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Bloomberg: Mayors Should Not Live In Gracie Mansion

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks on Coney Island - Brooklyn, NY - Feb 28, 2012 (credit: Spencer T Tucker / Mayor's Office)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (credit: Spencer T Tucker / Mayor’s Office)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some strong opinions about where the mayor of New York City should live, and he wasn’t shy about expressing them on Tuesday.

Bloomberg firmly believes that mayors should not live at Gracie Mansion, which is known as the official residence of the mayor of New York. The multi-billionaire mayor, who lives in his own mansion on East 79th Street, has not slept one night in Gracie Mansion since he was elected.

WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reports

The Independent says mayors don’t need a housing allowance.

“Now [ex-New York City mayor] Ed Koch, who I respect and love, he said ‘It’s a great house,’ Bloomberg said. “It is a great house. I just disagree with him. It’s a great house for everybody, not for one family.”

As it stands, the mayor appreciates and takes pride in the fact that city agencies and non-profit organizations hold gatherings there.

“It should be used as we use it now,” Bloomberg said. “There are events every day at Gracie Mansion throughout the whole house. If a mayor’s family is living there, then most of that house — a good half of it — is just not available. If a mayor lives there, then what they’re doing is costing this city a lot more money and depriving the rest of the city of one of the great facilities any city has.”

As Bloomberg put it plainly, it’s simply wrong to take one of the great houses in New York from the public.

Do you agree with Bloomberg? If you were the mayor, would you set up shop at Gracie Mansion? Sound off with your comments below…

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