Mayor Bloomberg's Sense of Humor

The Manhattan District Attorney is predicting 1,000 arrests per day during the Convention. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is starting off Convention week with a light-hearted humor. How long will he keep it up? We'll track his comments periodically as the week progresses to see. So far, so good, but we're still in the pre-game period.

  • "The city also has developed the Peaceful Political Activists program, where protesters who wear a special button or present a savings card will be given discounts such as $5 off admission at the Museum of Sex or up to 30 percent off at a restaurant. "It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach," Mayor Bloomberg said last week."
  • On visitors to Central Park Sunday: ""We welcome people to the park, and hopefully the weather will be good," Mr. Bloomberg said. "There's a lot of people in the park - there's roughly a quarter of a million people in the park on a normal Sunday afternoon - and this will just add to that. So it will be crowded but it will be a lot of fun."

After some protesters were arrested today following a police officer's fall through a skylight (after protesters warned him it was cracked) the tide may be turning:

  • "If somebody wants to break the law, they're going to find that the N.Y.P.D. is going to enforce the law." "They're going to be arrested, and Bob Morgenthau, our district attorney, is going to prosecute them and take it very seriously," he said. "

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