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Bloomberg adviser comes to his defense after de Blasio inauguration

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cheered

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cheered as he leaves City Hall for the last time as mayor in Manhattan. (Dec. 31, 2013) Credit: Charles Eckert

One of Michael Bloomberg's top advisers during his administration came to his defense Thursday after several speakers took shots at the former mayor during Mayor Bill de Blasio's inauguration.

"Everyone will have an opinion about the Bloomberg mayoralty and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think it's important at least to be talking from a common set of facts," former Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show."

Singer Harry Belafonte and Public Advocate Leticia James both accused Bloomberg of ignoring the needs of the poor; supporting stop and frisk; and looking out for upper class New Yorkers first.

Wolfson pointed out that the city decreased its incarceration rate and actually did make efforts to create more affordable housing and help the poor.

"We have the most private sector jobs in the city's history today," Wolfson said.

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