In his annual Management Report released Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg says life in the city continues to improve, but is being met with criticism from his opponent. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg admits that times are tough, but insists the city is going a long way towards easing the burdens of its citizens. As proof, he pointed to his own report card, the Mayor's Management Report, released Tuesday at City Hall.
"Despite economic hardship and shrinking city resources, we are helping New Yorkers that are in need in ways that I don't think any other big city is," Bloomberg said.
The mayor's office says the report monitored the performance of each city agency including public safety, quality of life, education, human services, health and economy -- all based on calls to 311 and its own numbers crunching.
According to the findings, crime continues to go down all over the city and english and math scores improved for third to eighth graders.
But the report also detailed a nagging problem in reducing average class size almost across the board, an increase in the number of homeless families in city shelters and a continuing rise in unemployment. All of the numbers cited are said to be in line with national trends.
"I'm sure there's something that's going up that you can write a column about," Bloomberg said. "The bottom line is there's always things that are going to be going in the wrong direction, over the long term, if they continue to go in the wrong direction, then it's a serious thing."
Bloomberg's opponent in the mayoral race, City Comptroller Bill Thompson, says it's a serious thing now and pointed out some of the negatives in the report.
"Mayor Bloomberg needs to get out of City Hall and talk to the people of New York City," Thompson said. "We're looking at the highest unemployment rate in 16 years. We're looking at unemployment in the African-American community that has skyrocketed in the last year. We're looking at people losing their homes and their jobs across the city, we're looking at a city that is struggling, and Mike Bloomberg says everything's great, everything's fabulous, and this is a a wonderful city. As I said, this is almost Bloombergland where this is no reality, the mayor needs to get real."
Bloomberg responded by saying the city is coming out of its slump and insists he's the man to lead the charge for another four years.