Apparently, our CEO Mayor Michael Bloomberg feels he has not done enough damage during his two terms and is “exploring” ways to further his “agenda” which he considers “unfinished.”
The New York Times reports today that “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his senior advisers have been exploring strategies that would allow him to remain in political life, including undertaking a campaign to overturn the city’s term limits law or making a bid for governor, according to two people who have been briefed on the deliberations.”
The story continues, “Either move by the mayor would dramatically shake up the political world in New York and beyond, given his national profile and previous pledge to try to shape the presidential campaign this fall, perhaps by establishing an independent political organization.”
What could Mayor Bloomberg’s “unfinished agenda” be?
Let’s see… thus far he is responsible for expanding privatization of our public spaces, cutting down large swaths of trees in our city parks, endless “development” of luxury housing, making NYC un-affordable to many, extending a climate where corporations and Wall Street rule, endless “testing” of children in schools, etc. etc.
The Times states that “Mr. Bloomberg, 66, has a record of overcoming long political odds with his single-minded focus and willingness to spend tens of millions of dollars on campaigns…”
He has had some assistance in “overcoming long political odds” over the years by publications like The New York Times which so rarely hold him to true task on anything.
Mayor Bloomberg’s fingerprints extend to the dramatic changes at – and bulldozing of – Washington Square Park, the desire to privatize and reduce public space at Union Square Park, Yankee Stadium‘s destruction of two Bronx parks, Randalls Island’s privatization leading to destruction of wildlife and natural habitat. There’s more. But the pattern is overall privatization and pacification of New York City’s public spaces.
It is stated that Mr. Bloomberg has “clearly been bitten by the political bug and is not eager to give up the power that comes with elected office.”
The mayor’s current term is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2009.
*note: A photo of Mayor Bloomberg tossing a tree into a chipper would not load, for some unknown reason, but hopefully later a photo will appear with this post.