Mayor Bloomberg Launches Campaign-Style Legacy Tour

A screen shot from the legacy website.

A screen shot from the new Bloomberg legacy website.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing for his exit with a victory lap touting his accomplishments over the past 12 years.

With only 15 days left until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s staff today announced a five-day, five-borough tour kicking off tomorrow “to highlight key Administration initiatives and success from throughout the last 12 years.”

“These events will highlight areas like parks, economic development, education, immigration, technology, transportation, infrastructure, livable cities, housing, crime, public health and the arts,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said in a “T-Minus 15 Days” memo sent to “colleagues inside and outside the Administration,” as well as reporters. 

On Wednesday, the mayor will give his last major speech as mayor at the Economic Club “on the rise of American cities, the strategies needed to continue urban progress and the threats cities face.”

To help boost the effort, Mr. Bloomberg’s staff have also launched a new campaign-style website touting Mr. Bloomberg’s “record of progress,” including accomplishments like adding 850 new acres of parkland, the city’s record-low crime rate, and the city’s new bike share program.

“Since he was first elected mayor in 2001, just weeks after the attacks of 9/11, Mike Bloomberg has built an extraordinary record of progress,” boasts the page, which is hosted on the mayor’s person site. “Mike Bloomberg has made New York the safest big city in the nation.”

Mr. Wolfson also touted the administration’s work assisting with the transition, which he said is priority number one.

“First and foremost the Mayor remains committed to proceeding with the successful transition to Mayor Elect de Blasio. Deputy Mayors and Commissioners will continue their ongoing briefings and conversations with the Mayor Elect’s team to ensure that the new Mayor is ready to take office on January 1 with as much assistance and information as possible,” he wrote.

See the full memo below:

As we hit the T-Minus 15 day mark, I wanted to update you on the final two weeks of Mayor Bloomberg’s term.

First and foremost the Mayor remains committed to proceeding with the successful transition to Mayor Elect de Blasio. Deputy Mayors and Commissioners will continue their ongoing briefings and conversations with the Mayor Elect’s team to ensure that the new Mayor is ready to take office on January 1 with as much assistance and information as possible.

Starting tomorrow the Mayor will visit each of the five boroughs over the next five days to highlight key Administration initiatives and success from throughout the last 12 years. These events will highlight areas like parks, economic development, education, immigration, technology, transportation, infrastructure, livable cities, housing, crime, public health and the arts.

Wednesday he will give a major speech – his last as Mayor – at the Economic Club on the rise of American cities, the strategies needed to continue urban progress and the threats cities face.

The Mayor has also created a website at http://progress.mikebloomberg.com to highlight his record. Please take a look.

We look forward to serving you for the next 15 days and thank you for your interest.