This (the BLOOMBERG years) will go down as, without question, one of the most INFLUENTIAL and SUCCESSFUL (?) mayoralties in the history of the city“. REALLY? This is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Bloomberg – a longtime Democrat who became a Republican in 2001 TO GET ON THE BALLOT, and later dropped his party affiliation – ranked No. 2 on a list of the greatest New York mayors published recently by City & State, a website that covers government and politics”. Recently, as we know, people have started to HATE PURELY POLITICAL tatics. This is precisely what “a longtime Democrat who BECAME A Republican to get on the ballot” is.
“If a tie were permitted, he would have tied with top-ranking Fiorello LaGuardia, said Birdsell who helped compile the City & State list. LaGuardia, so legendary that not just an airport (LGA), but a Broadway musical took his name, governed the city during the Great Depression and World War II”.
“City & State wrote”: “Rarely are individuals in any field recognized among the greats of history DURING THEIR OWN LIFETIMES, so the fact that our panel ranked Michael Bloomberg nearly at the top of this list WHILE HE IS STILL IN OFFICE is STRIKING” INDEED.
“Experts can tick off a LONG list of accomplishments. The 10-year-old ANTI-SMOKING campaign is credited with some 10,000 fewer deaths and served as a blueprint for other cities; more than 850 acres of land was added to city parks; and the decade-old 311 call center has grown to handle millions of non-emergency requests each year” REDUCING STRESS ON THE FEDERAL 911 EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM. However notice anti-smoking”. However, should the government be able to FORCE people to quit smoking?
“CRIME IS DOWN, a success that Bloomberg credits in part to the New York Police Department’s (NYPD’s) STOP-AND-FRISK strategy. But a judge earlier this year (2013) ruled that the controversial tactic, seen as targeting young minorities, amounted to “indirect RACIAL PROFILING“, which is OUTRAGEOUS and should have been outlawed in the ’60s. On top of this, “stop-and-frisk” sounds like what happened to INDIAN Deputy Consul-General DEVYANI KHOBRAGADE (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devyani_Khobragade_incident). However, “crime is down” which is a GOOD sign.
“OVERALL CRIME RATES FELL BY A THIRD during Bloomberg’s three terms, a decrease reflected in once-blighted neighborhoods that are now blossoming and TOURISM RATES SETTING RECORD HIGHS“, which, again, is GOOD.
According to John Mollenkopf, “director of the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center”, “That’s (decrease in crime rates) a fundamentally POSITIVE aspect of life that’s had VERY FAR-REACHING effect“.
“Bloomberg guided New York through the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, amid fears that the shaken city’s economy could be devastated”. THIS was his major accomplishment, NOT THE BAN ON SUGARY SOFT DRINKS and TRANS FATS.
Birdsell went on: “It is easy to imagine ways that a less strategic mayor COULD HAVE GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF that recovery“.
“Bloomberg is credited as well with helping steer the city through the recession that began in 2007. Yet, his effort to capitalize on that success by arguing he was UNIQUELY SUITED to remain mayor despite term limits RANKLED SOME (?) people“. “some” should be replaced by MANY.
“He engineered a change in the voter-approved term limits law in 2009 so he could run for a third term, but voters gave him a REMARKABLY (?) slim margin of victory“. This is NOT so “remarkable”, because Bloomberg was starting to act like A TYRANT.
“Bloomberg’s most telling legacy may be, in one sense,HIMSELF, said Tom Wright, executive director of the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy group”.
“When he first ran for office, Bloomberg was an unlikely candidate with no political experience or constituency. He spent more than $100 million of HIS OWN FORTUNE to win in 2001″.
“Throughout his tenure, he showed a continued willingness to back his POLICY PRIORITIES with HIS POCKETBOOK“, which is something that NOT many POLITICIANS are willing to do.
Wright added: “He was elected as a CEO mayor who ran on a platform of KEEPING CRIME DOWN, BALANCING THE BUDGET and TRYING TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SCHOOLS. And that was kind of it. He really DIDN’T have much. Now, here he is leaving 12 years later, HAILED AS AN URBAN VISIONARY“. Again, this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Bloomberg moves on to his new consulting firm Bloomberg Associates, designed to help other cities worldwide achieve the same accomplishments as has New York”.
“City voters put their own stamp on Bloomberg’s legacy by electing Bill de Blasio, who will be the first Democratic mayor in 20 years and could scarcely be more different than Bloomberg, said Doug Muzzio, professor of politics and public opinion at Baruch College”. “New Yorkers elected a mayor who presented himself and was correctly perceived to be a repudiation (rejection) in many ways of (Bloomberg)”.
“Voters may well have tired of Bloomberg’s approach, such as his effort to bar restaurants movie theaters and other businesses from selling large sodas and other sugary beverages. The proposal failed in court, which said Bloomberg had OVERSTEPPED HIS AUTHORITY“, which is something that POLITICIANS OFTEN do.
Finally, Siegel finished off: “He had this idea that HE KNEW WHAT WAS BEST FOR EVERYBODY. I DON’T think he RESPECTED the average New Yorker’s ability to figure out what was in THEIR best interest“. This is the latest example of ARROGANCE a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) & POLITICIANS.
To conclude, “Love him or hate him”, Michael Bloomberg leaves office with a MIXED legacy. He HAS CERTAINLY “(left) his mark on New York”, a HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL “mark” or LEGACY. He did a lot of good for NYC, but his legislation banning things such as TRANS FATS and SUGARY SOFT DRINKS were HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL, just like PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REQUIREMENT FOR EVERYONE TO GET HEALTHCARE COVERAGE.