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The Call Blog: Mayor Bloomberg Farewell Tour Continues, Focuses On Jobs

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Listening to Mayor Bloomberg talk about himself on his farewell tour, I'm reminded of a quote attributed to the late Walter Payton. "When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you."



Mayor Bloomberg's five-borough farewell tour took him to Staten Island today. There, he announced New York City will be home to a record four-million jobs by the end of the year. Bloomberg also said private sector jobs in the five boroughs have increased 13 percent since he took office.

In other economic news today, the New York City Independent Budget Office said it believes the City will have a surplus of $2.4 billion at the conclusion of this fiscal year, $581 million more than projected by Mayor Bloomberg. Union leaders have criticized Bloomberg for saying there hasn't been enough money available in recent years to give municipal workers raises. What do you say?

What is Mayor Bloomberg's legacy when it comes to job creation and the economy? What's your reaction to the IBO's projection of a $2.4 billion surplus in the City coffers? Should that money be used to give union workers raises or retroactive pay? If you are looking for work, are you encouraged by the recent drops in the national and State unemployment levels?

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Surely you jest, is this a holiday gag or what ?
What job creation ? What money ?
We only heard about the no money - so where did
it come from all of a sudden, now that he is leaving
behind his trail of destruction ?

Kind regards,
Sabrina, East Village



All that Bloomberg did during his tenure is make the city look pretty for tourist, and build luxury housing for the rich, everyone else was just a nuisance.

Felix
Bay Ridge



Hi John

The 2.4 billion should be used to give the union workers new contracts and raises because they've been working without contracts for a long time espically my buddies that work for the MTA. I wouldn't mind paying more so they'll have a fsir and decent contract, the people that work for the MTA keep the city moving Bloomberg dont understand that he gets a D as usual for job creation and the economy. I know Mayor-elect Diblasio would do right by the union members he would be a fair and decent mayor.

Herman
upper west side



MAYOR BLOOMBERG SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THE INCREASED POVERTY IN N.Y.C. PEOPLE IN CITY SHELTERS IN 2002 NUMBERED 36,976 TODAY THAT NUMBER IS 52,351,INCLUDING 22,136 CHILDREN IN CITY SHELTERS AS OF SEPTEMBER AS REPORTED BY THE DAILY NEWS. HARDLY A COMPASSIONATE BY PRODUCT OF A MAYOR WHO SAW HIS FORTUNES CLIMB 6 FOLD. ENTERED OFFICE WITH 5 BILLION IN HIS PORTFOLIO, ONLY TO LEAVE OFFICE WITH 30 BILLION. EMBARRASSING. PUNK BLOOMBERG PICKING ON KIDS.

JOE, BAY TERRACE



Hi John,

It’s just as though I have just awakened from a dream which is really a nightmare. This announcement that NYC will be home to 4mil jobs by the end of the year and that the private sectors have increased hiring by 13%. Now this mayor should know by now that many of us disbelieve his polls of every kind. Wasn’t last nights show of yours John enough of a clue to him that there was only about 1% of your audience by facebook, twitter, e-mails, phone calls and man/woman on the street interviews. At this point I would just leave and give up on all of this already now.

Once again he speaks of a surplus and the numbers just don’t add up to me at all because how can they repeatedly find money all the time. Just where does it come from? It’s just like playing games with us all the time. Once again make no mistake about it the unions bailed out this city and he was mayor at the time and he should have given much consideration and time to find a way to repay these workers. How did he make all of his money while in office? The money was a loan to help bail out the city period. Another thing that is very upsetting is the promos on TV encouraging business’s to come to New York by offering them a 30 year tax free deal. All of these amenities are all due to the deals made by Bloomberg and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. You can’t make it up.

TO BE CONTINUED I’M SURE !!!!!!!

Thank you John,
maxxiee
mp



Bloomberg shortchanged the taxpayer by not taking care of the employees who are paid to serve the tax payers of NYC. For example: the conditions of the roads, response times of the NYPD and the NYFD, and snow removal. Bloomberg attached dollar signs to all of these and by cost cutting services and shortchanging civil servants built up a surplus and shortchanged the NYC resident. Good business, no the worst mayor we have had.

Roscoe,
Park Hill



John,

Bloomberg's legacy is denying individual rights and infringing upon people's freedoms by banning everything he dislikes and regulating as many activities as he can get away with.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



Michael Bloomberg is a helium balloon. He is so full of himself. If this is his farewell tour then farewell already! Why does he have to force feed and tell us what a great job he's done? He is nothing more than the Goodyear blimp. All he needs is a comb over and can join the Donald Trump school of charm

Raymond
Bklyn Hgts.



The outer boroughs saw no vast improvement or attention for that matter, during Bloomberg's 12 years as mayor. Queens in particular only saw sone poorly planned overdevelopment. Funny how Bloomberg's final tour de farce in Queens was only marked by a ride on the 7 train...the same subway line that is being extended for the benefit of Manhattan.

Steve
Forest Hills



NOW DEBLASIO APPOINTS SHELLY SILVERS FINANCE GURU AS BUDGET DIRECTOR. THIS IS GOING TO BE A HORROR SHOW.

