Last year, a Fordham-sponsored conference on former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure brought together several of his administration’s all-stars. Taped for posterity, the conference kicked off an ongoing and unique video archive to be housed at Fordham University.

“This is an oral history from the Bloomberg administration’s key players and it can be used for research,” said Tom Dunne, Fordham’s vice president for administration.

On May 28 at 8:30 a.m., the latest installment of Fordham’s Oral Archive on Governance in New York City: The Bloomberg Years will feature William Cunningham, the former communications director, and Haeda Mihaltses, FCRH ’86, GSAS ’94, the former director of intergovernmental affairs. William Baker, PhD, the Claudio Acquaviva Chair in the Graduate School of Education, will moderate the conversation at the Corrigan Conference Center on the Lincoln Center campus.

Cunningham helped shape the media outreach of Mayor Bloomberg’s office and of more than 50 city agencies. Mihaltses coordinated the city’s relationship with the federal, state, and city governments.

The two will discuss some of the most significant moments of the Bloomberg administration, including: the 2001 election, the post-9/11 residential tax hike (as well as its eventual retraction), mayoral control of schools, the cigarette ban, citywide rezoning, overturning of term limits, and the responses to Hurricane Sandy.

The event is free and open to the public.


Tom Stoelker is senior staff writer and visual media coordinator for Fordham News. After fifteen years as a freelance designer, Tom shifted his focus to writing and photography. He graduated from Lehman College, CUNY where he majored in English literature and photography and he received his master's in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal, and The Architect's Newspaper, where he was associate editor.