NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s the battle of the mayors.
Michael Bloomberg has offered an unprecedented challenge to his successor to slash union benefits — for the good of the city — even if it means he doesn’t get re-elected.
As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday, hizzoner’s meddling didn’t go well with the mayor-elect.
Mayors usually go quietly at the end of their term, but not so with Bloomberg. On Wednesday, he told incoming Bill de Blasio he will have a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to slash union health and pension benefits — and that he should ignore his own political allegiances and ambitions to do it.
“The future that most elected officials worry about is their own. Wining election — or reelection — is the goal around which everything else revolves. But we cannot afford for our elected officials to put their own futures ahead of the next generation’s and to continue perpetuating a labor-electoral complex that is undermining our collective future,” Bloomberg said.