Michael Bloomberg Has Been "A Very, Very Good Mayor"


Question: What are Mayor Bloomberg’s most valuable attributes as a leader?

Christine Quinn:  Well the Mayor is a very smart man, a very hard-working man.  He brings a diversity of experience to City Hall as an obviously super-successful business man, as a long-time philanthropist, as a leading force for public health changes in this country and across the world.  And those are all attributes he brings to the table.  He’s also a dad; he has two daughters, that’s another perspective he brings to the table as well.

Question: How do you personally feel about the way that Bloomberg has run New York?

Christine Quinn:  Yeah, I think the Mayor’s been a very, very good Mayor.  I’ve been proud to get to work with him, to pass some of the most comprehensive anti-smoking laws ever.  I did that before I was speaker, when I was the Health Committee chair.  I’ve been very proud of the work he and the Council and I have done over the past four and a half years, not just balancing the budget, but anticipating the economic downturn in a way where we prepaid future bills to make sure that the city was buttressed against, well actually worse than was anticipated, but would have been buttressed against the worst.  And we’re working very closely with a lot of folks in his staff right now around some of the challenging housing issues in the city and that’s been some great work and I’m proud to have done it.

Question: Will you run for mayor when Bloomberg’s term is over?

Christine Quinn:  Right now I’m the Speaker of the City Council and I’m very focused on that and that’s my job and I’m focused on doing it.

Recorded on October 28, 2010
Interviewed by Andrew

Directed & Produced by Jonathan Fowler

Mayor Bloomberg has brought a diversity of experience to City Hall, says the council speaker. Asked if she'll be vying for his job in 2013, she simply says she's focused on her current job.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

Greg L via Wikipedia
Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
Keep reading Show less