Michael Bloomberg Tag All blog entries tagged as Michael Bloomberg http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:36:18 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: Business Group Pours Cash Into Council Races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/06/todays-lead-business-group-pours-cash-into-council-races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/06/todays-lead-business-group-pours-cash-into-council-races

About to lose a major ally in Mayor Michael Bloomberg a group of business leaders and real estate groups have poured nearly $7 million into city council races. The Jobs For New York political action committee has spent $275,000 per council race on average in an effort to extend Bloomberg's pro-business policies past his term. The group has changed the dynamic of races that are normally based on community issues and connections. The PAC is organized by the Real Estate Board of New York that counts developers such as Larry Silverstein and Daniel Tishman as its members. Union's that would benefit from development projects are also part of the group. Tenants PAC, a group that represents tenant interests, has refused to endorse any candidate who refuses to condemn Jobs For New York.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:07:28 +0000
Today's Lead: Forgotten Coney Island http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/25/todays-lead-forgotten-coney-island- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/25/todays-lead-forgotten-coney-island-

Forgotten Coney Island

Only a few blocks down from the amusement district, where the sounds of the frolicking beachgoers and carnival games have come back with renewed vigor after the seashore neighborhood's near-cataclysmic meeting with Hurricane Sandy, there is a different Coney Island that most tourists and beach goers don’t see.

This is the Coney Island that continues to struggle to return to normalcy nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy came ashore. The Coney Island where parks and playgrounds remain fenced off because of sinkholes or other damage done by last year’s storm.

“They say Coney Island is open for business. Sure, the entertainment district is, but no one talks about the parts of Coney Island where people actually live. They don’t talk about the neighborhoods,” said Ed Cosme, a resident who formed The People’s Coalition of Coney Island to raise awareness about the problems in the parts of the neighborhood that don’t normally draw tourists and bathers.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:00:57 +0000
Bloomberg Attacks Stop-And-Frisk Reform, Media Coverage #stopandfrisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/bloomberg-attacks-stop-and-frisk-reform-media-coverage-stopandfrisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/bloomberg-attacks-stop-and-frisk-reform-media-coverage-stopandfrisk Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lashed out at critics of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactics, including mayoral candidates, who he said are playing politics and undermining law enforcement.

During a speech to an audience of NYPD leaders today, Bloomberg took umbrage at two bills proposed by City Council members that seek to increase oversight of stop, question and frisk, directly tying the program to the city's record-low crime rates and ongoing counterterrorism efforts.

The outgoing mayor also took grave offense with some of his potential successors and their willingness to make the city less safe by supporting "politically driven legislation."

"My message is simple: stop playing politics with public safety," Bloomberg said to an audience of NYPD leaders. "Look at what’s happened in Boston. Remember what happened here on 9/11. Remember all of those who’ve been killed by gun violence — and the families they left behind. We owe it to all of them to give our officers the tools they need to protect innocent lives or people will needlessly die and we’ll all be responsible."

Calling the police department officers "first preventers," the mayor argued that the numbers used to argue against stop-and-frisk prove the need for the practice. Bloomberg defended the program as a deterrence against gun possession and crime, and that the movement to end stop-and-frisk would turn the clock back on the city's low crime rates.

"It’s hard to believe," he said, "but the NYPD is under attack, probably because this is an election year."

Bloomberg, who has often linked the city's economic viability to crime reduction during his term, again emphasized that public safety is key to New York City's success.

"The question is not whether the NYPD can continue driving crime to new record lows," he said. "The question is whether elected officials and special interest groups will allow you to. Will they trust you and will they have your back? God help us if they don’t."

Bloomberg focused his attack on two pending bills, both part of the Community Safety Act to task sponsored by Brooklyn Council members Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams. Bloomberg has previously said the bill to create an independent monitor over NYPD would have a chilling effect on policing, but today provided clearer examples of the type of chaos he thinks such a bill would create with a "rival power."

"With confusion comes deadly consequences to our police officers and to the public that they are sworn to protect," he said, adding that the the bill could hamper the department's counterterrorism operations by scaring other law enforcement agencies from discussing classified information.

