NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Bloomberg has walked out of New York City Hall as mayor for the last time.
Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, served 12 years in office. His term ends at midnight as 2014 begins.
He walked down the steps of City Hall at 5:11 p.m. Wednesday to the cheers of hundreds of staffers and well-wishers.
Smiling broadly and waving, he thanked the crowd and wished people a Happy New Year.
Bloomberg said, "If I wasn't happy today, I don't know when I would be happy."
With a final wave, he then walked to the subway. He will be celebrating New Year's with family and friends.
Bloomberg will return to City Hall Wednesday afternoon for the first time as a former mayor as he attends the inauguration of his successor, Bill de Blasio.