The city council was bribed to do so (it enabled its members to run for more terms as well), it caused a significant controversy and fueled the Liu candidacy. New Yorkers went to the courts to have it overturned, then when they were denied they filed to have a referendum on the issue and when that was denied they brought it to the state legislature, where the GOP let it die in committee.
Again, a lot of posters here seem to do very little homework when it comes to badmouthing NYC.
Its worse than no pushback. He seems to be a favored son.
So favored that he won by less than 1% in an election where the turnout was less than 30%?
Give me a break.
NYC politics are broken and Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions to exploit the holes in the system.
If you hadn't noticed, the guy gets booed at every public event that it isn't a fundraiser he's hosting.
“So favored that he won by less than 1%”
I know I ‘don’t do my homework’, but the if I were to do my homework, the interwebs say he won 50.6 to 46.0 last time.
And his re-election in 2005 was by 20%!
And the latest approval rating I can find (February) is 50%.
Now I would only know that if I ‘did my homework’.
But I guess I’ll accept your premise: Bloomberg’s two re-elections, successful modification of election law, and high approval rating are not indicative of anything. He is the least popular person in New York and nobody likes him.
And ‘give me a break’. So what if NY politics are broken, and Bloomberg has been able to ‘exploit’ this. That is the definition of ‘no pushback’...letting him roll all over people.
Do you know who is appealing the soda ban decision? The people of New York City are. Not Bloomberg personally. The City’s legal team is pursuing it. I’d say the man is in control. The accuracy of my observation is not contingent on how recently I may have visited New York (and I used to make monthly visits), it is contingent on the easily observed realities of his success. With the exception of a state court ruling against him (which the city is fighting for him), when has he not been successful? Banning trans fats? Plan B to 14 year olds? Eliminating his own term limit?
His power is fairly unchecked, at least to this distant observer who doesn’t do his homework. And BTW, it affects us in flyover country. NY is such a big market, if they ban trans fats for example, entire food chains comply - nationwide.