In a contradiction of departing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years in office, as crime plummeted, public criticism of his anti-crime efforts soared, says the New York Daily News. On Bloomberg's watch, homicides plunged to the lowest levels since Elvis Presley played “The Ed Sullivan Show.” City law enforcement, still reeling from the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, foiled repeated terrorist attempts. The crime-busting mayor came under harsh attack for the Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which was blasted for racially profiling blacks and Hispanics. He took hits for police surveillance of the Muslim community after 9/11.
“The bottom line is, crime is down to 1950s levels,” said Tom Reppetto, a police historian and the former head of the Citizens Crime Commission. “Sixteen or more terrorist plots with no successes. The only problematic question is his relationship with the community. For a long time, he was a very popular mayor. But a lot of people got angry when he got a third term.” Bloomberg's last year was marked by his resolute defense of stop-and-frisk despite growing public clamor over the tactic. The billionaire businessman, as one might expect, pointed to the bottom line: 7,500 lives saved during his administration. Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union praised Bloomberg for his unbending stance on the need for gun control. “But he also leaves us a very divided city on matters of policy — the out-of-control stop-and-frisk tactics that had a devastating effect on communities of color,” she said.