The mayor also criticized a bill that would expand on a the city's law against racial profiling by allowing residents to sue the city. During her own speech on public safety, City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn has similarly hesitated on the bill, despite her support for the independent inspector general bill. Quinn has since said she would allow both bills to go to a vote despite her reservations.

Bloomberg then took clear aim at the "special interests" behind the legislation, lumping politicians motivated by an election year with media and advocacy groups. He likened the attacks on NYPD from groups including the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York Civil Liberties Union to the National Rifle Association's attacks on gun control advocates.

"We don’t need extremists on the left or the right running our Police Department – whether it’s the NRA or the NYCLU," Bloomberg said.

Minutes after the speech, NYCLU responded to the mayor's criticism on social media, defending its work on stop-and-frisk.

The mayor further argued that advocates for police reform and the media have been complicit in ignoring the loss of life in the same minority communities that are hardest hit by crime.

Invoking the case of 17-year-old Bronx resident Alphonza Bryant, who was shot and killed last week, Bloomberg accused The New York Times of selective outrage. The Times, which has published multiple editorials opposed to stop-and-frisk, has been silent on the case.

"Do you think that if a white, 17-year-old prep student from Manhattan had been murdered, the Times would have ignored it?" Bloomberg asked before answering his own question. "Me neither."

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:11:37 +0000
WATCH LIVE: Mayor Bloomberg's Public Safety Address to NYPD http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/watch-live-mayor-bloombergs-public-safety-address-to-nypd http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/watch-live-mayor-bloombergs-public-safety-address-to-nypd In his third press conference on the subject in recent weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak to leadership from the New York Police Department on public safety today.

Bloomberg's speech follows last week's address from City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's speech on the same subject.

Bloomberg has now held multiple press conferences with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on the heels of Boston marathon attacks, often discussing increased surveillance and opposition to what he calls "special interests" looking to change the Police Department's current practices.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:39:37 +0000
Quinn Aims For Middle Ground In Public Safety Speech http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/04/24/quinn-aims-for-middle-ground-in-public-safety-speech http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/04/24/quinn-aims-for-middle-ground-in-public-safety-speech New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants the police department to be bigger than it is under Mayor Michael Bloomberg — and to better relate with the people that it protects.

The Democratic candidate for mayor defended most of Bloomberg's current policing strategy anc called for an additional 1,600 uniformed officers, but tried to reach a middle ground on the city's stop, question and frisk policy.

While she reiterated her support for an independent police monitor to oversee the department, Quinn distanced herself from a proposed law that would expand the city's law against racial profiling.

"We need to sustain the progress we've made over the past 12 years, fix what hasn't worked and build a stronger bond between police and the communities they serve," she said.

Quinn also defended Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who Quinn has previously lauded despite disagreement on the stop-and-frisk policy. She called his work "incredible" and said that anyone who fails to recognize his work "is simply out of touch with the reality of life in New York City."

Kelly and Bloomberg have both come out against a City Council proposal to create an indepdnent inspector general. Both the commissioner and the mayor argue that the NYPD has sufficient oversight, including the Civilain Complaint Review Board and the department's Internal Affairs Bureau. Quinn nonethless celebrated Kelly's time with the force.

"Our city would be incredibly lucky to have him continue on as commissioner," she said.

To continue making progress, Quinn said that the police needs to hire more officers. She prosposed that the city hire 1,600 additional police officers, and that the department accelerate its hiring of 500 new officers who are scheduled to start in January.

Quinn would instead have those new officers begin in June, and said that a speedier increase in police hires would not be a financial burden for the department. The additional cost, she said, would be offset by, among other things, the lower wages given to new recruits as opposed to senior officers on the verge of retirement.

Quinn credited Kelly for a number of things, including what she called strides in community relations since former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's tenure. She also praised the increased number of minority officers and the department's "direct community engagement."

Calling stop-and-frisk an "important tool" for police, Quinn said she doesn't want to ban the policy. Instead, she wants the NYPD to better train its officers and build better working relationships with community members to mend the rift between the two.

