Twelve Years of Bloomberg as Mayor: A New Yorker’s Perspective (Part Two)

Now that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has thrown his hat into the 2020 presidential circle, it is important to look back at his performance as Mayor. Blogger-friend Brendan Birth has lived his entire life in New York City and well remembers Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor. I mentioned to Brendan last week that I might like him to do a guest post for me, and he went one better, and is doing a mini-series! The series began with an intro on Monday that I re-blogged on Tuesday, and today he gives us Part II of a look at Mike Bloomberg as mayor. He will finish with a conclusion next Monday, just in time for Super Tuesday! Thanks Brendan, for sharing your birds-eye views!

Blind Injustice

As I announced last Monday, I will be doing a couple of posts on what it was like to have current presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as mayor (and particularly justice-related topics from his time as mayor). This is the first of two such posts, as honestly, I have too much material to fit into one post.

This first post will focus on his treatment of other people while he was mayor, particularly his treatment of people of color, Muslims, women, and the poor. Buckle up, because this is going to be rough…

While he has apologized repeatedly for the existence of stop-and-frisk under his police force while he was mayor, I think it’s difficult to talk about his time as mayor without talking about that practice. The practice, which allowed police to stop someone temporarily to search, question, and detain someone, disproportionately targeted people of color. Consider the fact that…

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15 thoughts on “Twelve Years of Bloomberg as Mayor: A New Yorker’s Perspective (Part Two)

  1. Here’s my two cents. I’m looking at it from the Chicago area.

    Being a big city mayor is a tough job. We see how tough it is, looking at Chicago. A mayor cannot do his job without offending people.

    Seen from this distance, I thought Bloomberg did a reasonably competent job as mayor. But he made a huge mistake when he decided to go for a third term. He overstayed his welcome.

    The US presidency is a different kind of position. I will not be voting for Bloomberg in the Illinois primary. I would have preferred that he had not entered the competition. But if he finishes up as the nominee, then I will vote for him (as at least a slight improvement over Trump).

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    • Thanks Neil. You make some valid points. I am still put off by his stop-and-frisk policy, by his treatment of women in his company, and most of all, I think, by the arrogance and impatience I saw on the debate stage a couple of weeks ago. But, again, if he is the nominee, he will have my vote, for he cannot possibly be worse than Trump, and must surely be somewhat less dangerous.

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  2. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about Mayor Bloomberg. As you know, I am a fan of the Mayor, so reading about this other side of him is enlightening. I wonder if the final part will have anything positive to say about him…

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    • Oh, I will vote for him if he is the nominee — no doubt about that! I’m just hoping he isn’t the nominee, for he is far from the person I think would do the best job. But you’re right … Trump simply MUST go!!! Heck, I would vote for Attila the Hun if he were the nominee!

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