From the Neighborhood Retail Alliance:
As our friend Steve Null on the Newgeography blog points out, the Bloomberg legacy for small business is basically an epitaph: "Mayor Michael Bloomberg owes 200,000 small business owners an apology. When Michael Bloomberg was first elected Mayor of New York City in 2001, the city’s small business owners were hopeful and confident that finally a successful businessman would be creating the city’s economic policy."
But what has happened since is a litany of betrayal: "The small business community anticipated that Bloomberg’s first change would be to appoint a small business owner as Commissioner of Small Businesses. What did they get instead? Rob Walsh.
Walsh, for his part, hasn't disappointed his critics; and as Bloomberg's lackey has presided over a neighborhood retail calamity: "During the last full four years under Bloomberg, 2005-2008, 27,809 warrants were issued to evict, with about 83,000 small businesses forced to close. Since the successful businessman Bloomberg took office, around 152,964 small businesses have been forced to go out of business."
Which is precisely why the city and the state have the worst business climate in the country: "New York ranks dead last in the country for its economic outlook, falling from the 49th spot last year, according to a new report by a national group representing state legislators...The report bases New York’s low ranking in part on high taxes, low wages and the quality of the state’s legal system."
But Bloomberg is essential for the city's economic recovery-and we need to over turn referendums in order to be able to once again benefit from his tough leadership in hard times?
The record doesn't demonstrate this; and his re-election campaign is a complete fraud.