"A safe city and a city where people in every community feel like they’re being treated with respect are not mutually exclusive goals," she said. "We can have both."

She repeated her support for the independent monitor legislation, one of four bills in the propsoed Community Safety Act. Unlike previous statements about the act, however, Quinn came out against one of the bills that would enforce the city's law against racial profiling.

She cautioned that the bill is redundant of existing checks put in place against racial profiling. Quinn said New Yorkers can already work file grievances with the CCRB and lawsuits through the federal courts.

"I believe this presents a real risk that a multitude of state court judges issue rulings that could take control of police policy decisions away from the mayor and commissioner," Quinn said, repeating a line often used against her support of the inspector general bill. "This could overlap and possibly conflict with rulings coming out of the federal courts, and could occur before the proposed oversight through DOI has had a chance to be fully implemented."

The Community Safety Act's lead sponsors, who have worked with Quinn on the inspector general bill, both admonished the speaker for her lack of support for the racial profiling bill. Brooklyn Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander jointly stated that recent lawsuits against stop-and-frisk prove that profiling is happening despite existing law.

"We cannot keep our communities safe by profiling our neighbors based on their race, religion, LGBT, or other status," they wrote in response to Quinn's speech. "It violates fundamental civil liberties, breaks down the bonds of trust necessary for good policing, sets New Yorkers against each other and has never been proven to work."

The bill in question, Intro 800-A, has already been amended since it was first introduced last year. The latest language would not allow plaintiffs to seek monetary damages, adopt the city Human Rights Law's definition of profiling and protect supervisors from legal action.

Quinn is expected to join her fellow Democratic mayoral candidates for a larger forum on public safety tonight at John Jay College for Criminal Justice to be aired on NY1.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Public Safety Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:49:48 +0000
NYC Council Wants To Make Legal Smoking Age 21 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/22/nyc-council-wants-to-make-legal-smoking-age-21 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/22/nyc-council-wants-to-make-legal-smoking-age-21

Lawmakers want New York City to be the first city in the U.S. to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18.

The law would make ban vendors from selling any tobacco products to New Yorkers under the age of 21, which Council Speaker Christine Quinn cautiously likened to the sale of alcoholic drinks.

She pointed to an 80 percent decline in drunk driving deaths after the drinking age increased in the 1980s.

Quinn stood alongside Health Department Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, fellow council memebers and anti-smoking advocates when she unveiled the new legislation today. The bill would join a group of bills also recently endorsed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg aimed at curbing New Yorkers' smoking habits.

"This can work," Quinn said during a press event at City Hall.

Quinn and advocates cited a 2011 smoking study from the United Kingdom that found a 30 percent decline in smoking among 16- to 17-year-olds after England passed a law to increase the ban to 18 from 16.

Like the English law, only retailers would be punished for selling tobacco products to those younger than 21. While the details of the bill are still being negotiatiated, Farley said that the Department of Consumer Affairs — which currently oversees the ban for those under the age of 18 — would oversee its expansion.

The amount of penalties against retailers is also being negotiatioed.

Quinn said the bill would be introduced to committee on May 2, along with other bills that would legislate how retailers can display the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products and establish a minimum price for cigarettes.

While Bloomberg spoke in favor of the two previous bills in late March, he wasn't enthusasistic about an increase in the city's smoking age when the City Council first entertained the idea in 2006.

"The best ways to reduce smoking among young people is to raise cigarette taxes because cigarette taxes have been shown to directly impact the younger people's ability to buy cigarettes," the mayor said in 2006.

In response to the Council's bill, the Mayor's office said that Bloomberg had changed his mind on the increase.

"We have cut youth smoking in half, but recently the decline has plateaued," said Samantha Levine, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, in a statement. "You may have seen we recently proposed some other measures we had not supported before — requiring stores to remove cigarettes from public view and setting a minimum price — to try to address this. So we revisited this proposal and found new data from the UK that shows it can have an impact.”

