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.READ MORE: New York City Rolls Out $100 Incentive For Getting Vaccinated As CDC Report Warns Delta Variant As Contagious As Chicken Pox
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“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.”READ MORE: Broadway Vaccine Mandate: Audiences Must Be Vaccinated And Masked; Performers, Crew And Staff Required To Be Vaccinated
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.MORE NEWS: Man Suffers Broken Nose In Alleged Anti-Asian Attack At Midtown Subway Station
Do you agree with Bloomberg? If you were the mayor, would you set up shop at Gracie Mansion? Sound off with your comments below…