Michael Bloomberg hosts Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio at CityLab

Michael bloomberg bill de blasio citylab
Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio at CityLab Tuesday, a summit on urban ideas shaping the future of major metropolitan areas.
Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In an event filled with symbolism—and some peacemaking—Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio at a summit on urban ideas.

“I hope the next administration will be so successful,” Bloomberg said Tuesday at CityLab, a three-day summit featuring conversations on economic development, infrastructure and technology, among other topics.

At the summit, Lhota and de Blasio laid out their vision for the city during speeches and conversations with Walter Isaacson, who heads the Aspen Institute, an organization that put on CityLab with The Atlantic magazine and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

After a glowing introduction from Bloomberg, who praised the former MTA chairman’s preparations to the transit system before Superstorm Sandy, Lhota said he supported charter schools as an innovative approach to education reform.

During their speeches, Lhota and de Blasio both stressed income inequality as one of the biggest issues facing New York City.

“Mayors want to treat everyone equally. Unfortunately we’re born equal but we don’t end up that way,” Lhota told Isaacson, noting that expanding the economy with job creation was the best way to combat the disparity.

De Blasio said that income inequality could best be addressed with education reform, specifically with universal pre-kindergarten, which he would pay for using a modest tax increase for wealthy New Yorkers.

“A strong economy depends on a better educated workforce,” de Blasio told Isaacson.

In introducing de Blasio, who has made a point of criticizing many of the mayor’s policies throughout the election, Bloomberg said he and the public advocate “don’t always see eye-to-eye” but that they shared a smiler stance on the smoking ban, climate change and gun control.

De Blasio, also putting politics aside, lauded Bloomberg’s innovative ideas.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio's New…

It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers…

National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

Music

polyphonic

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…