VIDEO: Mayor makes stop in Ridgewood
by Shane Miller
Jun 05, 2009 | 4071 views | 1 1 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Jun 04 09 - 08:53 PM

Tests scores are up, crime is down, and he likes working for you, even if it only pays $1.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a stop at a meeting of the Ridgewood Property Owners organization this past Thursday night and gave a brief speech on the state of the city, area schools, and crime in the 104th Precinct.

The mayor made little mention of his bid for a third term, but it was clear that he was trying to paint a picture of New York City that has made positive gains under his watch – even with the recent economic downturn. Bloomberg said that the city was the exception to the rule that when the economy goes south, crime goes up. Specifically, he noted that crime in the 104th Precinct – where the meeting took place – was down by 43 percent over the last three years.

The meeting was held at I.S. 93 in Ridgewood, which gave the mayor an opportunity to reiterate the recent improvements in math and reading scores among New York City schools since he was granted control of the education system by the state legislature - control that is set to expire this year. An extension of mayoral control is currently being debated in Albany.

The administration recently announced that city students had made significant gains in math test scores as compared with the rest of New York State, I.S. 93 students included. According to the mayor, three years ago just half of the students at the school had average math skills, while today 82 percent are at or exceed acceptable levels.

Bloomberg also told the crowd of about 150 that tourism in the city had only dropped by about 5 percent, and that New York City was in a unique position to weather the current economic downturn.

“If you like what’s in New York City, the only place you can get it is in New York City,” he said.

Click above to watch his 11-minute speech.

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