As Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years in office come to a close, he’s been making thank-you calls to the families of city workers who died on duty.

In the Bloomberg administration’s final weeks, New York City’s Law Department has been actively trying to settle some of its longest-running court battles and, where that has failed, to at least put its stamp on significant legal cases before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio takes office.

2013 was a year of political lowlights.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer spent Christmas at the family home of his reported girlfriend, Lis Smith, one day after he and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, announced their marriage is over.

Mike Lupica says the Chiara de Blasio substance abuse video was like a “final campaign ad,” and “ends up looking like old-time politicking, from a politician who acts as if everything he does is brand-new.”

The video and the Spitzers’ divorce announcement were part of a “celebrated tradition of dumping unfavorable news on holidays, weekends or days when the media is otherwise preoccupied,” the NY Times writes.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind wants AG Eric Schneiderman to take action against an umbrella group of college professors who have endorsed an academic boycott of Israeli universities.

De Blasio’s choice to head up the city’s child-welfare agency, Gladys Carrion, allegedly once allowed an X-rated party for juvenile inmates — part of her “therapeutic” approach to rehabilitating violent young offenders.

Next year, the state Parks Department will finalize the purchase of some 1,200 acres in the Hudson Valley – a deal that has already added land to Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, which sprawls over much of Putnam County, and will greatly add to the nearby Hudson Highlands State Park.

School elections might be over before Carl Paladino and attorney Daniel Chiacchia get an answer to their appeals to remove School Board members in Buffalo and Hamburg, because state education officials are reluctant to get involved.

US Attorney Preet Bharara says the federal government can’t meet a judge’s demands to quickly deliver documents so a civil-liberties group can analyze why thousands of people have been detained for months, if not years, as their immigration status is reviewed.

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has been pushing for months now to take away what he calls the “special treatment” that members of Congress and their staffs enjoy under “Obamacare” – but now he’s enjoying that special treatment himself.

The success of the styrofoam food container ban that was one of Bloomberg’s last victories in office depends on de Blasio and the city’s restaurateurs.

A New Jersey lawmaker who chairs a committee probing why traffic lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed said he may issue additional subpoenas for two New Jersey appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Drug law reformer Anthony Pappa OpEds in the Buffalo News, calling for Cuomo to use his clemency power this year.

Small-town, independently owned theaters in the Adirondacks are struggling to comply with an industry-imposed transition from 35-millimeter film to digital.

Say Yes Buffalo may have to dramatically scale back its after-school program due to questions over funding.