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January 2nd, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Bloomberg aide: Inauguration speeches misrepresented mayor's record

(CNN) - Several speakers at de Blasio's inauguration Wednesday made pointed criticisms of Bloomberg's policies - one called the city's justice system "deeply Dickensian," another referred to the city as a "plantation" boasting "a gilded age of inequality.

"The mayor has heard worse," said Howard Wolfson, former deputy mayor under Bloomberg.

"What is important is to make sure that the facts are out there and to correct the record around much of what we accomplished in the last 12 years. In particular around criminal justice. People know that crime in New York City is at record lows," said Wolfson.

"What people don't know is we didn't accomplish that by locking people up. In fact, incarceration rates
were down over the last 12 years," said Wolfson.

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"When we talk about a Dickensian city, it's important to note we have today more private sector jobs in New York than any time in the city's history, and while poverty rose over the last decade in most other cities in the country, it remained flat here," said Wolfson.

For more of this interview, including 2016 talk on Wolfson's previous boss Hillary Clinton, watch the video above.

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