Calling his narrow defeat by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year a "fluke," Mark Green says he's often urged to return to public office.
And while he insists he has made no decision about a 2005 rematch or a rumored bid the following year for state attorney general, the former public advocate seems happy to encourage speculation.
After studying the executive budget proposal released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week, Jewish social service groups are giving his administration high marks for heeding their concerns about the city's elderly.
Refusing to "glorify" an "organization that uses violence," Mayor Michael Bloomberg excluded diplomats from the Palestinian Authority from a Gracie Mansion concert recital Tuesday.
"Given the fact that the mayor has been outspoken in his criticism of both [Yasir] Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, he felt the city should not be glorifying an organization that uses violence as a political tool," said Bloomberg spokesman Ed Skyler.
Most politicians tend to play up their friends in high places. Simcha Felder seems to downplay them.
When asked about his cozy relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Brooklyn councilman simply says, "A lot of people have good relationships with the mayor."
But a lot of people weren't invited by Bloomberg to fly to Israel this week on his private jet. Felder is one of 10 Jewish members of the City Council, but the only one making the trip.
In the midst of pushing a plan that could boost the significance of ethnic affiliations over party labels, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning his first official visit to Israel.
Bloomberg, a Jewish Republican sinking ever deeper in the polls, plans to visit the Jewish state this fall, around the same time a Charter Review Commission will decide whether to hold a referendum to eliminate party affiliations in city elections.
After a year as the unlikeliest mayor in New York history, Michael Bloomberg, whose wealth would make him a formidable contender for almost any other office, says he'll end his political career once his stint in City Hall is over.
"This is it for me," Bloomberg told The Jewish Week. "My next career will be running a private foundation, which I will create, and I'm looking forward to that."
Edmond Levy walked into his 93rd Street polling place on the Upper West Side with a strong sense of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's record.
"He's done so much for the city," said Levy, 35, carrying a steaming cup of Starbucks coffee as he headed to cast his vote in the final hours of Election Day.
Levy, who works in real estate sales and management, praised the mayor for "rezoning parts of the city to increase development and creating additional jobs for employers." He added, "Whatever he is doing is on the right track."
It should have been no surprise that Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose to make his first campaign appearance with his predecessor, Rudolph Giuliani, at a breakfast to which more than 1,000 Jews had been invited at the Hyatt last Friday.
By packing the room with Jews, a great number of them Orthodox, Bloomberg was assured a hearty and enthusiastic response from a crowd that was enamored of him and his fellow Republican and erstwhile chief executive.
Did "1,200 members of the Jewish community" endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election at a breakfast last Friday? The mayor's campaign Web site claims they did.
Not so fast, say some of the attendees: leaders of national and local Jewish organizations that, as nonprofits, are prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service from making political endorsements. Many of the groups also bar officials from giving their personal nods.
Whether or not politics was involved, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision this week to inform the public of a terror threat that was later discredited shifted the focus of the fast-moving campaign to security issues.