Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to be Hillary Clinton’s secretary — of state. The billionaire mogul’s desire to lead the State Department under a Clinton administration was revealed Saturday in a hacked email released by WikiLeaks. The latest email dump also included a message detailing plans by Clinton’s personal lawyer to discredit one of her husband’s rape accusers. The Bloomberg exchange began with Clinton surrogate Neera Tanden asking his aide Howard Wolfson about a 2015 report suggesting disgruntled Democrats were urging the former mayor to enter the presidential race. “What is up,” wrote Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, on June 3. The email included a link to an article titled, “NY Dems push Bloomberg to run for President.” Wolfson shot down the report in a six-word reply. “I find the whole thing laughable,” he wrote. “Ok. Good. I was … [Read more...] about Bloomberg eyed Secretary of State position in Clinton’s cabinet, WikiLeaks latest release of hacked emails reveals
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The city wants to turn a South Bronx food hub into a green market - for eco-friendly biofuels. The Hunts Point Food Distribution Center is the source of much of the produce, meat and fish for the city's restaurants and grocers - but also the source of much of the pollution from truck traffic in the asthma-choked peninsula. The city's Economic Development Corp. wants to help change that by creating a fueling station in the complex that will offer cleaner alternative fuels like biodiesel and high-ethanol-mix gasoline. "Adding a fueling station that provides trucks traveling within the Hunts Point peninsula with alternative fuels will reduce the negative impacts of diesel emissions on the residents of Hunts Point," said EDC President Seth Pinsky. Some 25% to 50% of local pollution can be traced to heavy-duty diesel trucks, according to the city. "This idea came out of the Hunts Point Vision Plan," said Miquela Craytor of Sustainable South Bronx, whose group helped formulate the … [Read more...] about Biofuel eyed for Hunts Pt.
City Health officials are scoping out locations in Queens and the Bronx to house long-promised city animal shelters. One location is a former veterinary office on Queens Blvd. while the other is a building on Bainbridge Ave. Animal advocates have been pressuring the city to keep its promise to create full-service shelters in the two boroughs, which currently have only small, part-time receiving centers for stray and unwanted cats and dogs. But officials said finding a location hasn't been easy. They have looked unsuccessfully for large spaces, near public transportation next to neighbors who won't complain. In 2000, the city enacted a law that required full-service shelters in all five boroughs by 2002. In 2002, that law was amended to change the deadline to 2006. In 2004, the Bloomberg administration tried to nix the law altogether. But that change was never approved by the City Council. Jennifer Panton of the Shelter Reform Action Committee said the "egregious … [Read more...] about City eyes two sites for animal shelters
Mayor Bloomberg has a new idea for Governors Island: Put a Bloomberg building on it.The mayor said yesterday he's eyeing the former Coast Guard base off Manhattan's southern tip as the new home of a global public health institute that he would help fund."The idea would be visiting scholars could come and study for a while. It's tranquil. They have these beautiful old buildings. They are gorgeous, but they don't fit anything else," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.His foundation, which he says he plans to head when he leaves office, has been scouting for "a center someplace in the world" to have researchers and students gather for conferences on major health issues, such as malaria.He is considering a few cities - one in the U.S. and two abroad - but recently started toying with the idea of Governors Island. The city and state bought the island from the feds for a $1 in 2002.The city asked for ideas from developers but was not pleased with the response. Bloomberg said the … [Read more...] about Bloomberg eyes Governors Island for public health institute
PITTSBURGH - Mayor Bloomberg took his fund-raising campaign for the World Trade Center memorial national yesterday, introducing an exhibit of photos and memorabilia that left visitors with tears in their eyes. "You don't want to look, but you can't look away," said Mary Olesky, 51, of South Park, Pa., after viewing the crumpled metal and dusty firefighting gear on her way to the nearby Steelers game. "I'm glad I saw it." Hundreds of Steelers fans in black-and-gold jerseys lined up to sign a massive steel beam that will be installed at the Ground Zero memorial. Many tucked donations into a box on the way out. Retired FDNY Lt. Mickey Kross of Engine 16, who survived in a stairwell as the north tower collapsed above him, recounted his story to the rapt crowd. "I got down to about the third floor and heard this tremendous roar over my head," Kross said. "I hoped it was going to be fast." The 25-city tour has already raised $1 million. In reaching out to Americans for small … [Read more...] about Bloomberg kicks off campaign for WTC memorial in Pa.
