That's why this paper is backing Michael Bloomberg in 2009.
Bloomberg is a trusted independent thinker, a fact he has proven during his tenure in office. Those of us who remember an unsafe city and previous administrations know that most of our concerns, complaints, and sensible solutions to the city’s problems fell on deaf ears.
New Yorkers can’t argue with overall improvement in the quality of life here in the past eight years. Bloomberg has accomplished this through accountability - accountability with schools, police, and sanitation.
We point to one sensible program that few other mayors would dare try: 311.
Think about how difficult is was to get a pothole fixed 15 years ago. Now just call 311, like thousands of New Yorkers do every day.
How simple was that? A sensible program with action, results, and accountability built in.
Beyond that, he gets results. Crime is down across the city, and the mayor's willingness to take control of the city's schools has resulted in higher test scores and graduation rates.
A vote for Bloomberg is voting for a different kind of politician, an elected official who enters office without the baggage of partisan politics or political favors.
If you want to keep New York City moving forward, give Michael Bloomberg four more years in office.