Mayor says he’s not interested in bringing Olympics to NYC

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday put the brakes on any talk of bringing the 2024 Olympic Games to New York City.

Asked at a news conference in Queens Village about why he was opposed to mounting a bid for the Games, de Blasio said, “Look everyone’s noticed that we have a vigorous agenda here already. I’ve talked to others who tell how the Olympics have taken away from their plans with a lot of hidden costs.”

He went on to say that “many cities use the Olympics to brand themselves or rebrand like Putin” in a jab at the president of Russia, which just hosted the Winter Olympics.

“But we’re New York and we don’t need to do that,” de Blasio said.

The mayor made his comments after touring the A to Z Center in Queens Village, where he announced the creation of more than 10,000 new full-day. pre-K seats at community-based early childhood centers in every borough.

Posted 3:56 pm, May 30, 2014
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Philip McManus from Rockaway Park says:
The Olympics would create more jobs, improve transportation, create long term housing, create venues for more sports, bring more tourism and investments to our city and increase incomes, tax revenues and our population.

We should focus on expanding our transit system and reducing travel times so people could get to school and work faster. Can you believe some people think 20 mph speed limits in a great city is good for us? We need to save time and money and create social, economic, recreational and environmental opportunities for all the people asap. We need to expand our train system and reuse the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the Triboro RX and reopen every possible LIRR and subway station. The LIRR and Metro North fares should be the same as the subway fare, $2.50 within the City. We should increase mass transit options and use every roadway, waterway, highway, bridges and tunnels to reduce excessive, inefficient travel times. We need to enforce the laws with fairness. Everyone is responsible for their behavior, pedestrians, cyclist, and motorist.
May 31, 2014, 2:15 pm

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