NYC improved under Bloomberg, final mayor’s assessment finds

In Mayor Michael Bloomberg's three administrations, city services mostly improved, according to his final Mayor's Management Report.  Credit: Getty Images
In Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three administrations, city services mostly improved, according to his final Mayor’s Management Report.
Credit: Getty Images

In recent weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has off-handedly noted the dwindling days in his administration.

“I have it written down,” he joked at an East Harlem public school last Monday after citing the figure.

With around 100 days left, his administration released an annual report examining the city’s performance in the last fiscal year and during Bloomberg’s three terms.

“We have worked as hard as we can for 12 years; the results are out there,” Bloomberg said at the same event last week. “They’re not just touchy-feely. There’s real numbers behind most of them.”

Indeed, nearly two-thirds of what his office dubs “critical indictors” have shown improvement or maintained performance since the start of his administration, according to Bloomberg’s final Mayor’s Management Report released Friday.

Major crime and traffic fatalities have both decreased since 2001. The number students graduating from public schools and adult literacy has increased. Street cleanliness is also up and more people are visiting the city than ever before.

“New York City services have shown constant improvement over the last 12 years despite multiple economic downturns and operational challenges like Hurricane Sandy that have tested our talented and dedicated workforce,” Bloomberg said in a statement on the report.

Still, complaints of police misconduct and noise have both increased in Bloomberg’s tenure. Over 1.8 million New Yorkers applied for food stamps this year, a 124 percent increase since 2001. And the number of sheltered homeless is at its highest point since the city began counting in the early 1980s.

Required for the last 35 years, the Mayor’s Management Report helps evaluate how every agency and some 300,000 city employees are performing.

“During this administration we have drilled down even deeper to measure more,” Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway said in a statement.

The report also notes improvements — and some setbacks — in the last year. Here are a few of them:

The Good (FY 2012 to FY 2013)

  • Citywide greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 149.8 percent
  • Fire fatalities decreased 32.8 percent
  • Traffic fatalities for motorists and passengers decreased 19.1 percent
  • Traffic fatalities for bicyclists and pedestrians decreased 4.5 percent
  • Major felony crime in public schools decreased 13.9 percent
  • Average children in foster care decreased 6.4 percent

The Bad (FY 2012 to FY 2013)

  • Average emergency response time to structural fires and serious crimes in progress both increased 6 seconds
  • Crimes against persons and property in the largest 30 parks (not including Central Park) increased by 23.1 percent
  • Library attendance decreased 7.6 percent
  • Sheltered homeless has increased 18.7 percent
  • Number of New York adults who smoke increased .7 percent
  • Filled potholes increased by 20.4 percent (likely Hurricane Sandy-related, the report notes)

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