Wednesday, November 14

ByKevin Sheekey

New York Is a Genuine Tech Hub (and That Was Before Amazon) (New York Times)
The rise of New York’s tech sector, businesspeople and technologists agree, owes a debt to former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He pushed initiatives to make the New York economy less dependent on finance and championed tech programs and education — a long-term campaign to upgrade the technical skills of the city’s work force, whose progress enhanced New York’s appeal to Amazon.

Mike Bloomberg Charts Aggressive Timeline on 2020 Bid (Associated Press)
“I don’t think anybody has done more on the environment, on gun safety, on immigration, go right down the list,” Bloomberg told the Associated Press. “I was the one who stood up for gay marriage long before it became popular. I was the one at the national convention who said Trump was a con man. If you find anybody that’s done more on these issues than I have, and the people that I’ve been lucky enough to work with, please give me a call. I’d like to hire ’em.”

Theresa May Defends Her Brexit Deal, Saying It Protects Economy (Bloomberg)

Hot on the Bloomberg:
Billionaire Steve Cohen Says Bear Market Coming Within Two Years

Crude’s Collapse Is Sending Shockwaves Across Global Markets (Bloomberg)
Investors have gone from contemplating the prospect of oil at $100 to sub-$50 in less than two months.

Key Midterm Contests in Florida and Georgia Remain Mired in Uncertainty Amid Expanding Legal Fights over Ballot Counts (Washington Post)

Doctors Revolt After N.R.A. Tells Them to ‘Stay in Their Lane’ on Gun Policy (New York Times)
Bronx-based Dr. Marianne Haughey responded to the NRA on Twitter, writing, “I see no one from the @nra next to me in the trauma bay as I have cared for victims of gun violence for the past 25 years.” More than 35,000 people in the United States are killed in firearm-related deaths every year, according to an annual average compiled from C.D.C. data by Everytown for Gun Safety.

Juul Temporarily Stops Selling Flavored E-Cigarettes in Stores (Business Insider)
Over the summer, San Francisco banned the sale of flavored e-cigs and menthol cigarettes. Several big names, including Mike Bloomberg, expressed support for the ban, suggesting it could spur similar moves in other cities. “This vote should embolden other cities and states to act, because it demonstrates the public will not allow tobacco companies to stand in the way of policies that are proven to reduce smoking and save lives,” he said in a statement.

How Two of America’s Wealthiest Philanthropists Are Teaming Up to Protect the Oceans (Inside Philanthropy)
Mike Bloomberg and Ray Dalio have formed a partnership that includes a combined $185 million pledged to oceans work over the next four years.

Making New Friends: Bloomberg Fetes 110-year-old Woman with Flowers (Daily News)
If Mike Bloomberg does run for President in 2020, one person likely to be in his corner is a 110-year-old woman from Queens who gets flowers on her birthday every year from the former mayor. Ruth Weyl celebrated her birthday Nov. 6, surrounded by friends, family and more bouquets than a flower show, including blossoms sent by Bloomberg himself. “Dear Ruth: Happy 110th Best always, Mike.”

Best of late night.

“I read that New York street food vendors are going to get letter grades from the health inspectors starting next month. Which means we all have 30 more days to enjoy hot dogs for the very last time.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“That’s right. Health inspectors will give New York street food vendors letter grades, so if you see a streetcar with the letters A, B or C, that’s just the type of hepatitis you’ll get.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“After a yearlong search that drew interest from hundreds of cities across the country, Amazon has announced the location of their brand-new second headquarters will be split between New York City and Northern Virginia. And I gotta say, I really think this could be the thing that finally puts New York on the map.”
— James Corden

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