Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

As world leaders meet in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Albany has joined the global Compact of Mayors coalition.

9/4/14 Panel

Sep 4, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Obama Foreign Policy
Putin's Plan
Bloomberg Return
Ferguson Police Probe
Salt Study

7/7/14 Panel

Jul 7, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Bloomberg on Gun Control
Midterms
Romney?
Voter Age Discrimination
NSA Report

4/17/14 Panel

Apr 17, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Ukraine
Citizen Bloomberg vs. NRA
NY Lawmakers push for higher minimum wage for chain employees
Deportations dramatically down over last 5 years
TU Stories
Union Hockey Celebration

NYC Mayor De Blasio Takes Formal Oath At City Hall

Jan 2, 2014

New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has taken the oath of office at a City Hall ceremony.

He was formally sworn in Wednesday by former President Bill Clinton as the city's 109th mayor.

De Blasio is the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in more than two decades and vows to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city.

He officially took over as mayor after a ceremony in his Brooklyn home minutes after midnight.

Bill De Blasio Sworn In As 109th Mayor Of NYC.

Jan 1, 2014

Bill de Blasio has been sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City.

He is the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in more than two decades and vows to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city.

He took the oath of office in a small ceremony in his Brooklyn home Wednesday, minutes after midnight.

The 52-year-old de Blasio was joined by his wife and their two teenage children. The oath was delivered by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Dec 30, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about what Billy Joel tickets have to do with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign fundraising and New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio gearing up to take over for Michael Bloomberg. 

NY Charter Schools Worry About Mayor-Elect's Plans

Dec 26, 2013

Operators of New York City's charter schools worry that changes promised by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio could reverse 12 years of growth enjoyed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

De Blasio pledges to charge rent to "well-resourced" charter schools and has called for a moratorium on allowing new charters to share buildings with traditional schools. That would reverse a Bloomberg policy that helped the charters grow from 17 to 183 during his time in office.

NYC To Ban Tobacco Sales To Anyone Under Age 21

Nov 19, 2013
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to sign a bill banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21.

The legislation expected to get the mayor's signature today would make New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.

City health officials hope that raising the legal purchase age from 18 to 21 will lead to a big decline in smoking rates in a critical age group.

A majority of smokers get addicted to cigarettes before age 21.

De Blasio Elected NY Mayor In Landslide

Nov 6, 2013
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Bill de Blasio is the first Democrat elected mayor of New York City in a generation.

And he will rise to power hoping his landslide victory will grant him a mandate to push forward an ambitious liberal legislative agenda and tackle a looming fiscal crisis.

He was trouncing Republican rival Joe Lhota by nearly 50 percentage points in incomplete, unofficial returns on Tuesday.

He now will go to Albany claiming a mandate for a tax hike on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

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