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Halfway Into First Year in Office, Mayor Still Heavy on Bloomberg Criticism

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After running for office as the candidate who represented the clearest break from the Bloomberg years, Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing to govern in the same way. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

It is no secret that Mayor Bill de Blasio does not have a lot of love for his predecessor.

"The previous administration was given an artificially high level of credit for management," de Blasio said in February.

There are times where he has praised former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his record on public health and the environment, but more often New Yorkers hear de Blasio talk about the mess he says Bloomberg left him.

The criticism has not died down, despite the fact that the mayor is about to begin month eight of his first term.

This week, de Blasio kicked off a press conference about the death of Eric Garner by talking about the Bloomberg administration's record on police-community relations.

"For much of the previous 12 years there was a growing tension, a growing disconnect between police and community all over our city," de Blasio said.

He has hit Bloomberg repeatedly for letting city labor contracts expire.

"The last five years engendered such frustration," de Blasio said.

And his predecessor's record on Hurricane Sandy recovery has come under frequent fire as well.

Former Koch Administration official George Arzt says mayors can generally get away with criticizing their predecessor for about a year before the public gets fed up.

"Every mayor since time immemorial—with some rarities— have always attacked their predecessors, but there is a time that comes when you have to stop doing that," Arzt said.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio said: "The de Blasio Administration has, since day one, focused singularly on implementing substantive policy reforms that will make a real difference in the lives of everyday New Yorkers.“

If the criticism seems one-sided, that's because it is.

Former Bloomberg Administration aides declined to comment and since leaving office, former Mayor Bloomberg has kept quiet about the man who replaced him.

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