A thank you to the Bloomberg Administration

December 31st, 2013 marks Michael Bloomberg’s last day in office as Mayor of New York City.  A review of his 12-year tenure leaves no doubt of his profound positive impact on the City and the people who live here.

New York City is safer than we have ever been in recent memory: with crime rates at historic lows, nearly half as many murders as in 2001, and 216,000 fewer incarcerations over the past decade. 

We have set record highs in private sector employment with almost 4 million jobs in the five boroughs, with the majority of new jobs created outside of Manhattan.  The Applied Sciences NYC initiative will position us to surpass Silicon Valley as the global tech sector capital, bringing more jobs and investment for years to come. 

New Yorkers are living three years longer on average than in 2001, and embracing healthier lifestyles with fewer smokers and fewer sugary beverages consumed. 

The City also now has more than 650 new schools, including 175 charter schools, and high school graduation rates are up 42% since 2005. 

The Mayor made sustainability and fighting climate change a priority, and the City is now an exemplar for environmentally friendly urban areas.  PlaNYC 2030 stands as an unprecedented vision for a green future for the City and its incoming inhabitants.  As the nation’s most comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC represents the work of over 25 city agencies, and features over 400 milestones for the end of this year.  This collaboration led to the City’s air quality becoming the cleanest it has been in more than 50 years, the City is on track to reduce its carbon emissions by 30%, and more than 800 new acres of parkland have been added since 2001.

The Bloomberg Administration’s vision extended to infrastructure and the built environment as well.  Over the last three terms: almost 40% of the City has been rezoned, more than 175,000 units of affordable housing have been built or preserved since 2002 as part of the largest affordable housing program in the country, and entirely new neighborhoods have begun to sprout on Manhattan’s far west side, Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, and in Queen’s Hunter’s Point.  Mayor Bloomberg also created the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which made recommendations that helped guide the passage of a dozen new laws that will protect the City for decades to come.  We will also soon be able to use the first subway line expansion funded by the City in more than half a century, in addition to the newly created East River Ferry, Citi Bike system, and Green Boro Taxi initiative.

What is discussed above is only a partial list of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration.  For example, it does not focus on how deftly he handed the aftermath of 9/11 and the Great Recession.  In both instances, under his leadership, the City showed its resiliency.

The City owes Mayor Bloomberg and his staff a huge debt of gratitude for their service.

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