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Big Apple, Big Impacts: 3 NYC Mayors Who Have Made a Difference


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New York’s known for being the city of dreamers, the city that never sleeps, and even the center of the universe. The big city goes by many names, and almost every American has heard of it.

It takes a strong, serious, and confident person to lead and represent the city. Below, we break down the three most influential mayors of New York. Keep reading to get the full scoop.

1. Michael Bloomberg

Rarely does a former politician continue to be popular with his constituents. Michael Bloomberg still has his former voters begging him to run again, though!

This former three-term mayor of New York is now a 77-year-old billionaire. He’s got strong opinions about politics, the climate, and gun control that have evolved.

In the beginning, Bloomberg got elected as a Republican. During his tenure, he switched to the Democratic and then Independent party. Here are some of the most notable things he achieved while he was in office:

  • Established a dedicated telephone line for citizens to contact the city
  • Passed legislation allowing himself to run for a third term
  • Removed offices at City Hall and replaced them with cubicles
  • Focused attention on data collection and analysis
  • Restricted smoking
  • Rewrote zoning laws
  • Declining crime rates and jail population

Now, hundreds of fans are begging Bloomberg to run for president. Despite the massive support, Bloomberg has declined to run in 2020.

We’ll see what the future holds, but there’s a good chance this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Bloomberg in politics.

2. Fiorello Laguardia

Fiorello Laguardia was mayor of New York during some of the worst times in American history. He served during the bulk of WWII and in the Great Depression.

Laguardia’s bright spirit and character were exactly what New York needed at the time. Here are some of the things he’s remembered for:

  • Taking entire orphanages to baseball games
  • Taking over the duties of other public officials when needed
  • Reading the news over the radio when newspapers went on strike
  • Support for the women’s suffrage movement
  • Campaigned against child labor
  • Restricted the court’s ability to ban strikes
  • Strong opposition towards Nazis and Nazi sympathizers
  • Expanded social welfare services
  • Started a low-cost housing program

This mayor’s compassion and empathy won over the hearts of every New Yorker. He was the first mayor to get elected for three terms in a row.

3. Ed Koch

Ed Koch is yet another NYC mayor who served three-terms. Beginning in 1978, his reign helped restore the city’s spirit. Here’s what he did:

  • Made major investments into restoring abandoned housing
  • Rehabilitated city parks
  • Cleaned up the city’s subway graffiti
  • Passed legislation that limited candidate’s spending

Koch passed away in 2013, but his legacy remains.

Top Three Influential Mayors of New York

These three mayors of New York are all well-regarded for good reason. They were influential, popular, and beneficial to their constituents.

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