FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON LONDON MAYORAL ELECTION
"Earlier tonight, I called Boris Johnson to congratulate him on being elected Mayor of London. It's very common to paint New York and London as competitors. While there is some truth to that, the reality - like most things in life - is far more complex. In fact, both cities are facing increasing global competition from emerging financial centers that requires each of us not only to sharpen our competitive advantages, but to make it easier for companies and business leaders to cross the Atlantic - or else they will go elsewhere.
"Mayor-elect Johnson built his campaign on addressing
many of the intractable issues we've been tackling in innovative ways in New
York: building a more environmentally-sustainable city, creating incentives for
private developers to build affordable housing, improving bus service and other
forms of mass transit, driving crime down, and improving public health. I
enjoyed meeting Boris when I was in London last fall, and I look forward to
meeting with him again when I will be in London on Friday and starting work
together on the issues we share."
Stu Loeser / John Gallagher (212) 788-2958