Bloomberg: Successor Shouldn't Live in Gracie Mansion

The mayor says using it as a residence would reduce the number of official city events that could be held there

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 2:02 PM EDT
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg says his successor should not live in Gracie Mansion — long the official Manhattan residence of New York mayors.

The city's current billionaire mayor said Tuesday that using the Upper East Side mansion as a residence would reduce the number of official city events that can be held there.

Bloomberg says that moving the events to rental spaces would burden the city with unnecessary costs.

The mayor's comments come after the Wall Street Journal quoted mayoral candidates Bill Thompson and Tom Allon as saying they planned to move to Gracie Mansion if elected.

City Comptroller John Liu also said he would move in if given the chance.

Bloomberg lives in his private Upper East Side townhouse.

His successor is to be elected in 2013.

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