Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his last preliminary budget briefing and, well, the term-limited mayor reminisced a little about his last year in elected office.
“You know, there’s almost nothing that I have done, including–” Mr. Bloomberg began after a reporter asked if he was going to miss preliminary budget announcements, pivoting to change his thought. “Yesterday, somebody said to me, ‘Aren’t you glad that’s the last time you’re going to have to testify in Albany?’ No, I thought that was a unique opportunity to represent the city.”
Mr. Bloomberg then looked more broadly at his record, as well as the country, and reflected on the honor of public service.
“I’d be hard-pressed to come up with anything that I’ve had to do in the last 11 years and almost 1 month that I didn’t enjoy [and] look at as a challenge,” he quickly added. “If I had to do it all over again, yeah, sometimes you’d bet on a different lottery number, you’d zig instead of zag. But fundamentally, I think this city is the most wonderful city in the world as I think this country is. And we’ve had a real opportunity to make a difference, whether it’s infrastructure or education or providing services to those who aren’t as lucky as other people and investing in all parts of the city. It’s been great to do it.”
The mayor seemed to realize that it was a little early for a farewell address and proceeded to point to the final year of his term, where he argued he’ll get even more accomplished than in previous years.
“Incidentally, this is maybe the wrong speech because I’ve got 336 days to work as hard as I can. We’re going to get an awful lot done in the next 336 days. I think it’s fair to say that in all 3 terms that we’ve had, we’ve done more in the last year in the last year,” he said. “And that continues. If you just think of the number of different things we’re getting going here, we’ve got to get a few more things going which would be great. We’re working on a new soccer stadium, as you know. We’re working on this and we’re working on that. … We’ll hopefully have started a lot of those projects. And then we’ll leave it to our successors to do it.”