Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg demands a plan to end gun violence
Bloomberg demands a plan to end gun violence
Top Stories Billy Rennison 12/17/2012 at 2:25PM

Dozens of Americans affected by gun violence joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall for the release of 34 videos renewing the call for the federal government to reduce gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 34 videos each tell the personal story of survivors and family members of [...]

Con Ed to invest $250 million to protect equipment against future storms
News Maggie Hayes 12/13/2012 at 9:48AM

Con Ed has announced that it will secure $250 million for protecting city infrastructure and maintaining reliable service for customers during storms such as Sandy. “Our commitment would represent an initial infusion of preventive measures [and] we expect that even greater investments will be needed as regional discussions evolve over the coming months and years,” [...]

NYC looking to ‘Reinvent Payphones’
NYC looking to ‘Reinvent Payphones’
News Billy Rennison 12/07/2012 at 10:09AM

Payphones may appear like anachronisms when residents whiz by them glued to their cellphones, but the seeming artifacts still prove useful, especially in times of emergency. Payphone usage tripled during Superstorm Sandy in areas affected by the storm, as those without power were forced to use the coin-operated phones to make calls. To assure that [...]

Bloomberg says city will rebuild smarter along shore
Bloomberg says city will rebuild smarter along shore
News Billy Rennison 12/06/2012 at 12:52PM

Despite record storm surges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to rebuild along the shore, but said it must be “smarter, stronger and more sustainable.” Bloomberg made the remarks at the New York Marriott Downtown to an audience that included former Vice President Al Gore. “Let me be clear: We are not going to abandon the waterfront,” [...]

Forbes names Bloomberg the world’s 16th most powerful person
Forbes names Bloomberg the world’s 16th most powerful person
News Billy Rennison 12/06/2012 at 10:38AM

New Yorkers who believe Mayor Michael Bloomberg wields too much authority will not be surprised by his high ranking on Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people. Bloomberg placed 16th on the annual list that includes heads of state, CEOs and magnates, one spot behind Warren Buffet and one ahead of Walmart CEO Michael [...]

$5.5M to help small businesses ‘get back up and running’
Business Maggie Hayes 12/02/2012 at 9:07AM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has allocated $5.5 million for small businesses affected by Sandy. “Getting small businesses back on their feet is key to helping our economy recover from Sandy,” said Bloomberg. “The capital provided through this program will help businesses purchase supplies, make repairs and get back up and running.” The Mayor’s Fund to Advance [...]

Bloomberg offers tax break for homeowners affected by Sandy
Bloomberg offers tax break for homeowners affected by Sandy
Top Stories Billy Rennison 11/30/2012 at 9:30AM

Owners of homes ravaged by Superstorm Sandy will be receiving a break on their property taxes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday on the one month anniversary of the storm. Bloomberg proposed a resolution to reimburse a portion of homeowners’ property tax bill so it falls more in line with the home’s post-Sandy values.  The average reimbursement would [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 11/23/2012 at 8:16AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Friday night: A slight chance of showers between 9pm and midnight. Cloudy, then gradual clearing toward daybreak, with a low around 40. EVENT of the DAY: Improvius Maximus Some of the best improv teams, from all corners [...]

Obama lands at JFK, tours areas hardest hit by Sandy
Obama lands at JFK, tours areas hardest hit by Sandy
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 11/15/2012 at 1:11PM

By Alexa Altman and Terence Cullen “I’m very proud of you, New York,” said President Barack Obama. “You guys are tough. You bounce back, just as America always bounces back. The same is going to be true this time out.” Alongside New York’s most prominent officials, Obama surveyed damage in the areas hardest hit by [...]

NYC Rapid Repairs program begins today
News Billy Rennison 11/13/2012 at 2:03PM

Superstorm Sandy destroyed the homes of thousands of New Yorkers and left multitudes more temporarily displaced. With the goal of assuring all residents have a roof over their heads as quickly as possible, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Brad Gair, a former deputy commissioner for operations at the Office of Emergency Management, as director of housing [...]