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Posts Tagged ‘Mayor Michael Bloomberg’

Mayor Bloomberg Says No to Soda, Yes to Doughnuts

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is known for trying to force New Yorkers to be healthy with smoking bans and calls for the outlaw of artificially trans fatty foods, is now on the attack against oversized sweetened beverages. He’d like to do away with the sales of sugary drinks bigger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts, arenas, and movie theaters. You would still be able to buy these ginormous drinks at grocery stores and convenience stores.

Some question whether this sort of thing will actually make an impact on the obesity epidemic in the U.S. But when you have people ordering Mountain Dew/orange juice mixed drinks for breakfast, you’ve got to do something.

Responding to the controversy over this proposal, the Mayor said, via video, at the All Things D conference, “This is something we think we have the legal authority to do. Obesity is a local problem for us, and that’s why we’ve addressed it.”

At the same time, he will be supporting National Doughnut Day, which is tomorrow. Doughnuts every day please.

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We Were in the Lounge for the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards were handed out last night at the Times Center in New York, with award winners including New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg for Foursquare Mayor of the Year; Justin Bieber for music; and Occupy Wall Street for activism.

Hosted by The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and hubby IRL Jason Jones (left). According to the couple, they were happy to host and “honored to be away from their kids.”

A list of all the winners is available here and photos from the event have been posted on Flickr. (Separate from the awards themselves, this awful thing happened after “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl” won. Shameful and disgusting.)

Still not sure what all the fuss is about? Click through.

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Spanish Twitter Alter Ego Speaks

Despite the inconveniences of Hurricane Irene, people didn’t lose their sense of humor. A parody site, @ElBloombito, launched, poking fun at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to habla español. El Bloombito’s service message to New Yorkers last night:

Los offices del la cuidad will be opentado mañana. El commuto el mucho tough y mucho slow. Que crowding!

The New York Observer posted an interview with Rachel Figueroa-Levin, the woman behind the site, which she says, started off as a joke.

It’s admirable that the Mayor would make an attempt to reach New York’s large Spanish-speaking community with his brief Spanish interludes during press conferences, but, yeah, he should travel a little farther north of Gracie Mansion for a quick lesson in pronunciation. A sample of the Mayor’s Spanish stylings above.

NYC & Company Says ‘I Do’

Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP

With New Yorkers still celebrating the historic passage of same-sex marriage legislation, NYC & Company, the city’s tourism agency, has launched NYC I Do, a campaign to promote the city as a destination for gay weddings.

The site includes soup-to-nuts info about getting married in the city, from getting a marriage license to finding a wedding venue.

“NYC & Company is working to create a multi-channel, global communications and marketing campaign – NYC I DO – to promote the vibrancy and attractiveness of the five boroughs as a gay weddings destination,” Kimberly Spell, chief comms officer of NYC & Company told the New York Daily News.

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Howard Wolfson: Soccer Has Arrived in the U.S. Because Matt Drudge Is Covering It

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Howard Wolfson, longtime political communications operative and current Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, just published his first post on The New Republic‘s World Cup blog.

In it, he says soccer is getting big in the U.S. Why? Because Matt Drudge is covering it. Said Wolfson:

You may not think much of his politics, but Drudge still has an uncanny ability to shape and direct traditional news coverage. He knows his audience, and if there wasn’t a market for soccer in the States, he wouldn’t be featuring it on his site.

And yes, those vuvuzela horns are very loud.