Four states currently have laws that make the smoking age 19, and similar laws were passed in New York's Ondandaga, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Texas briefly considered increasing its smoking age to 21, but the bill stalled in late February.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:07:53 +0000
New York Reacts to NRA's Proposal http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/21/new-york-reacts-to-nras-proposal- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/21/new-york-reacts-to-nras-proposal- The National Rifle Association proposed a plan today to position armed men around schools in reaction to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. New York officials are not pleased with the proposal, judging from their reactions:

The NRA's Washington leadership has long been out of step with its members, and never has that been so apparent as this morning. Their press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe. Leadership is about taking responsibility, especially in times of crisis. Today the NRA's lobbyists blamed everyone but themselves for the crisis of gun violence. While they promote armed guards, they continue to oppose the most basic and common sense steps we can take to save lives - not only in schools, but in our movie theaters, malls, and streets. Enough. As a country, we must rise above special interest politics. Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns. That's why 74 percent of NRA members support common sense restrictions like criminal background checks for anyone buying a gun. It is time for Americans who care about the Second Amendment and reasonable gun restrictions to join together to work with the President and Congress to stop the gun violence in this country. Demand a plan. — Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The NRA’s response to the tragic events in Newtown is deeply disturbing and underscores just how far out of touch they are from reality and the concerns of most Americans. The answer to gun violence on our street corners, in our shopping centers and in our schools is not more guns. The answer is stronger gun laws and a dramatic expansion of mental health services.

New York can and must be a leader in developing a solution. I am hopeful in the coming weeks the Senate will join together with the Assembly and Governor Cuomo to pass meaningful legislation that will begin to change the culture of gun violence in our society. — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Seven days after those teachers and children were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut the NRA has broken their silence. I wish they had kept their mouths shut. All they did today was add more pain and heartache to those Newtown families. Their remarks are some of the most stupid, asinine, insensitive, ridiculous comments I have ever heard made in the public arena. All these remarks tell us is that the NRA does not seem to care about protecting our children. I do not understand how even with all of those little coffins being rolled out in Newtown, that the NRA believes the answer is more guns. All that would have happened if there were armed guards in Sandy Hook Elementary is that we would now have dead armed guards. Why do we need an army style gun in that school, a gun we send to Afghanistan? I think the NRA’s comments today were a clear and blatant attempt to throw salt in the wounds of families who lost their loved ones. As a human being, I am surprised and tremendously disappointed in what the NRA did today. — Council Speaker Christine Quinn

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:21:33 +0000
Liu Changes His Mind on Marathon http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/liu-changes-his-mind-on-marathon- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/liu-changes-his-mind-on-marathon-

City Comptroller John Liu has issued this statement on his support of holding the New York City Marathon this weekend:

Earlier this week, I stated support for keeping the New York City Marathon, which is a huge economic generator for the City, on schedule assuming that the City’s infrastructure would be able to support the race and New Yorkers’ safety can be ensured. Unfortunately, it has become apparent over the last couple of days that there are still large parts of the City where recovery efforts are falling short, where fellow New Yorkers remain hungry and cold, and where there is now more and more looting. As I have traveled throughout the boroughs since Sandy struck, it has become clear that the Marathon would compromise the City’s ability to protect and provide for the residents most affected by the hurricane. Recovery efforts must come before the Marathon and it's time to re-evaluate whether the resources needed for the Marathon can really be spared on Sunday.”

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Julie Menin have both come out against holding the marathon this weekend. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended it.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:19:57 +0000
Stringer, Menin Against the NYC Marathon http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/stringer-menin-against-the-nyc-marathon- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/stringer-menin-against-the-nyc-marathon-

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Julie Menin who is expected to run for Manhattan Borough President in 2013 have both joined the chorus of voices decrying Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decison to hold the New York City Marathon despite the fact that a great number of city residents are still without, power, food, water and the ability to get to work.

Bloomberg has defended the decision saying that police and other city workers will be available because there will be no work-week traffic to contend with. “This city is a city where we have to go on,” he said.

