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November 4, 2012
Please, I know sometimes people are reticent to take advantage of services. The cold really is something that is dangerous.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg • In a plea to residents suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, encouraging them to work with the city to fight the cold. The city, citing temperatures falling to the 30s, recently opened warming shelters for those who needed to get out of the cold, and also handed out 25,000 blankets to people who chose to stay. 700,000 people in city are still without power.
13:02 // 1 year ago
November 2, 2012

How Michael Bloomberg’s stance on the NYC Marathon evolved throughout the day

  • first "They’re running this race to help New York City and the donations from all the runners in the clubs will be a big relief to our efforts."
  • then "You have to keep going and doing things and you have to grieve. You can cry and you can laugh, all at the same time. That’s what human beings are good at."
  • now "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event—even one as meaningful as this—to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
20:05 // 1 year ago
October 28, 2012

Quick guide: What NYC residents should know about Hurricane Sandy

The subways are shutting down. A partial evacuation has been ordered. The city recently announced the mandatory evacuation of Zone A, a series of low-lying areas in the city, which include the areas shown above in orange. And as a precaution, the city will also shut down the subways at 7 p.m., and the final bus will run at 9 p.m. Above is the hurricane evacuation guide released by the city. (The PDF is available here, and here are direct links to the JPGs: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3.) If you need to track a specific address, use this zone finder. “This evacuation is mandatory — it is for your own safety,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference. “We’ve got to take some precautions today.” Please be safe, folks.

EDIT: Updated the link to the PDF. Also, be sure to check our post about the New York Times’ interactive map showing this information.

12:35 // 1 year ago
October 12, 2012
Delis and hotdog stands are barred from selling a 20-ounce lemonade, but the 7-Eleven a few feet away remains free to sell Big Gulps.
A lawsuit filed against New York City • Asking a court to block the infamous soda ban that’s supposed to take effect in March. A number of key groups, including the American Beverage Association and the National Restaurant Association, went ahead with the lawsuit, which was widely expected, on Friday.
22:58 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2012

Code Red: Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed large soda ban becomes law in New York

  • nine members of New York’s Board of Health voted to approve the ban on sales of sodas over 16 ounces. (They aren’t cola nuts.)
  • one member of the board abstained out of concern for the financial implications of the ban. (He wasn’t a Fanta the ban.) source
14:22 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2012
sunfoundation:

Poll: Majority oppose New York City soda ban

It appears a majority of Americans aren’t too sweet on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban.


Key line: “About seven in 10, or 71 percent, say they don’t believe that limiting soda cup sizes will actually have an impact on obesity rates.” For comparison’s sake, would like to see a formal poll on the Disney thing. This non-scientific poll is mostly in favor of Disney’s ad policy changes.

sunfoundation:

Poll: Majority oppose New York City soda ban

It appears a majority of Americans aren’t too sweet on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban.

Key line: “About seven in 10, or 71 percent, say they don’t believe that limiting soda cup sizes will actually have an impact on obesity rates.” For comparison’s sake, would like to see a formal poll on the Disney thing. This non-scientific poll is mostly in favor of Disney’s ad policy changes.

23:26 // 2 years ago
June 1, 2012
markcoatney:

Yeah, and so did Philip Morris, Countrywide Financial, etc. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but it’s nonsensical to argue that “we’re simply giving the customer what he wants” is an airtight defense. 

See, here’s the thing: Neither Bloomberg nor McDonald’s are completely right on this issue. Clearly there’s a fight going on regarding the overall health of our society, and in some quarters, it’s simply being lost. Bloomberg is right to focus on the problem, but really, the target here is not so much the consumer but the corporation. If you limited the amount of corn syrup one could get from an average meal at Mickey D’s, rather than the portion size, you’d get much further.
Bloomberg has done good things on this issue in general — his anti-trans-fat push was successful, and having restaurants list calorie counts on their menus is something they should simply do without being asked. But, unlike smoking, this feels like an issue that may need to be handled at a level above the consumer, at the manufacturing level.
And to everyone, a suggestion: Stop drinking soda for a week or two. Switch to water. Then go back to it. You’ll notice something weird happen — you’ll find it much stronger than it was a week before. That’s because it was always that strong, but you had gotten used to it. Keep that in mind.

markcoatney:

Yeah, and so did Philip Morris, Countrywide Financial, etc. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but it’s nonsensical to argue that “we’re simply giving the customer what he wants” is an airtight defense. 

See, here’s the thing: Neither Bloomberg nor McDonald’s are completely right on this issue. Clearly there’s a fight going on regarding the overall health of our society, and in some quarters, it’s simply being lost. Bloomberg is right to focus on the problem, but really, the target here is not so much the consumer but the corporation. If you limited the amount of corn syrup one could get from an average meal at Mickey D’s, rather than the portion size, you’d get much further.

Bloomberg has done good things on this issue in general — his anti-trans-fat push was successful, and having restaurants list calorie counts on their menus is something they should simply do without being asked. But, unlike smoking, this feels like an issue that may need to be handled at a level above the consumer, at the manufacturing level.

And to everyone, a suggestion: Stop drinking soda for a week or two. Switch to water. Then go back to it. You’ll notice something weird happen — you’ll find it much stronger than it was a week before. That’s because it was always that strong, but you had gotten used to it. Keep that in mind.

14:09 // 2 years ago
One doughnut is not going to hurt you. In moderation, most things are OK. … That is exactly what we’re trying to do with soft drinks is get you to drink in moderation.
NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg • Responding to criticism from the Today Show’s Matt Lauer about his office’s support of National Doughnut Day less than two days after announcing a proposed ban on soda sizes larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s faced criticism from other politicians for spending his time on the issue. “I like Mayor Bloomberg, but are you kidding me? Come on,” House Speaker John Boehner said Friday. “Don’t we have bigger issues to deal with than the size of some soft drink that somebody buys?” What say you? Valid or hypocritical?
13:53 // 2 years ago
May 31, 2012
We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg • Speaking on MSNBC about his proposed ban on soft-drink containers bigger than 16 ounces. “The idea here is, you tend to eat all the food in the container in front of you,” he continued. “If it’s a bigger container, you eat more. If somebody put it in a smaller glass or plate or bowl in front of you, you would eat less.” For what it’s worth, many large food companies, such as Coke and McDonald’s, are on the attack in the wake of the proposed ban.
13:59 // 2 years ago
April 13, 2012
Live now: Michael Bloomberg attempts to upstage Cory Booker with the help of the Muppets.

Live now: Michael Bloomberg attempts to upstage Cory Booker with the help of the Muppets.

11:34 // 2 years ago