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Bloomberg praises his administration in final radio address

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference in the Blue Room at City Hall in Manhattan. (Dec. 12, 2013) Credit: Charles Eckert

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday thanked New Yorkers in his final weekly radio address for the "honor and privilege of serving you for 12 years."

The billionaire independent said he had, upon taking office, pledged to "always do what I believed was right, no matter which way the political winds were blowing."

"I've worked every day to keep it," he said of the promise.

The message was Bloomberg's 601st Sunday mayoral address on WINS/1010. At midnight Tuesday, Bill de Blasio will take over as New York City's 109th mayor.

Bloomberg is to attend de Blasio's ceremonial swearing-in Wednesday at noon. He said he would wake up Wednesday "and smile" knowing his team did all it could to improve New York City.

Bloomberg, who inherited a city shaken by the 9/11 terror attacks, spoke Sunday about his record of lowering the murder rate, raising high school graduation rates, job creation, and park and waterfront revitalization.

He signed off as he has done every week: "This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening."

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