It's been a rough winter for Bloomy. It got off to a really bad start for Hizzoner when the city completely botched a holiday blizzard, leaving the five boroughs virtually paralyzed for days. Things only got hotter for the mayor when he refused to answer questions about whether or not he was even in the city during the blizzard and its aftermath tending to business, or if he was actually “maxin' and relaxin'” in the warm breezy climate of Bermuda, where he owns a home, while the rest of us were freezing our butts off.
And just recently, the mayor put his foot in his mouth in a big way,when he tried to make a joke about the stereotype that all Irish are drunks. His quote from the New York Post:
"I live in the neighborhood, right around the corner," he said of his Upper East Side town house that is near the St. Patrick's Day Parade route. "Normally when I walk by this building, there are a bunch of people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window. I know that's a stereotype about the Irish, but nevertheless we Jews around the corner think this."
Um...we're waiting for the punch line; not really sure what the "joke" is there. And despite a public apology to New York City's Irish-American community, some are speculating the the mayor might even hear a few Bronx Cheers when he marches up Fifth Avenue in this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is just around the corner.
And yesterday, the same New York Post reported that, while the mayor was threatening to layoff thousands of city employees and teachers, he created a $110,000-a-year job in the Human Resources Administration for the girlfriend of Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, a political ally.
Joan Cusack used to have a job with the state Crime Victims Board, but lost that post when the agency went out of business. She then landed a job with HRA in a new position that was freshly created, and for which no other candidates were interviewed for the job save for herself. Just a little fishy.
Now a lot of the editorial boards that were lining up to support the mayor for a third term are starting to turn on him, criticizing the mayor's heavy-handed style (some going so far as to bandy about the word "dictator") on issues such as school closings and smoking.
Bloomberg could have retired to a life of philanthropy when his popularity in the city was at its highest. Sure, there were a lot of people who had issues with Bloomberg, but if he had left after a second term, he likely would have been remembered as one of the greatest mayors the city of New York has ever had, if only for the sheer task of leading the city through the aftermath of September 11. Instead, it looks like he's got a rocky three more years ahead of him that could potentially ruin his legacy.