First NYC Mayoral Debate between Michael Bloomberg and William Thompson Tonite Live on NY1 * Plus A Video To See

The first NYC Mayoral Debate between Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent-turned-‘whoever will support me (and I can throw some money at), I’ll be their-candidate’ Michael Bloomberg and Democratic Party candidate William Thompson will occur tonite, Tuesday, October 13th.  It will last only one hour from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast LIVE on NY1 from El Museo Del Barrio in East Harlem.

Here is a video worth watching from Stop Mayor Bloomberg with some incredible quotes from President Obama and David Letterman (and Jackie Mason!) about Mayor Mike.  The background music to the video is Carly Simon‘s song “You’re So Vain.”

At NY1.com, they write:

For City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Tuesday night’s debate on NY1 could prove to be a turning point. A chance to win over voters and push back against the mayor’s formidable campaign operation fueled, so far, by $65 million in spending. It’s also a chance for him to highlight what he says are the differences between himself and the incumbent.

If you look at the last eight years, there has been a focus on big developments and big developers and Wall Street and wealthy New Yorkers,” Thompson said. “I see New York City as being more focused on middle class New Yorkers and working New Yorkers and poor families.”

The mayor, meanwhile, kept his cards close to his vest on Monday.

“Tomorrow night will be an opportunity for my opponent and I to say what we’ve done and what we would do,” Bloomberg said.

When asked about what could be filed under the “what we would do” category, Bloomberg on Monday pointed to the issue of taxes.

“I think that we can get through the next fiscal year without any tax increases in the city,” Bloomberg said.

(Really he’ll say anything that he thinks will attract people to vote for him.  And it’s fascinating – and disturbing – how Mike Bloomberg acts like he has not been Mayor for the last 8 years.  For example, NOW he has plans to improve the subways?)

The election will take place Tuesday, November 3rdPlease vote! (And NOT for Michael Bloomberg!)

Previous WSP Blog posts on Mayor Bloomberg:

* Why Mayor Bloomberg wants Redesign of Washington Square Park/NYC

* The Blanding of New York City: Why It’s Time for Mayor Mike to Go

Oral Arguments heard on Term Limits and the “naked ambition” of Mayor Bloomberg and 29 City Council Members yesterday in downtown Brooklyn

Oral arguments around the Term Limits lawsuit were conducted at the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn yesterday afternoon. Plaintiffs, including NY City Council Members Bill de Blasio, Letitia James, Charles Barron, as well as voters and third party candidates, argue that the City Council’s overturning of two voter referendums violates the First Amendment and due process protocol. Randy Mastro argued the case for the plaintiffs and did a compelling job, at one point referring to Mayor Bloomberg and the 29 City Council members who enacted our CEO Mayor’s bidding as “scoundrels.” Stephen Kitzinger, lead attorney for the city, was a little less compelling but seemed very confident in his arguments. Judge Charles P. Siftin (U.S. District Court) seemed confused as to how he would make the decision of whether the City Council had the right to overturn voted-in term limits, the effect ultimately being that they gave themselves and the Mayor an almost guaranteed third term. The judge stated: “It is difficult to convert [the arguments] into a common denominator.”

For NY1’s clip and story, go here.

NY1 carrying Mayor Bloomberg’s consenting-to-hear-the-people Live NOW

Updated 2 p.m. — Public comment ended a little before 2 p.m.  The Mayor signed the extension of term limits bill stating “I feel at this point the public should have a choice.”  Of choosing him, he means.  A NY1 commentator said that the testimony was “split” between for and against but I doubt that highly.  It seemed very much leaning against and people were quite passionate.  More on that later.

Updated 12:15 p.m. — If you get a chance to tune in to NY1, the public testimony is still going on and it is beyond fascinating to watch and listen to people telling it like it is face-to-face to Mayor Bloomberg. Part of me could not bear the idea of speaking before the King holding court which is how I felt it would be. So I chose not to testify today. Apparently, it is so crowded that people are being brought in 5 at a time (not sure if sound is piped in outside the main room…?) so connections between people with similar views can’t be made as Mika Nagasaki from Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side pointed out. Ms. Nagasaki spoke eloquently about displacement and the problems with the rezoning being pushed by Mayor Bloomberg in her neighborhood. She couldn’t even imagine one more year of our billionaire Mayor. I feel the same.

The New York Times (which is not live blogging this one) has a story up about what’s transpired thus far.

10:15 a.m. — The public hearing before Mayor Bloomberg is going on now at City Hall, having begun at 9:30 a.m. in the Blue Room prior to our CEO Mayor signing the overturning term limits into legislation. (There’s little chance the Mayor will veto this bill he courted so heavily and manipulated circumstances around so unethically.)

It seems like the king is holding court.

You can watch it LIVE on NY1 or catch it via their web site here.

Mr. Bloomberg is surrounded by six MEN, three on each side, and at this point we are hearing from City Council Members and other elected officials.