FROM ENZO OF OZONE PARK.



Job creation under Bloomberg? Don't make me laugh! The mayor did everything he can to destroy unions, cut jobs, and keep the rich in luxury. That surplus should go to the people. They deserve compensation for all the garbage Bloomberg put then through.

Mike from Morningside



Use it to repair the infrastructure. Municipal workers need to share a part if the burden of their healthcare and pension contributions. Their benefits are so good that they off set their average pay.

Peter



Bloomberg would like to reduce the workforce to serfdom, except for the Wall Street crowd.

Frances
East Village



I think if a union walked away from talks, like the teachers union did, then they should not get retroactive pay

Tom
Carroll Gardens



Hi John,

The surplus should not go to City workers. Most of them coast in their jobs, more concerned with adding on to their 'time'. Working hard is not in their vocabulary. Those who say 'they can't make ends meet'- ask them what they spend their money on and how many children they have. No one can survive in this City living beyond your means and having more children than they can afford.

Joan, Queens.



With this billionaire bozo, I have had more muggings, more crime, and murders in my area. Oh? And more and more taxes along with more unnecessary violations. Write ME a check please!

MZ
Richmond Hill NY 11419



Why should all the bankers and hedge fund managers in the city reap the benefits of the great city that is provided to them by the city workers but the workers not get the raise they are entitled to. The city workers keep the city running they are entitled to a raise and retroactive pay. They need to make a living as much as the bankers think they need a yacht, it's not fair.

Jed
Manhattan



Job Creation: I'll give him that, he created nice jobs for his friends, but for the long time(still)unemployed New Yorkers, he gets an F.

As for the surplus, I think that all city Unions should have their contracts negotiated and the employees should receive raises, but I am not for the back raise. I think that may be too much for our budget at this time. That should be a compromise.

Theresa
Upper West Side



John,

The excess funds should definitely to union raises along with back pay. I took a 50 percent pay cut when I went into the NYPD from the real estate industry. My reason for entering the NYPD was a desire to perform community service.

I am sick of people who whine that they don't have a pension. Before the market crash they were living high on the hog while I was eating raman noodles while dedicating my life to protect the citizens of the city of new york.

These crybabies should go down to DCAS, see what jobs are available and take the test. Maybe then they'll realize that civil servants are not getting rich by any means...they are just getting by paycheck to paycheck.

kate
midtown east



Once again the city has built up its surplus on the backs of the poor. As a city worker I have seen thousands of non-civil service city workers laid off. We have not received a cost of living increase in 6 years, and the medical coverage city workers receive is paid for out of our pay thru the mandatory union dues that are taken out of our paychecks. So yes we deserve raises and there can still be money left for the infrastructure because if there is a 2 billion surplus being reported there probably is a much higher surplus.

Denise
Harlem



WHAT WE SHOULD DO WITH THE SURPLUS IS BURN IT, AND CONVERT TO A CASHLESS GLOBAL ECONOMY; WHERE NEEDS ARE MET BY HOURS WORKED. HOURS=X AMOUNT OF CREDITS.

JEFF, FROM HARLEM.



Of course there should be a surplus, Mayor Bloomberg's administration robbed from many hard working city employees. In New York City Correction alone, he allowed Commissioner Horn, and Schriro's supervisory staff to frivolously extract hundreds (if not thousands) of vacation days from its workers, and wrongfully terminated a whole lot of senior staff who were just a few tears shy of retirement.

Sal M.
Queens,NY



Dear John,

In response to your comment, "Are you looking for work, what's it like for you?"

Many people including myself have been looking for employment for many months. I have gone to the city agency known as "Work Force" and they appear to be just another employment agency. I understand that employers are in need of experienced workers, but it seems like people will be on food stamps and welfare for many more years since the governnment agency is no help at all.

Kevin
Clifton, Staten Island



I have been working for dot for 10 years 6 of them with no raise but my taxes and tolls have went up how are we supposed to love here and work hear if we can't afford anything.

Eric



Bloomberg was the worst mayor in nyc.

Mr.Eddie far.Rockaway.



Tell Joan from Queens that if she thinks all city workers coast at his/her job. Let's just hope if unfortunately she has an emergency NYPD and/or FDNY don't coast to her rescue.

Michael



As a city employee for over 6 years I am offended someone would contact The Call and say all city workers coast through and throw out the accusation that we live beyond our means by having to many children and not because we are under paid and live in a city where the cost of living is aimed for a salary in the 6 figures.

I work very hard and do not agree with Mayor Bloomberg,he may have added jobs but he has mostly added low wage positions and outsourced many city positions to private companies in nj and other states. The rent for most apts in ny averages above what most employees make after taxes in one check. That right there is a problem not the amount of children city employees are choosing to have. Joann's comment is ridiculous and gives off the idea that city workers are ignorant and uneducated. Work for the city before you judge the employees...

M.G.



City workers haven't had a raise in years. If there is a surplus it's simply the money that he never gave us in raises. If we don't get retroactive pay then we should sue the city for breach of contract.

Michael from Clinton Hill

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