The newly sworn public advocate and comptroller wasted no time in using their new posts to send the Bloomberg administration a message that they intend to take on City Hall whenever necessary. In fact, they made that loud and clear during their inaugural speeches – with Mayor Michael Bloomberg sitting right there!
Of course, there was no way that Pol Position was going to get an invitation to attend the highly exclusive inaugural event for Bloomberg, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Comptroller John Liu at City Hall, but we made sure to chum up with somebody who did get invited to the event (suck-up!) so that we made sure to get a firsthand, behind-the-scenes account of all the goings-on.
According to our source, de Blasio was the more critical of the two, pointing the finger at the Bloomberg administration for failing to create enough affordable housing for the city and freezing parents out of their children's education under mayoral control of the school.
When asked about de Blasio's rhetoric a few days later, the mayor would only say that he thought Bill “gave a great speech.” Judicious.
But de Blasio wasn't done yet, and on Monday he announced plans to turn the oft-sleepy public advocate's office into a veritable grassroots wrecking ball to be unleashed on City Hall. (slow down Bill, the voters didn't elect Norman Siegel! Take some time to get your desk situated and find the good restaurants near your new digs.) De Blasio announced that the new-and-improved office under his watch would troll the city teaching residents to organize, petition, and take on City Hall.
Liu was a little more democratic, but still pledged to be a watchdog of the utmost scrutiny, holding the city accountable, and even took a shot at no-bid contracts, which are a favorite of the Bloomberg-run Department of Education.
But really, who cares about all of that boring stuff...what about the bold-faced names! Well, actually, in the crowd of approximately 2,500 people, there weren't any bold-faced name worth mentioning. First term: Way to go, let's all celebrate! Second term: You're doing a great job, you have our support! Third term: Is there anything good on the food channel today?
Speaking of food, according to our source the pickings were pretty slim aside from a muffin stuffed inside the swag bag (which was really just a bunch of city brochures, i.e. propaganda) and small shots of hot apple cider in ceremonial Inaugural 2010 mugs. Wow, talk about belt-tightening.