Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that when Bill de Blasio takes over, he is not going to criticize the new mayor from the sidelines, and he's even refraining from weighing in on the mayor-elect's top appointments made this week, though he did speak with de Blasio's first two major hires Friday morning. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on his way out, and he says that he wants to avoid second guessing the team on its way in.
"I will not ever criticize or get involved. New mayors don't need that," Bloomberg said. "I'm going to focus on lots of new things that will not step on or impact the decisions that the next administration makes."
Bloomberg says that he spoke Friday morning with mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's incoming police commissioner, William Bratton, and first deputy mayor Anthony Shorris.
"Shorris used to work for our administration. Really good guy," Bloomberg said. "And Bratton, I've known for a very long time."
The mayor says that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will ensure there is a smooth transition with Bratton. A spokesman for the department says that de Blasio's team will be given space inside police headquarters to work on the transition.
An earlier report, which the spokesman denied, said that the mayor-elect's team would be stuck in a trailer outside One Police Plaza. Bratton was asked about the report on Thursday. He joked that the trailer would actually be an improvement from his last NYPD transition 20 years ago, when he had to work out of a building where extra city supplies were stored.
"Basically, my office was, to get to it, you had to go through a lot of stacked desks and chairs that were surplus property," Bratton said. "At least this time, I'm at Police Plaza."
Transitions can be dicey, and this one is already different than Bloomberg's in one significant way. When Bloomberg entered City Hall, he did so after he was endorsed by his predecessor, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, but unlike Giuliani, Bloomberg stayed out of the race to replace him, and de Blasio won after casting himself as the candidate who offered the cleanest break from the Bloomberg years.
Bloomberg, though, insists that he wants his successor to take the city to new heights.
"People keep saying, 'Oh, we're going to miss you,' and I keep thinking to myself, 'If they miss me, then we didn't do a good job,'" Bloomberg said.
Either way, it is a job that is almost over.