Stinking Hipocrite Bloomberg


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Cool Hand Luke 22:36
February 8, 2004, 02:23 AM
Apparently he thinks NYC laws banning smoking in resturants, like NYC laws banning handguns, are only for the "little people" not for important folks like himself.

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THE SMOKING GUN
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/15435.htm
By MARSHA KRANES, STEFAN C. FRIEDMAN and TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS

Mayor Bloomberg turned a blind eye to widespread stogie-puffing at a black-tie gathering of Wall Street's exclusive Kappa Beta Phil society on Jan. 15.

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Noted Liberal RHINO Hypocrite Bloomberg-(Getty Images)

February 7, 2004 -- It's hard to imagine - butt-banning Mayor Bloomberg sitting passively at his table during a black-tie dinner while all around him smokers puff away on stogies.
But that's exactly what happened one recent evening in Manhattan when Hizzoner attended the annual gathering of Wall Street's exclusive Kappa Beta Phi society at the St. Regis Hotel.

The private event was held in the hotel's top-floor ballroom, which quickly became smoke-filled after cigars were passed out among the assembled titans of finance.

Of the 130 who attended the Jan. 15 gathering, dozens lit up - possibly as many as 50, one party-goer told The Post.

And Bloomberg - whose smoke police have cited Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and others for simply harboring empty ashtrays, and who boasts he regularly calls 311 to report potholes and litter-strewn lots - didn't raise a finger in protest.

"He condoned it," said a source who saw Bloomberg while the cigars were being smoked.

At the event, once described as "closer to La Cage aux Folles than a bankers convention," newly inducted members - including Bloomberg's companion, state banking superintendent Diane Taylor - performed raucous skits, making fun of themselves and the investment industry icons in the room.

Many spoofed disgraced former New York Stock Exchange head Richard Grasso, who was on hand laughing it up.

A City Hall aide acknowledged that Bloomberg was aware of the cigar-fest around him and didn't take any action, noting, "The mayor has seen violations before and doesn't take it upon himself to report them."

The aide said, "It's the Health Department's responsibility to issue tickets based on complaints and random inspections."

The mayor's apparent indifference to the mass violation of the city's tough anti-smoking law - which he considers one of his crowning accomplishments - drew outrage around the city. At the Drini Café on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, customer Jerry Ahmetaj fumed, "It makes me mad to know he's partying with smokers while the rest of us have to stand outside and freeze just to smoke a cigarette."

Nearby, at Enzo's Café, bartender Anna Gjegji called the mayor's inaction "very hypocritical."

"What a role model!" she grumbled.

At the Four Seasons in Manhattan, co-owner Julian Niccoli said, "It's the same old story - we cannot smoke, but they can. Different rules apply to different people."

City Health Department spokeswoman Sandra Mullin said the St. Regis "can expect an inspector in the near future."

Asked about the Kappa Beta Phi event, St. Regis spokeswoman Teresa Delaney said hotel officials had "no knowledge of smoking going on" at the dinner.

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Graystar
February 8, 2004, 08:48 AM
This isn't the first time. Bloomberg is a big believer in double standards. At a concert at the Great Lawn in Central Park, Bloomberg and others were sipping wine openly. This, of course is against the law. However Bloomberg commented that wine is okay. The law, apparently, wasn't meant for the well-to-do sitting at Central Park listening to a concert. It was meant for beer-drinking not-so-well-to-doers at the beach. This guy was such a mistake. He has no idea what his responsibilities are.

No, I didn't vote for him.

Cool Hand Luke 22:36
February 8, 2004, 02:38 PM
This guy was such a mistake. He has no idea what his responsibilities are.

Agreed. The city would have been better off with some other relacement for Guliani.

El Tejon
February 8, 2004, 02:42 PM
Laws are for thee, not for me, serf. Now back to your ox and plough!:D

another okie
February 8, 2004, 02:45 PM
I don't know what the law provides, but possibly a private function such as that dinner is not subject to the law, whereas a public bar or restaurant open to the public is. Or, considering the wine thing, maybe he's just a hypocrite.

7.62FullMetalJacket
February 8, 2004, 03:05 PM
public bar or restaurant open to the public

And therein lies the rub. Private property. These businesses are PRIVATE, not public. The business owner must have the ability to set policy, not the govt. Public facilities are those that are owned and operated by the govt.

Don Gwinn
February 9, 2004, 12:49 AM
"Well, you see, Sam, the Boss don't hold with smoking nor with beer--leastways, not for anyone but the Boss's men."

Hey, if it can happen in the Shire. . . . .

MrAcheson
February 9, 2004, 11:20 AM
He was smoking a stogie at a meeting of a private society? Note the "private" label. I'd wager that this makes it ok, since an open bar is "public" but a closed meeting is "private".

Jonesy9
February 9, 2004, 11:33 AM
come on. what's a few illegal Cuban cigars amongst the elite? laws do not apply to them, they should be able to smoke wherever they want.

7.62FullMetalJacket
February 9, 2004, 12:23 PM
Reiterate. A "public restaraunt or bar" is a private enterprise. They are not public entities. As a warning, let us examine the "private clubs" where persons are alleged to have been discriminated against. Freedom of association is a private, not a public matter. Bloomberg made smoking (or name your activity here) illegal for everyday joe, to the point of confiscating ashtrays, but allows the activity for the well-to-do. That is, the serfs be damned. Hypocrisy.

another okie
February 10, 2004, 10:05 PM
I am using "public" to mean "open to the public." Places that are open to the public are subject to many more laws than places which are not open to the public. Even property not open to the public is subject to some laws - it's not ok to commit murder there. A private club or a restaurant closed for a private function is different than a restaurant open to anyone who wanders in. I am not advocating that state of affairs, just describing it, so spare me any lectures on Locke's theory of property rights.

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