24 Facts About Mayor Michael Bloomberg

1. In 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a Healthy Communities Leadership Award from Leadership for Healthy Communities—a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program—for his policies and programs that increase access to healthful foods and physical activity options in the city.

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2. In 2014, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Harvard University in recognition of his public service and leadership in the world of business.

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3. In 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was chosen as the inaugural laureate of the Genesis Prize, a $1-million award to be presented annually for Jewish values.

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4. In 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a Healthy Communities Leadership Award from Leadership for Healthy Communities—a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program—for his policies and programs that increase access to healthful foods and physical activity options in the city.

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5. In June 2014, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the speaker for Williams College's 2014 commencement.

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6. In May 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the speaker for Princeton University's 2011 baccalaureate service.

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7. In May 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Pennsylvania, where he delivered the commencement speech to the class of 2008.

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8. On March 22, 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his foundation was pledging $220 million over four years in the fight against global tobacco use.

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9. In July 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $24 million initiative to fund "Innovation Delivery Teams" in five cities.

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10. In 1996, Mayor Michael Bloomberg endowed the William Henry Bloomberg Professorship at Harvard with a $3 million gift in honor of his father, who died in 1963, saying, "throughout his life, he recognized the importance of reaching out to the nonprofit sector to help better the welfare of the entire community.

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11. In 2013 it was reported that Mayor Michael Bloomberg had donated $109.24 million in 556 grants and 61 countries to campaigns against tobacco.

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12. In September 2014, Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened with Ban and global leaders at the UN Climate Summit to announce definite actions to fight climate change in 2015.

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13. In January 2014, Mayor Michael Bloomberg began a five-year commitment totaling $53 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Vibrant Oceans Initiative.

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14. In July 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $50 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies to Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, allowing the campaign to expand its efforts to shut down coal-fired power plants from 15 states to 45 states.

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15. In June 2018, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made plans to give $80 million to support Democratic congressional candidates in the 2018 election, with the goal of flipping control of the Republican-controlled House to Democrats.

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16. In July 2016, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in which he called Hillary Clinton "the right choice.

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17. On June 19, 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party, filing as an independent after a speech criticizing the current political climate in Washington.

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18. On February 27, 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he would not run for president in 2008, and that he would endorse a candidate who takes an independent and non-partisan approach.

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19. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated on his weekly WABC radio show that illegal immigration does not strain the financial resources of New York City, since many immigrants are hard working and "do not avail themselves of services until their situation is dire".

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20. On September 26, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that his administration's air pollution reduction efforts had resulted in the best air quality in New York City in more than 50 years.

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21. In 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened the New York City Panel on Climate Change, an effort to prepare the city for climate change.

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22. In October 2007, as part of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the Million Trees NYC initiative, which aimed to plant and care for one million trees throughout the city in the next decade.

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23. On September 13, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he would not endorse any of the candidates to succeed him.

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24. In late 2004 or early 2005, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Independence Party of New York $250,000 to fund a phone bank seeking to recruit volunteers for his re-election campaign.

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