Even a billionaire ex-mayor of major city must do something to keep busy when the bustle is over - teach, speak, create a new foundation, take a long vacation. That’s not what former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has in mind, however.
Now three weeks out of office, and he’s already back at work at the Manhattan headquarters of Bloomberg News, working from a desk on the fifth floor. Mr. Bloomberg is also showing up at every daily news meeting in recent days to have his say, and weigh in on the big stories. Those meetings begin at 7:30 a.m., incidentally.
“Mr. Bloomberg’s dive back into the news side of the organization has not only caught employees by surprise, but it has also worried some that the division’s editorial independence could be called into question,” points out New York Times media writer Nathaniel Popper.
“There’s a discussion of the ethics of it,” a current Bloomberg employee told the paper. “There’s this feeling that no one is there to say no to him.”
Mr. Bloomberg left office with some interesting numbers, meanwhile. A Quinnipiac University poll of New York City voters released Friday revealed that 63 percent said he improved their town and that his 12-year tenure running the city was a success.
But they were not so keen on his instinct to nanny. Another 57 percent wanted newly minted Mayor Bill DeBlasio to abandon Mr. Bloomberg’s idea to ban oversize portions of sugary sodas, while half felt the same way about bike-lane expansion — another Bloomberg-iand idea.