Mayor Bloomberg begins legacy tour

December 17, 2013 By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years in office is down to its final two weeks.

The outgoing mayor is kicking off a legacy tour Tuesday with a stop to open an ice skating rink in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

He pivoted to tout his administration’s $5 billion commitment to parks, which includes 870 acres of parkland created.

He boasted that Brooklyn’s crime rate has plummeted while its economy has improved.

He also offered a prickly defense of his homeless policies in the wake of a New York Times series about a homeless 12-year-old girl.

Over the next four days, Bloomberg will visit the city’s four other boroughs.

His final speech as mayor will be Wednesday at The Economic Club of New York.


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