Report: Traffic Accidents, Fatal Fires Down in New York City

September 22, 2013

New York City’s annual report card says the number of residents killed in traffic accidents plunged considerably over the last year.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s management report said on Sept. 20 that in the fiscal year ending in June, 261 people were killed in traffic accidents. That’s down from 291 in the previous 12 months.

The report said 3,180 people were considered homeless in fiscal year 2012, down from 3,261 the year before. That is still up considerably from 2,328 five years ago.

The report largely paints a rosy picture of city life, despite the chaos and damage inflicted last fall by Superstorm Sandy.

Though major felony crime increased by 0.7 percent, murder fell 22 percent to 369 people. And the number of people killed in fires dropped from 70 to 47.

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