Michael Bloomberg has had a pretty good run as mayor of New York -- and that would have been a fair statement four years ago, before the city changed its term-limit law and handed him a third term.
Since he took office on Jan. 1, 2002, not three months after the 9/11 attack destroyed the World Trade Center, he has presided over a renaissance of commerce, industry and the arts.
An important part of this legacy is New York's visitor industry, which is doing about as well as it ever has. The statistics were bundled up last week by NYC and Company, the city's tourism promotion body, in a document titled "New York City Tourism: A Model for Success."
In addition to serving as a nice summary of what has been accomplished in recent years, the report is unabashedly a plea to the next administration to -- how can we put this? -- not screw things up.
Or as NYC and Company put it, the report seeks to "impress upon our current and future elected officials the importance of supporting and maintaining the substantial progress that has been made."
We don't believe anybody is going to run for Bloomberg's job on a platform of throwing the hospitality industry under the bus, but there's always a danger that a new administration might take things for granted, so we'll second the motion.