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Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh comments after Mayor Dave Bing's 'State of the City' address.  (Credit: Fox 2 News) Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh comments after Mayor Dave Bing's 'State of the City' address. (Credit: Fox 2 News)
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We kept hearing from people that they felt Mayor Dave Bing's "State of the City" address went better than expected.  However, some felt that residents didn't get enough -- enough solutions, enough about the mayor's vision, his long-term plan and the possibility of an emergency manager.

"No emergency manager to date and no declaration of bankruptcy for the City of Detroit," the mayor said.

That was about it when it came to Bing addressing what everyone is talking about.  Will the governor appoint an emergency manager to the City of Detroit?

"He joked about it and said that we haven't gotten one appointed yet.  I didn't think that was funny.  I think that he should've been very clear that we can do this without somebody else coming in and doing this for us," said City Council President Charles Pugh.

He felt the mayor didn't make it clear they are actively working to stop the cash burn and alleviate long-term liabilities.

State Treasurer Andy Dillon, who is on the team currently reviewing the city's finances, was in the crowd.

"We're here to hear the mayor's speech, which I thought was great," he said.

"is it enough to stave off an emergency manager?" I asked Dillon.

"The review team is still working, so I'm not going to comment on that," he responded.

A decision that will impact county executives.  All three showed up to support Bing, who was blunt about inheriting a city that was more than $300 million in the red.

"Dave's done, I think, a remarkable job given the amount of just taxes and deficits and blight he's had to work with.  So he's doing a good job.  I think hidden in his remarks here at the end is in his mind the job's not done.  So I think he goes for another four years," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

"This guy truly is a very ethical person.  He's a trusted individual.  I hope he decided to run for mayor again," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Will Mayor Bing seek re-election?  There was no mention of that or any drastic ways the city planned to improve public safety -- Detroit fire, EMS or DPD.

"Are we concerned about the homicide rate in Detroit?  Of course we are," Bing said.

Bing claimed the city can't turn itself around without doing something about the alarming crime rate, but the city won't be hiring any new officers.  Instead, it will redirect resources, eventually moving 80 percent of the force to patrol the streets.  But is it enough?

"I would be remised to say that I'm very pleased with where we are right now.  But I also have to understand again from once we come from and it's not an easy task by any means.  As they say, the best way forward is one foot at a time," said City Council Member James Tate.

We asked, but Dillon would not elaborate about the financial review team and its progress.  He did say that he enjoyed the speech, that he felt the city was making progress and he's pleased that the mayor and the city council are getting along better.  As far as a timeline and a decision he wouldn't get into that.

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