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Bloomberg Says He Will Not Endorse NYC Mayoral Candidate

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will not endorse any candidate to replace him in the upcoming election.

On his WOR radio show Friday morning, Bloomberg says he wants to spend his last days in office working to help the city, and make a smooth transition for his successor.

"I have two goals for the next 109 days. First is to continue the services that New Yorkers expect from their government.  Second is to make sure that we have a world class transition," said Bloomberg. "It's really important to the next mayor that they have the tools, they have to know where everything is, what status it's in, and which buttons to push, and how to keep it going, particularly at the beginning as they get a team together and that team gets some experience."

Bloomberg said he does not want to do anything to complicate the transition to a new mayor.

"That's one of the reasons I've decided I'm just not going to make an endorsement in the race," he said. "I've never been a partisan guy, as you know."

There was speculation throughout the Democratic primary race that Bloomberg would endorse Christine Quinn for mayor, but she lost the Democratic primary Tuesday, finishing in third place.

Bloomberg has been highly critical of Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio but has decided not to endorse Republican Joseph Lhota.

Lhota was a former deputy mayor for Rudolph Giuliani, whose backing of Bloomberg in 2001 was considered to be a key to his election that year.

Bloomberg's announcement comes as his legacy has been getting dragged through the mud by the Democrats looking to replace him.

De Blasio and Lhota say they represent a change from the Bloomberg years.

De Blasio laughed when asked if he was disappointed the mayor is not endorsing.

"I was waiting by the phone, Jim," he joked.

De Blasio is not officially the Democratic nominee for mayor yet. There are still close to 70,000 paper ballots that need to be counted, and the second-place Democratic finisher, William Thompson, is refusing to throw in the towel.

Paper and absentee ballots are expected to be counted next week.

The campaign finance board says a runoff appears unlikely at this point and is not giving
Thompson or de Blasio any public matching funds.

De Blasio is trying to make light of the situation.

"Do I look like a guy who's in limbo?" he said Friday

He was in Cobble Hill Friday to celebrate a court ruling that keeps Long Island College Hospital open and calls the state's process for closing hospitals unconstitutionally vague.

The ruling is a win for de Blasio. He has tried to position himself in this campaign as the candidate fighting hardest to keep the city's struggling hospitals open.

Lhota is shifting his focus to the general election. He said he is in favor of creating a universal pre-kindergarten program, as de Blasio has proposed, but he slammed de Blasio's plan to pay for it by raising taxes.

"We are the highest taxed city in the United States of America. We do not need to raise taxes any longer," Lhota said on WPIX-TV. "We have the money within the budget to pay for universal pre-k."

Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis, meanwhile, announced that he is dropping out of the general election. He had planned to run on two third-party lines in November.

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