Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that the city has reduced by 21 percent the number of garages where it repairs 25,000 city vehicles, from police cars to sanitation trucks. He made the announcement at the 158th Street garage, which used to service only Department of Transportation vehicles but now repairs vehicles from several city agencies.
The efficiency program also includes some city workers renting Zipcars for $5 an hour . These programs will save the city some $240 million without layoffs, noted a proud Bloomberg who has two more months to finalize his legacy.
When asked what he wants New Yorkers to remember about his mayoralty, he mentioned the increase in life expectancy. His ban on smoking was a key factor in raising New Yorkers' life expectancy. The mayor also noted the reduction in crime and changes to the public school education, improved business, and same-sex marriage.
Bloomberg noted when he became mayor in 2002 the city was reeling from the 9/11 attacks, followed by the dot-com bust, and then the recession of 2008.
During the Democratic primary, Bloomberg got bashed for huge property tax hikes and fines, changing the city charter to run for a third term, the unconstitutional stop and frisk and the growing gap between rich and poor. But few say Bloomberg did not change the city he has led for 12 years.