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Mayor Bloomberg's 12 Most Controversial Policies

Mayor Bloomberg has attempted to implement a number of controversial policies during his 12 years as mayor of NYC. These are the 12 most polarizing policies that will shape Bloomberg's legacy

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    SMOKING BANS: In 2002, Bloomberg banned smoking in restaurants and bars. In 2011 he banned smoking in most outdoor areas. In 2013 Bloomberg banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 Photo Credit: Getty Images/Daniel Barry
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    OVERHAUL OF NYC'S SCHOOL SYSTEM: In 2002 as a part of Bloomberg's plan to overhaul NYC's school system, he transitioned authority of the school system from state government to the city Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt
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    TRANS FAT BAN: In 2005, NYC became the first city to force restaurants to phase out artificial trans fats Photo Credit: Getty Images/EMMANUEL DUNAND
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    BIKE LANES: Since 2006 more than 600 bike lane miles have been put in citywide Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt
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    PEDESTRIAN PLAZAS: As a part of a program launched in 2007, over 50 pedestrian plazas have been placed in the city's five boroughs Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mario Tama
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    CALORIE COUNTING: In 2008, Bloomberg made NYC the first city to require food service providers to display calorie counts on menus Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt
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    CONGESTION PRICING: In 2008 Bloomberg tried and failed to pass a bill that would have charged New Yorkers an $8 fee when entering and leaving Manhattan between business hours Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt
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    TERM LIMITS REVISION: In 2008, with the help of the City Council, Bloomberg overturned the term limits passed into law so he could run for a third four-year term as mayor of NYC Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt
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    RESTAURANT LETTER GRADING SYSTEM: NYC started handing out letter grades to restaurants in 2010, with restaurants being required to post their grades in a visible area Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mario Tama
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    STOP-AND-FRISK: Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly credit the city's lower crime rates to Stop and Frisk, but opponents claim the policy leads to racial profiling Photo Credit: Getty Images/Andrew Burton
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    LARGE SODA BAN: Bloomberg attempted to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, but it was blocked by a judge this year Photo Credit: Getty Images/Allison Joyce
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    CITI BIKE SHARING PROGRAM: Implemented in 2013, the Citi Bike sharing program has been hailed as a success by many with over 3.2 million trips in the program's first 100 days Photo Credit: Getty Images/STAN HONDA
 
 

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