“He has made us greener, leaner and cleaner,” said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in a fawning introduction to Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City, who she later called “our wonderful, fabulous 108th mayor”.
In the first part of the speech, Bloomberg introduced a number of families that now live in Queens, but originally come from Colombia, China and Sicily. The mayor said that the diversity is what makes New York City, and America, great.
“That’s one of the messages I’ve been speaking out on. To those who are wailing against immigration, to those politicians who, all of a sudden, have embraced xenophobia, I say, ‘Open your eyes. Take a look behind me. This is what makes America great.'”