Mayor Bloomberg begins legacy tour

Mayor Bloomberg's proposed large soda ban is part of his legacy. AP photo

Associated Press

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12 years in office is down to its final two weeks.

The outgoing mayor is kicking off a legacy tour Tuesday with a stop to open an ice skating rink in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

He pivoted to tout his administration's $5 billion commitment to parks, which includes 870 acres of parkland created.

He boasted that Brooklyn's crime rate has plummeted while its economy has improved.

He also offered a prickly defense of his homeless policies in the wake of a New York Times series about a homeless 12-year-old girl.

Over the next four days, Bloomberg will visit the city's four other boroughs.

His final speech as mayor will be Wednesday at The Economic Club of New York.

December 17, 2013 - 1:45pm



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