Potential 2013 Mayor Candidates Talk Up Platforms At State Of The City
Some of those eyeing a run for City Hall used the mayor's final State of the City address as a chance to talk up their own platforms. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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In his final State of the City address, the billionaire mayor implied that his administration was unlike any other.
"The special interests and campaign donors have never had less power than they've had over the past 11 years," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his speech Thursday.
With 10 months left in his tenure, the mayor said it is up to him to tackle the most politically challenging projects, like rezoning the area around Grand Central Terminal.
"Given all the politics and special interests, if we don't get it done this year, it may never get done," he said. "We just can't let that happen."
But some of his potential successors didn't see it that way.
"I think he is lost un the notion that he is the only person to lead New York City, and that's just historically ridiculous," said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
The mayor's speech gave some of those eyeing his job a chance to weigh in, defining their own candidacies for City Hall in the process.
"He has painted a very rosy picture of the city, but I think most New Yorkers would agree it's not all that rosy," said City Comptroller John Liu. "All of those numbers and statistics thrown out there, a lot omitted."
"The mayor has done a very good job of focusing his decisions, many of which I agree with, not all of them on the facts and the data and the statistics as he sees them and he interprets them," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. "And I hope and believe that that's the kind attitude that would continue at City Hall because that's what New Yorkers deserve."
It also provided an opportunity for them to hit back at each other.
"She wants to continue, almost without exception, Bloomberg policies, and I think today is another example of a speech that does not acknowledge the reality on the ground in our neighborhoods, that didn't account for a lot of the things we need to change," de Blasio said. "And if that's what she wants to run on, then that's her choice."
No matter what the mayor says, someone new will be taking this stage next year, along with the reins at City Hall, special interests or not.