Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sworn in for his controversial third term. Becoming the fourth mayor in New York City history to deliver three inaugural addresses, this billionaire must now face the possibility that New Yorkers are a bit tired of him. The City Council received much criticism for its vote to change the term limits law, and Bloomberg only pulled out a narrow victory over Bill Thompson.
Although he has received wide public support during his mayoral career, Bloomberg is now presented with the task of forcing New Yorkers to cut back as he deals with the struggling economy. A strong advocate for educational reform through essentially getting rid of "bad" teachers based on student performance, he will also have to deal with a new set of city councilmembers, many of whom advocate much more parent involvement in school board decisions. For the next few years, Bloomberg can be sure that his decisions will be scrutinized, and his actions dissected, because he needs to show New York that he deserved a third term. Congratulations, Mayor Bloomberg, and just keep in mind that a fourth term is out of the question!