The November 3rd election is over, but I hardly felt campaign efforts from the candidates. Right where we live, there was no single campaign banner or posters. The only indication of the past election were some TV ads, fliers on the mail, and the very annoying multiple phone calls from the team of Mayor Bloomberg.
Our third term able and reliable Mayor of New York burned his own money to fund his campaign. With a record setting, almost $100 million(according to reports) spent on his campaign, it was not a big wonder how he was able to automate all the phone calls which where strategically sent to NY residents weeks and days prior to November 3. On the day of the election, as early as 8:00 a.m. there was an automated call(the good Mayor’s voice on the line) reminding us to vote, and towards the end of the day before the polls closed there was another automated phone call (from Mayor Bloomberg again). Oh, and how can I forget a flier asking me to become one of the ‘women for Bloomberg.’
Mayors are only allowed two terms. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made history when he sought to change the term-limit and got the vote from the City Council. Thus, he was allowed to run for his third term.
Just like many new Yorkers, we expected big victory for the independent Bloomberg, but it was a hard-won victory as he only garnered 51% of the votes. The win made him the fourth mayor to win a third term in the city’s history.
Now, Michael Bloomberg has his work cut out for him. With the $5 billion budget deficit, and the rising unemployment rate which is now above the national average at 10.3% he has a tough job ahead of him.
I love Bloomberg, and I voted for him. I know he is not perfect, but who is?????