After City Council recently passed a bill to regulate pedicabs, Mayor Bloomberg decided to wait a bit longer before signing it (however, he did sign three bills about nightlife safety). Angry pedicab owners seemed to influence the mayor, pleading that the bill would contradict the 2030 sustainable city initiative. Bloomberg has until March 30th to decide whether to sign, veto or leave it alone. If left alone, the bill would automatically become law.
Mayor Bloomberg also took to the national stage this week to discuss the business and financial state of the country at a conference in Georgetown University. Sitting beside Fed Chairman Greenspan and Treasury Secretary Paulson, Bloomberg discussed New York City’s global competitiveness, our country’s economic inequalities and other national issues such as immigration and trade policies. All these big ideas seemed fit for a presidential nominee. Esther Fuchs, a Columbia Professor and first-term advisor for Bloomberg, forecasted the chances of this happening are 80 per cent.
The date for the extra special election for Brooklyn’s 40th District is April 24th. Mathieu Eugene will run again after failing to certify that he lived in the 40th on the day he was elected. Vincent Ignizio, who was elected for a seat in Staten Island on the same day of Eugene’s election, was sworn in on Thursday with no doubts about his residential status. And there will still need to be another set of special elections next year, because this year's special election is only allows the candidate to serve this year, not the whole term. At any rate, to make sure future elections do not end with such residential controversy, Council member Avella proposed a bill that would require candidates to live in the electing district for at least one year prior to the election.
First it was trans-fats, and then it was rats, now the City Council identified metal bats as the newest threat to the city. On Wednesday, City Council passed a bill to ban metal bats, supporting those who say the bats pose a higher risk of injury. This bill would also cost public high schools more than $250,000 and make it harder to hit home runs. What are some other solutions? Helmets for pitchers? NERF?
Council member Liu, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, wants to make parking rules ,a href="http://www.nypost.com/seven/03162007/news/regionalnews/pol_rips_parking_tix_rules_regionalnews_jeremy_olshan.htm">less confusing. On Friday, he proposed a bill that would require the Department of Transportation Website to post parking regulations for every block.