MAYOR BLOOMBERG released a $52. 2 billion preliminary budget proposal yesterday that makes fiscal conservatives proud - but might make average New Yorkers wince. Even though the city will end the fiscal year on June 30 awash in greenbacks - the surplus is expected to total $3. 3 billion - Bloomberg told taxpayers to keep the champagne corked because massive deficits loom in the future. There's little in tax relief or new services. Instead, New Yorkers will be treated to a spate of fee increases, more parking summonses and higher cigarette taxes. All of that extra money will help reduce the city's future debt, Bloomberg said, because it's the "fiscally responsible thing to do. " "If we don't act now to meet and control these future costs, they will soon overwhelm city government's ability to pay for police and fire protection, schools, parks and other essential services," the mayor warned. Expenses for Medicaid, pensions, employee benefits and debt service, for … [Read more...] about MAN WITH PLAN. Mike eye on future as he urges hikes in parking tix, cigs tax
NEARLY 40 YEARS after her first U.S. Open championship, tennis legend Billie Jean King will return to Queens later this month with a grand new reason to celebrate. The National Tennis Center in Flushing, home of the U.S. Open, will be renamed in honor of King, Mayor Bloomberg and U.S. Tennis Association President Franklin Johnson announced yesterday. "I still can't believe it," the 62-year-old gay tennis star said with tears in her eyes during a press conference at the stadium yesterday. "So rarely are women thought of in this way." King, whose name is synonymous with women's sports, paved the way for gender equality and fought for comparable pay for female athletes. Her defeat of Bobby Riggs in 1973's "Battle of the Sexes" is considered one of the greatest moments in sports history. "Her success on the court really did inspire generations of players and fans," Bloomberg said. King is the only woman to win a U.S. singles title on four surfaces - grass, clay, carpet and … [Read more...] about KING AND HER COURT. Tennis center to bear name
LET THE BUILDING BEGIN. After weeks of being accused of holding Ground Zero hostage, developer Larry Silverstein gave in yesterday - agreeing to a deal that will limit his role in the crucial project and allow the rebirth of the hallowed site to finally get under way. The apparent end to long and bitter wrangling between Silverstein and the Port Authority would put in motion a timetable for massive construction that could be finished by 2012 - some 11 years after the terror attacks that shook the city and the world. Silverstein long had been pressed to give ground by city, state and Port Authority officials, who publicly doubted his financial ability to get the job done - even slamming him as greedy. While Silverstein did not admit to any money woes, the agreement - which calls for him to give up the Freedom Tower and one other building in exchange for various incentives - appears to reflect his need for help after all. "Make no mistake: We have made real concessions," … [Read more...] about LARRY BLINKS & WTC’S A GO. SILVERSTEIN OKS GROUND ZERO DEAL . EYE 2012 FINISH FOR FREEDOM TWR., OTHERS
EVEN IF THE protesters who gathered at Union Square yesterday were magically able to convince President Bush to withdraw from Iraq, we would still be a city at war. We would still face an enemy who begins and ends each day plotting to follow up the attack on the World Trade Center with another horror. We would still be the No. 1 target of Al Qaeda. "It's not a question of if, but when," the experts always say. As likely as not, an attack would come during rush hour, a time when parents and schoolkids are in transit. Their one link to each other during this time is often via cell phone, which students are currently banned from carrying at city schools. Yesterday, our usually rational mayor spoke of cell phones with the same breath as contraband items such as guns, knives and box cutters. "They're not bringing them into school!" he was quoted saying. He suggested that parents could call the school if there was an emergency, which they would generally do anyway when classes … [Read more...] about BLOOMBERG TONE-DEAF TO CELL PHONES
FRUITS, VEGGIES and plants from Long Island and upstate farms would be available at a new wholesale market in the city - possibly at Hunts Point in the Bronx - under a plan the state is exploring. The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is set to award a $100,000 contract to further study the feasibility of a year-round, wholesale farmers' market and to identify suitable locations in the city. Hunts Point in the Bronx was singled out in a preliminary study the agency released last year because it's already home to giant produce and meat distribution centers, as well as the relocated Fulton Fish Market. The 2005 study, done by Market Ventures Inc. and Karp Resources, found wide interest in a wholesale market among small and midsize farms - up to 260 acres - and smaller buyers in the city and adjacent counties. The study put the demand for locally grown products among restaurants, caterers, groceries and others "who generally purchase in smaller quantities" than dining … [Read more...] about MAKING HAY IN HUNTS PT. WHOLESALE FARM MARKET EYED FOR NABE