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Bloomberg: The NYPD Is 'My Own Army'


What a town! Bloomberg's right, though. In September, NYPD Comissioner Ray Kelly told CBS News that his police force could take down an airplane "in a very extreme situation." We don't know by what means, of course.

Bloomberg went on to say that cities and mayors -- unlike politicians in the beltway -- can actually get things done.

"The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level," Bloomberg said. "The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems, you deal with picking up the garbage."

The Observer reports that Bloomberg's speech at times seemed to flirt with the idea of a White House bid, an ambition the three-term mayor has long denied.

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