NEW YORK (CBSNew York/AP) –– During his weekly radio show, Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared the secrets of his success, talked about tobacco legislation, and how he’s not surprised by the stop and frisk veto override.
On the topic of stop and frisk, the mayor said, “The fact that they overrode the veto wasn’t a surprise. It’s election year politicking rather than common sense in terms of what’s right for the city. The next mayor’s going to have to deal with whatever laws there are.”
“You have a right to go about your business without being unduly stopped, but society also has the right to live safely and not have to worry about looking over their shoulder or their kids getting shot.”
The mayor also penned an Op-Ed for the New York Times on Friday entitled, “Why Is Obama Caving On Tobacco?”
“To go ahead and to let tobacco companies destroy the laws that protect the public, which is what this legislation would do, is just such an outrage. It’s just hard to believe. The president must have not have seen this piece of legislation.”
Bloomberg was referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade agreement whose early early drafts included a “safe harbor” provision protecting nations that have adopted regulations on tobacco — like package warnings and advertising and marketing restrictions — because of “the unique status of tobacco products from a health and regulatory perspective.”
“For a president that campaigned on trying to improve public health, he’s just got to take a look at what his negotiators are doing and make sure they don’t do it. It’s up to the president — he sets the policy here.”
On a lighter note, when a caller asked him to explain his formula for success, Hizzoner said luck played a part too. “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” Bloomberg added.
Bloomberg said the key to success is to never stop learning, to take risks and to give back to society.
Bloomberg said he was always the first one in the office and last one to leave. He said you can’t control how smart or lucky you are but you can control how hard you work. He also said if you’re scared to take risks, you’re going to fit in with the crowd.
“Have the courage of your convictions and be consistent, but admit when you’re wrong.”
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