Here is Stringer's statement:

First of all, I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo for their strong leadership in helping our City recover from a devastating storm. And I certainly understand and respect the mayor’s desire to show that we are a resilient City.

But New York has experienced a tragedy of historic proportions. New Yorkers in Staten Island, the Rockaways, Coney Island and Lower Manhattan are struggling to keep body and soul together, deprived of basic essentials as temperatures drop.

For this reason, and after significant deliberation, I believe we should postpone and re-schedule the New York City Marathon in order to focus all of the City's resources on the crucial task of helping our neighbors recover from this disaster. New Yorkers deserve nothing less than to know that the entire government is focused solely on returning the City and their region back to normalcy.

The next several days will test the mettle of our city's infrastructure, its residents and its government. We will come back stronger than ever - but only then can the marathon be an event that all New Yorkers can celebrate."

Menin issued this statement:

The City’s decision to move forward with the NYC Marathon while we are still in the early stages of recovery from the devastation of Sandy is misguided. The events of the last few days – including hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without access to any food, water or electricity for almost four days make clear that the public safety and logistical resources needed for the organization and supervision of the Marathon are more urgently needed fulfilling the basic needs of vulnerable New Yorkers. I witnessed thousands of New Yorkers today without food and water in my community, many needing medical assistance and numerous small businesses who need help pumping water out of their businesses.

The Marathon should be rescheduled by at least a week, so that City resources can be dedicated to the urgent work of recovery. The Marathon’s economic benefits – and its symbolic importance as evidence of our resilience – are important. But they cannot stand before getting food, water and essential supplies to affected neighborhoods across the City, from mine in lower Manhattan to devastated parts of Staten Island and South Brooklyn. Runners will understand; our communities must come first.

Photo of Scott Stringer courtesy of Stringer For NY

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:38:56 +0000
John Stewart Praises/Skewers Bloomberg, Cuomo, Christie http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/11/01/john-stewart-praisesskewers-bloomberg-cuomo-christie http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/11/01/john-stewart-praisesskewers-bloomberg-cuomo-christie In "A Daily Show Tribute to Institutional Competance" John Stewart highlighted the fast reaction, bipartisanship and quirks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Stewart sends out a special love note to Bloomberg's sign language interpreter Lydia Callis. This video could in fact brighten up your Sandy-tainted week.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:58:44 +0000
Headlines: Bloomberg Creating 'Super PAC'; New Infrastructure Spending http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/18/headlines-bloomberg-creating-super-pac-new-infrastructure-spending http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/18/headlines-bloomberg-creating-super-pac-new-infrastructure-spending

Mayor Bloomberg yesterday announced his plans to spend between $10 million and $15 million through a "super PAC" he will spearhead. It's named Independence USA PAC and has a goal of supporting candidates across party lines who pledge to work in a bipartisan fashion. It will spend money on highly competitive state, local and Congressional races this year and back candidates who support legalizing same-sex marriage, enacting tougher gun laws, and education reform.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:24:25 +0000
Bloomberg Makes His Money Walk and Talk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/17/bloomberg-makes-his-money-walk-and-talk- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/17/bloomberg-makes-his-money-walk-and-talk-

What do you do if you are a billionaire mayor who is about to be term limited out of office, and you've already extended term limits once?

You start putting your money to use across the country to make sure your voice is still heard.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that he will spend "eight figures" to influence gun laws and education policy across the country. The money will be spent to support moderates and independents around the country.

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson will oversee the venture. Bloomberg said in a statement:

It's critically important that we have elected officials in Washington, Albany, and around the nation who are willing to work across party lines to achieve real results. I’ve always believed in the need for more independent leadership, and this new effort will support candidates and causes that will help protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence, improve our schools, and advance our freedoms

Bloomberg donated the maximum amount of $10,000 to each Republican State Senator who voted for same-sex marriage, reportedly donated $100,000 to the Senate Republican housekeeping account and is pouring cash into the same-sex marriage legalization effort in Maryland.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Mayor Bloomberg. Photo by Kristen Artz.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:04:46 +0000