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Bloomberg Takes On Styrofoam, Soccer in Last Address

Address light on details for Queens, mayor mentions possible MLS stadium.

Up with soccer! Down with Styrofoam!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn Thursday. Details for Queens residents were pretty sparse. Ultimately, the mayor kept his eyes on the future — and on a handful of projects that are likely to meet with some resistance. 

In Queens, Bloomberg said, the city is going to try and find a home for a Major League Soccer franchise — and that means a new stadium.

"We'll work with Major League Soccer to bring soccer back to our city for the first time since the Cosmos left in 1977," Bloomberg said.

It's a plan that has already drawn a lot of harsh criticism from park advocates, who say the plan would be an environmental disaster. 

Bloomberg would cringe if he were called anything other than a crusader for the environment. Case in point: his latest project, banning Styrofoam food containers in the five boroughs.

"It's terrible for taxpayers. Styrofoam increases the cost of recycling by as much as $20 per ton, because it has to be removed," Bloomberg said. "Something that we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing taxpayers money, and that is easily replaceable, is something we can do without. So with Speaker Quinn and the City Council, we will work to adopt a law banning Styrofoam food packaging from our stores and restaurants. And don't worry: the doggie bag and the coffee cup will survive just fine."

What do you think of Bloomberg's final State of the City? Let us know in the comments.

BlueRick February 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Over-all I think that Mayor Bloomberg has been good for the City. BUT... his educational initiatives have done the NYC School System irreparable harm. The Charter schools may work sometimes but only because they have done what they should be doing in all NYC schools; cutting the class sizes and and increasing the teacher to student ratio. The system Mayor Bloomberg adopted here had already failed in two other major cities. It has fared no better here.
vincent smith February 15, 2013 at 09:05 PM
This mayor is really a schmuck.Glad he will be gone soon.Then we will have to deal with that criminal Quinn.
Robin Amy B February 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
great idea...it's not healthy for your food either...bring on the cardboard containers:)
BlueRick February 18, 2013 at 02:12 PM
It should also be noted that Mayor Bloomberg took the typical republican stance of trying to bust unions here in NYC...the Teachers Union and the School Bus Drivers Union to name but two. He also engineered and flaunted the law in running for a third term of office...and he has the personality of a fish.
Harriet Brown February 18, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I can't wait for him to be gone. Styrofoam ban??? Give me a break. If he is so smart let him figure out how to recycle it, We don't need major league soccer. Most Americans don't watch soccer. And, let him leave our parkland alone. What he has done to the schools, is disgraceful. How can he expect children to be respectful to their teachers, if he shows teachers such disrespect. This man just can't think of ordinary working peoplle as even human. What does he expect of school bus drivers and matrons??? When Marty Markowitz was introducing our dear mayor, I think he was drinking a large soda, larger than 16 ounces. I wish he had lit a cigarette.
vincent smith February 18, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Nicely said Harriet.
pcon February 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM
More "Americans" do watch and follow football, soccer as you call it, that you think !
Debra April 08, 2013 at 06:22 PM
But at what cost??? Will Napoleon Bloomberg take away homes of people by citing "eminate domain" in order to build this soccer field and parking facility?? Why not ust use the baseball parks of the Mets & Yankees & the NJ stadium instead? The only thing I can agree with him on is the styrofoam ban. It is toxic to foods and does not disentgrate. That is the ONLY thing I agree with this guy on....the rest is hogwash. He needs to pay more attention to crime in our streets. Can't wait till he is OUT!!!

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