Mayor Michael Bloomberg launches campaign fighting chronic absenteeism


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Billy Rennison

Missing just two days of school per month may not seem serious, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that it presents a major obstacle to a high school diploma. Seventy five percent of chronically absent sixth graders — defined as missing 20 or more days of school, or two per month —fail to graduate high […]

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg reveals revised city budget


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today revealed a revised balanced budget that will retain nearly 2,000 teacher positions that he proposed eliminating in his preliminary plan. The $68.7 million budget includes no tax increases. “Our budget won’t impose any new taxes on New Yorkers, maintains the strength of the NYPD and continues our strong support for public […]

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes his State of the City speech


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his State of the City highlighting ambitious plans to continue his overhaul of the “broken system” he faced when he entered office. Before the mayor made his way to the podium a short video was played chronicling his “journey” to get to this year’s speech.  Along the way he poked fun […]

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Mayor de Blasio files to drop city’s stop-and-frisk appeal


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration filed court papers on Thursday to drop the city’s appeal of a judge’s decision to reform the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and the municipal budget


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for a fair share of financial assistance from Washington is the same tired old rhetoric from decades ago that has grown stale over time.  Mayor de Blasio’s reference to the late United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan concerning his analysis that New York sends more taxes to Washington than it […]

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Op-ed: Bloomberg was a boon to this city


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To New Yorkers who criticize and accuse Bloomberg for being ignorant and a tyrant, this is a relief. For others, like me, it is saddening to see the man responsible for today’s New York go.

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Bloomberg gets ‘#1 Grandpa’ mug at LIC firehouse


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr/Photo by Samantha Modell

A day after his daughter reportedly gave birth to a son on Christmas Eve, the first grandchild for the mayor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited firefighters of Engine 258/Ladder 115 in Long Island City to thank them for working on Christmas Day.

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