Mayor Michael Bloomberg looked back on his 12 years running the city in his final radio address before leaving office on Sunday.
The mayor has spoken to the city more than 600 times through his weekly radio program. The broadcast took place on 1010 WINS.
In his final address, Bloomberg gave a heartfelt thanks to New Yorkers for the chance to run the city and said it was an “honor and privilege.”
“You took a chance on me in the dark days after 9/11 when our future was uncertain and our hearts were heavy,” he said.
Mayor Bloomberg had promised to be a “results oriented” mayor and not to be beholden to special interests, and he said that he had worked every day of his three terms to achieve those goals.
Bloomberg touted the lower crime rate as well as the revitalization of city neighborhoods and parks since he became mayor. He said that even controversial decisions such as the smoking ban were made with an eye to what was best for city dwellers.
“Every day over the last 12 years, I’ve awakened thinking of how to make our city stronger and safer, healthier and greener, freer and fairer, more just and compassionate, more forward and innovative looking with more opportunity for all,” he said. “On Wednesday morning I’ll wake up and smile knowing that we did everything we could to achieve those goals.”