Wolfson takes to the Twittersphere to defend the Bloomberg administration
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg is under attack, one trusty weapon in Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson’s arsenal is the tweet.
Wolfson, Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for government affairs and communications, has been garnering attention in recent months for taking to the Twittersphere to go after the administration’s critics, from elected officials like Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to journalists and news outlets like The New York Times.
“I think it has the benefit of being unfiltered and immediate, and those are two things that are difficult to find elsewhere,” Wolfson said of his use of Twitter. “Although it limits one to 140 characters, it does give you the freedom to say what you want to say, when you want to say it and speak directly to the audience that is following you.”
Wolfson, who has been tweeting for several years as @howiewolf, said he used the social media website during the 2009 Bloomberg campaign to engage Bill Thompson, the mayor’s Democratic challenger. And like many Twitter users, he regularly mixes in his outside interests (Major League Baseball, Bruce Springsteen) with work-related matters (proposed soda size restrictions, bike lanes).
Here’s a selection of his Twitter exchanges.
In May Wolfson and de Blasio clashed over the city budget and a new website the public advocate launched that pushes back against teacher layoffs.
Bill de Blasio RT
@nydailynews Public Advocate launches new website that lets parents protest planned teacher la…nydn.us/kogrRI #savenycteachers
Must have missed the site protesting state Ed cuts @BilldeBlasio @nydailynews PA’s new website to protest ed layoffs. nydn.us/kogrRI
Also in May, Councilman David Greenfield called attention to the administration’s opposition to requiring bike helmets while pushing soda size restrictions.
@NYCGreenfield bike lanes save lives. Do you support them?
@NYCGreenfield best way to save cyclists lives is to expand bike lanes – More cyclists and separation from cars way to go. Join us!
In mid-June Wolfson tweeted back and forth with journalist Nick Rizzo over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies.
In January Wolfson got into a spat with The New York Times and its metro editor, Carolyn Ryan, after the newspaper revealed that a poster from the city’s health department depicting a man with diabetes was altered to make it appear that he had lost a leg.
@carolynryan story was more focused on ads integrity than efficacy – yet correlation btwn sugar drinks and obesity/diabetes is a fact
@howiewolf Of course. The photo suggests- vividly – if you drink soda, you lose your leg. Turned out city-not diabetes-sawed off guy’s leg.
My grandmother lost a leg to diabetes. She would not have appeared in an ad. Doesn’t make her loss less real to have it depicted by another
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