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Yesterday was a day for Bloomberg administration exit interviews on Road to City Hall. Outgoing officials dropping by the show’s set were: the city’s corporation counsel, Michael Cardozo, commissioner of the Department of Investigation, Rose Gill Hearn, and commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services, Robert Doar.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an exit interview to The New York Times: “As for his tight control of the department? He looks pained. ‘You can’t win,’ he says. ‘Obviously, in a quasi-military organization, you need an ultimate decision maker.’ Mention racial profiling and Mr. Kelly’s eyes narrow.” He also spoke to the Daily News.

The New York Post editorial board gave their own send-off to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The opening: “Today is Mike Bloomberg’s final day as mayor. So we make this confession: He surprised us.” The conclusion: “So on this, Bloomberg’s last day in office, The Post says simply: Thank you, Mr. Mayor. You did New York proud.”

Bill de Blasio has “an announcement” to make at 1 p.m. today, but unless he unveils a small army of new commissioner appointments, he’s on track to break some slowness records. “The topic of speediness is a sensitive one for Mr. de Blasio, who has been described by former colleagues as being unusually unhurried in his decision-making,” the Times wrote today.

Mr. de Blasio found time yesterday morning to openly boost Melissa Mark-Viverito‘s speaker candidacy, however. The mayor-elect showed up at one of her events and reportedly spoke 20 or 25 minutes on her behalf. “He was very emphatic about history being made–the first Latina elected official in the city of New York,” one attendee told Capital New York

New York magazine looked at the future of affordability in the city, arguing Mr. de Blasio’s universal pre-K vow–“usually been considered a dreamy political nonstarter”–and promised expansion of affordable housing “suggests that the new mayor understands something about the nature of reform in New York, that it is … essentially physical, a matter of space.”

Gatemouth took his final pass at the detailed election returns from November, looking at write-in results and places where various candidates did unexpectedly well. 

Here’s video, via, of Mr. de Blasio reacting to a kid falling off the stage yesterday.

And here’s video, via Jacob Kornbluh, of Mr. de Blasio teaching kids about the Revolutionary War:

Morning Read: ‘Obviously, in a Quasi-Military Organization’