As of Monday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has 500 days left in office, a political milestone that, perhaps understandably, will fly under most New Yorkers’ radar.
His staff, however, will need no reminder.
Bloomberg Encourages Staff to Watch the Clock
Mr. Bloomberg, who is obsessed with receiving up-to-the-minute data — and made his fortune selling it to Wall Street brokers — has become fixated on the Countdown, as it is known in City Hall, wielding it as a motivator and a warning.
Every day, aides print the number of his remaining days as mayor at the top of his speech cards, and Mr. Bloomberg recites it whenever, and wherever, possible.
For city employees who somehow miss the mayor’s ritual time readings, Mr. Bloomberg’s staff has helpfully installed large digital countdown clocks in at least 14 government offices. “Make every day count,” reads the label above most of the clocks.
And just how much did this micromanaging, useless nonsense cost us taxpayers?