The NY Daily News confirmed yesterday that Mayor Michael Bloomberg “is expected to appoint a charter revision panel in the coming weeks. Among other issues, the panel will examine and possibly reduce or eliminate the roles of borough presidents and community boards.”
Genuine threat, or feint? Those who remember the 1989 charter revision know that the media can be used to divert attention from a charter panel’s true agenda. A threat to eliminate the BPs and the CBs is just one possible tactic a 2010 commission could use. Others are even more Machiavellian. Continue reading
Posted in 1989 NYC Charter, 2010 NYC Charter Revision, The Mayor, Uncategorized
Tagged Borough Presidents, charter revision, Community Boards, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Charter, NYC charter, NYC Government
Everything about Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is extreme: zero smoking in restaurants, 200 miles of new bike lanes, a million new trees, a hundred million bucks to get re-elected, a 180-degree turnaround on term limits, a 50-state gun control agenda, sharp reductions in parental control over 1,600 schools…. The list goes on and on.
But if you think about it, you’ll realize that Bloomberg’s predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, also was a man of extremes, albeit less creative, more abrasive, and — we think — less convinced of his own omniscience. But he, too, did things in a big way. Continue reading
Posted in 1989 NYC Charter, 2010 NYC Charter Revision, The Mayor
Tagged charter revision, Community Boards, Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Charter, NYC charter, NYC Government, Rudolph Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani