NYC: United We Stand

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In a few hours, on the steps of City Hall, I will be inaugurated for another term as mayor.  I’ve been entrusted with an enormous responsibility—and I’ll do my best to live up to it.
The start of a new year, and a new term, is a good time to look back on what we’ve achieved, and also look forward to what we still need to accomplish. We all remember how uncertain our city’s future seemed four years ago.  But out of the pain of our city’s worst tragedy, New Yorkers came together, and we have stayed together. 
Over the last four years we’ve learned that we are, after all, one city, one people, with one common destiny.  And together, we’ve achieved more than anyone ever thought possible.   Now, that same spirit of unity must continue to guide us through the challenges that lie ahead. United, we can make the safest big city in the nation even safer—especially by working in Albany, in Washington, and with leaders in other states and cities to end the flow of deadly firearms into New York.
United, we can continue to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers, and maintain a fiscally responsible City government without losing the compassion that defines our city.
United, we can transform the face of New York with new parks, new affordable housing, and new hope in communities across our city. 
United, we can quicken the pace of redevelopment in Lower Manhattan, so that it once again excites the imagination and admiration of people all over the world.
 United, we can create more jobs in all five boroughs, and move thousands more New Yorkers from the dependency of welfare to the dignity of work.
And united, we can continue to lead our public schools forward, and give all our children the first-rate education that is their fundamental right.
We can do all this and more.  Because time and again, through blizzards, a blackout, and most recently through a transit strike that could well have shut our city down, New Yorkers have shown that we can solve any problem when we set our self-interest aside, and put our common interests first. Four years ago, I pledged to govern our city without partisanship or prejudice.  I’m renewing that commitment to you today.  New Yorkers deserve a City government of independence and integrity, one that doesn’t sidestep the hard choices, and one that always puts the interests of the people first.  That’s what I’ll strive to give for four more years.  

Bloomberg is mayor of New York City.

Black Star News Editor’s Note: Nice remarks. But Mayor Bloomberg should have thought twice before he referred to the striking African American and Latino Transit workers as “thugs.�

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