To the tune of what’s become an anthem of New York City, “Empire State of Mind,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the podium at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center Thursday, delivering his 12th and final State of the City address. He took on Congress, continuing his fight for stricter gun laws and immigration reform.
While he touted his accomplishments — murders and shootings at record lows and also a burst of job creation — the mayor that took on smoking, transfats and supersized soft drinks said he’s waging a new war against Styrofoam, proposing a ban in restaurants and shops on such containers.
“It’s not just terrible for the environment it’s terrible for the tax payers,” Bloomberg said. “I think is something we can do without.”
The mayor also says he wants the city to be more electric car friendly, saying he’s pushing to install curbside electric car chargers.
He wants up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces in private developments electric car ready. The goal is to create 10,000 electric car spaces over the next seven years.