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  •  One certainly hopes NOT (to the Blmbrg exception) (1+ / 0-)
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    I have never been a fan of term limits and voted against them on the ballot - but overruling a decision backed twice by the electorate was chutzpah of the highest order by the Mayor and the City Council.

    Bloomberg's main pluses have been an efficiently managed government and strong environmental policy/greenish development.  His minuses are big: elitist education and housing policies.  And I wouldn't disagree with the diarist's point of him being Manhattan-centric (disclosure: I'm an upper West Sider) except to clarify that he's been a very below-96th(ish) Mayor - and has really focused development downtown and in Midtown.

    THANKS for the diary and I look forward to updates!  I am pretty much meh on all of them - currently, I'd lean toward de Blasio.  I feel bad about what's happened to Liu, Thompson is a nebbish, and Quinn, I think, should be avoided as very much more-of-the-same and a good distance from progressive.

    If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

    by WestCider on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:11:55 PM PST

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    •  Oh - one more big Bloomberg minus I must mention (1+ / 0-)
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      Which has been the horrific Kelly/Bloomberg stop-and-frisk policy, training a whole generation of young men of color that law enforcement is not their ally and is not for them.  It has been an unforgivable and disgusting policy; I don't know any black or Hispanic male teens that haven't been stopped multiple times, and most white kids never have.  Fact.  Appalling.  I insist that the next mayor commit to ending this - really and truly - to get my vote.

      If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

      by WestCider on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:16:47 PM PST

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      •  Bloomberg blew it (0+ / 0-)

        When Rudy 9iu11iani was the Mayor, part of his job was to go in front of cameras and say, "I'm sorry about the black kid dying after being shot by the police". And I always felt that his insincerity might short-circuit my TV.

        Bloomberg gets up to say the same damn thing but he makes me think he really is sorry. Maybe his heart isn't broken, maybe he only thinks these incidents should not happen in the efficiently managed government he intends to provide, but he does seem to be sorry.

        Part of his efficiently managed government, I'd say, is that the number of such police murders has declined markedly. Not ended, but certainly declined from the 9iu11iani days.

        With that kind of better attitude, Bloomie could have gone a long way to reduce racial hard feelings for years to come.

        Instead he and Ray Kelly chose to go with 'stop and frisk', tricking and arresting hundreds of thousands of black and brown young men, damaging their lives forever. That stain will never be removed from his record.

        In case anyone doesn't know about 'stop and frisk', use  this link.

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