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Bloomberg Spent $650 Million of Own Money on Being Mayor

Say what you want about Michael Bloomberg as a media mogul and/or a mayor, but know this: The dude knows how to spend money. The New York Times reports that Bloomberg spent about $650 million (an ”undoubtedly low” estimate) of his own fortune during his time as mayor of this fine city.

What did Bloomberg spend all that money on? We’re glad you asked! Below are some of our favorites.

  • $62,400 — spent on cleaning two giant aquariums in City Hall, every week for the past 12 years
  • $500,000 — used to pay for a jaunt to China
  • $28 million — cost of a completely necessary private plane
  • $73 million — used to defeat Mark Green in the 2001 mayoral election. To Bloomberg’s credit, Green recalls him saying “Yeah, well, it was expensive.”
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New York Times and Post Endorse Christine Quinn, Joe Lhota for Mayor

The New York Times and The New York Post have thrown their collective weight into the mayoral race. Both papers endorsed Christine Quinn for the Democrats and Joe Lhota for the Republicans. The announcements came days after The New York Daily News backed Quinn.

In an editorial, the Times explained that Quinn’s strong performance during last Wednesday’s debates sealed the deal:

We had already made up our own minds in favor of Ms. Quinn, but the Wednesday debate would have clinched it anyway. Candidates were asked what legacy they wanted to leave after two terms. ‘More people in the middle class,’ Ms. Quinn said. It was a perfect answer, and she could have left it there. But, Quinn being Quinn, she threw in supporting details.

The Post claimed that Quinn was the choice for the Democratic party because she “is the only candidate who has shown the basic common sense any mayor needs.”

On the right, the Times said Lhota was the right choice based in part on his achievable ideas (Lhota suggested installing park-and-ride lots at the end of subway lines to encourage more people to use the trains). The Post wrote that Lhota “stands head and shoulders above the field,” because “He has valuable know-how and experience, in both the public and private sectors.”

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As Election Looms, NYC Video Voter Guide Returns

video voter.jpgLast month, the New York City Voter Assistance Commission partnered with WNBC and NYC TV to launch the Video Voter Guide in order to give voters non-partisan information about all the candidates running for office as it led up to run-off elections.

Now, with the general elections looming next week, the Video Voter Guide is back, featuring recorded messages from candidates running for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council from now through November 3.

If you’re like us and know very little about any candidate besides those running for mayor, you can watch on NYC TV and WNBC’s NY Nonstop channel.

Earlier: Video Voter Guide To Launch Next Week