A sample from the Queens Gazette:
Since he took control of the public school system, the four-year high school graduation rate in New York City has increased by15.2 percentage points. The number of fourth-graders passing state reading exams is up by more than 20 percentage points and state math exams by more than 30 percentage points.
Sure they have.
Crime is down nearly 30 percent since Bloomberg took office. Never one to rest on his laurels, the mayor has continued to bring down crime another 12 percent so far this year, all the while proving that New Yorkers can, indeed, work and live together.
Crime is down because cops tell you not to report it.
A major contributing factor to a healthy city is open spaces. Since Bloomberg took office and led New York's greatest parks development and revitalization program in more than half a century, almost 500 acres of new parkland have been added and the city has plans to build eight new regional parks. Bloomberg's PlaNYC has as its ambitious goal ensuring that every New Yorker lives within a ten-minute walk of a park.
So you just take their talking points and present them as fact? Those "500 acres" consist mostly of the conversion of the Fresh Kills landfill and schoolyards being left open at night. How many new acres of actual parkland have been created in Queens?
Michael Bloomberg deserves the opportunity to set the finishing touches to his accomplishments in the eight years he has occupied the mayor's office. We urge all those eligible to vote in the September 15 primary to cast their ballot to ensure his name will be on the general election slate November 3. He has more than earned a place on the ballot for a third term.
Earned it? Or bought it?