“The utilities, Azi, were not created in the bible. They’re not in the old testament, they’re not in the new testament. God never said, ‘New York shall have these utilities forever and Con Ed is the utility and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ It’s not in the bible.”
some of the best stories about the city you’ll find, in line with what Talk of the Town was way back when Talk of the Town was well-reported and New York-oriented…Amid all the SEO-driven craze for quick hits and page views, it turns out that online’s wide-open space can be a good thing in the hands of the right writers and editors. This ain’t fish-wrapping, even if you could wrap fish in it.
I asked Governor Andrew Cuomo whether, substantively, the protesters were right to be expressing their frustration with big banks and Wall Street, or whether they were, as Michael Bloomberg said, misguided and a threat to local jobs.
“They have a right to protest and everyone has a right to their opinion,” Cuomo said, speaking to a throng of reporters at the end of the Columbus Day parade on Fifth Avenue.
“They’re saying a number of things,” Cuomo said. “Part of it is about Wall Street, part of it is anti-death penalty, part of it is the environment, etc. But they have a right to protest, they have a right to their opinion. That’s what makes a democracy work.”
Michael Bloomberg’s silence—and however else you want to characterize the way he first described Stephen Goldsmith’s departure last month—has made him an irresistibly easy target.
The New York Post editorial board has used the occasion of their big scoop on this story to question Bloomberg’s transparency credentials, which could be sort of a second-tier meme if this story rolls over into next week. Which maybe it will, if the mayor continues his blackout of public appearances through the weekend.