Billionaire Bloomy needs you to volunteer for his campaign

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Mike Bloomberg wants YOU — to volunteer for his race for a third term.

To make it easier, the billionaire mayor opened campaign offices in all five boroughs last weekend, christening his cramped Brooklyn space on Atlantic Avenue on Sunday.

Hizzoner chatted with fans in front of the storefront, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, before heading inside to whip up campaign workers with a speech that stuck to his achievements in office.

Outside, he met Boerum Hill resident David Burney and his border terrier, Mungo, who had a “Mike Bloomberg NYC” sticker on her head.

“She loves Bloomberg,” Burney said. “She was very happy that term limits were changed.”

Burney, of course, has one good reason to like the mayor: the mayor is his boss (Burney is head of the Department of Design and Construction — though he didn’t say that to a reporter).

The mayor’s retail office is nearly equidistant from the administra­tion’s two main Brooklyn obsessions: Atlantic Yards (which it hopes will get built) and the Brooklyn House of Detention (which it hopes to reopen and double in capacity). A campaign spokeswoman said the location was picked solely because it was centrally located and near major transit routes.

“We want the volunteers to be able to get hear easily,” said the spokeswoman, Silvia Alvarez.

As in the past, Bloomberg has said he will not accept campaign donations, but is welcoming volunteers to donate their time.

Bloomberg for Mayor campaign office (535 Atlantic Ave., between Third and Fourth avenues in Boerum Hill).

Updated 5:44 pm, April 2, 2009: Updated to include a key detail: Who, exactly, David Burney is.
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Reasonable discourse

Dav from Brooklyn says:
MIKE. We had an enough from you! Its time to step down and leave the job for somebody else younger than you.
You are too old for this job!! You do not deserve to serve us anymore. At the business world you are great businessmen
To run the city he is a total failure!!a person with no feelings. MESSAGE: Mike Just look for a real job will you…
March 30, 2009, 1:57 pm
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
Your time is up, playboy.Term Limits is what the people want! Maybe you can go run GM.
March 30, 2009, 3:02 pm
William Harris from Boerum Hill says:
So glad this man loves NYC so much he wants another term. But voters have already said NO twice before, in referendums. With all his money and talent, might one not charitably suggest that he search out other projects where his skills could be more impactful. His act is getting a little stale as it gets more auto-cratic. And as a Republican! After Rudy and
Bushie I would rather cut off my whatever. In two words: "no thanks."
March 31, 2009, 9:53 am
Charles from PS says:
Anyone volunteering for Bloomberg should take a good look in the mirror and ask: Am I just a tool of the rich and powerful? Only small people would be foolish enough enable a man who has swept away the vote of the people. Volunteers of Bloomberg, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
March 31, 2009, 10:36 am
Sam from Bay Ridge says:
I agree with all the above. Volunteer for a billionaire to press his elitist agenda? No thanks.

We must vote this fool out of office along with his 29 cronies that backed him in the Council. Join our group on Facebook to dump these 29, especially Bloomie's right hand lackey Speaker Quinn.

Election 09-Defeat Bloomberg, Quinn, and 28 Others Voting Against Democracy
March 31, 2009, 12:22 pm
niel from Bed-Stuy says:
How else do you think he was able to go from $4bil to $20bil as mayor. I voted for him last time cause all in all he did do a decent job. I won't this time because I can't support anyone who change the rules (term limits) in the middle of the game. This just reminds too much of the big babies I've played pick-up games with in the parks.
March 31, 2009, 12:32 pm
Steve from Bushwick says:
Pause for a moment to think of just how asinine it is that the mayor has begun his campaign (unfortunately, he is unlikely to face serious opposition, although this makes it that much more asinine) in March, a full seven months before the election. Why? Doesn't he have any mayoral responsibilities? Our democracy is way off the tracks.
April 1, 2009, 5:25 pm

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