Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
New York City is still the safest big city in the country, but it continues to face challenges with unemployment and homeless. Those are among the highlights in the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report released on Friday.
According to the City Charter, the Mayor's Office must report on the performance of city agencies twice a year. The document offers a snapshot of the city in the first four months of the 2013 fiscal year, from July through October.
Among the most startling statistics — unemployment from July through October was 9.7 percent, higher than the same period a year ago. And it's also well above the national average of 8 percent.
The report also says there's been an uptick in major felony crime — most notably among grand larcenies and rapes. However, crime in schools has gone down. And New York still remains the safest large city in the country.
Average response time by FDNY increased by 8 seconds, but the City attributes that to Sandy-related incidents.
The City also saw an increase in the average number of families and adults in homeless shelters compared to the same period in Fiscal Year 2012.
On the bright side, the city's quality of life indicators, including clean streets and parks, both saw improvements. And the city also reduced the amount of time it takes to respond to noise complaints.
The final Mayor's Management Report covering the full 2013 fiscal year will be released in the fall.