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New Bedford mayor touts city improvements, criticizes media during address

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell delivered his State of the City address Thursday, March 9, 2017. (WJAR)

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell delivered his State of the City address Thursday.

During the wide-ranging speech, which lasted nearly an hour, the mayor insisted that New Bedford is on the right track.

He touted seemingly everything about the city, from the unemployment rate, to visitors at the zoo.

"New Bedford is engineering one of America’s most remarkable urban turnarounds,” he said.

Mitchell also attacked the media, claiming the press is fixated on crime stories.

"The lead story on certain media outlets is crime -- almost on a daily basis," he said.

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