For the second year, Mayor Bloomberg has unveiled the New York City Card, which serves as a list of the qualities he is looking for in any politicians, be they Republicans or Democrats. And therefore, those with the money to put behind politicians can use the card to see if the politician's interests line up with what the city needs.
Bloomberg said, "The City Card is not about conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat - it is about being right for New York City. The City's donor community pumps millions of dollars into political campaigns each year, and the card helps donors understand which politicians support the interests of the City - and which do not." And remember: The city pays $11.1 billion more in State taxes than it gets in State funding and pays $10.9 billion in Federal taxes than it gets in federal funding.
Here's what's on the card:
- Lower Manhattan Tax Trade-In: The City is seeking to trade-in $2 billion in Federal tax credits in exchange for $2 billion in Federal funds for the rail-link between John F. Kennedy Airport and Lower Manhattan - a crucial project for the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan.
- Homeland Security: All federal Homeland Security funding should be allocated based on threat, and not pork barrel politics.
- Competitiveness: Congress must ease the impact of restrictive visa and immigration policies and complex Sarbanes-Oxley regulations in order for New York City to remain the financial capital of the world.
- 9 /11 Worker Health: The City is requesting $150 million in annual federal funding to ensure health treatment and monitoring for all individuals affected by the catastrophic 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- Affordable Housing: State and federal financial incentives need to be expanded as part of the City's largest municipal affordable housing program in the nation's history.
- 2030/Climate Change: As part of the City's plaNYC 2030 long-term sustainability plan - to be released this Sunday - the City is asking the State Legislature to enact legislation that would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions; ensure that there is a more reliable, efficient brownfields program; promote the use of mass transit; and ensure that our energy infrastructure meets the City's long-term needs.
The first two were on the 2006 card (pictured); two things from last year's card, blocking federal eminent domain legislation and raising the State's charter school cap, are considered off the list, thanks to card-members who contacted "key members of the State Legislature and Congress."
The NY Times notes the 2007 version of the card was introduced during a power lunch, which included GOP fund-raiser Georgette Mosbacher, businessmen Leonard Lauder and Sanford Weill, and lobbyist Ben Barnes. And former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who spoke during a panel at the lunch, said, "The survival of New York’s financial district as the leading financial district in the world is important in every town in the United States."