NYC Report: Murders Down, Homelessness Up

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday released his first self-report card of his administration, showing the number of homicides down even as the overall crime rate increased slightly. FDNY’s response times to fires and medical emergencies remained stable but the number of homeless adults moving into city shelters went up.

The Mayor’s Management Report is an annual snapshot of city operations. It covers the fiscal year, which runs from July 2013 to June 2014. De Blasio took office January 1. Prior to that, the city was led by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The city, which has benefited from improved local economy, has avoided layoffs that would impact services.