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It will be interesting in this election to see where new yorkers come to place their emphasis.
Perhaps the ultimate test of bloomberg's success as a mayor in the area of public health may not actually be the impact of his policies on the ground, but more importantly in the heads and minds of the dwellers/voters.
Achievements on the ground attained merely by force of law rather than conviction of mind may not outlast bloomberg whilst such as are truly due to having seen the light (public health speaking) will be an enduring legacy to shape not only the next electoral emphasis and therefore results but even more importantly the level of cooperation to be expected for the next generations of mayor in any attempt to consolidate or even expand gained grounds in any public health indices.
In short the electoral emphasis may turn out to be a measure of how much bloomberg succeeded in changing a 'mindset', not just a 'city set'