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Vincent Gray determined to work hard as lame-duck mayor

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray presented his Fiscal Year 2015 budget to council members on Thursday, the first official meeting of his last remaining days in office.

Gray said he would meet with his cabinet before the meeting, expressing his determination to continue working hard even after his loss in the Democratic primary to Muriel Bowser:

"My message to them was we have nine months to make an imprint on where this city is; this will not be an administration that does not work hard."

Councilman Phil Mendelson said Gray's lame-duck status won't really affect the council's review of the budget:

"The fact is, the government has run very well for the last several years," he said to WJLA reporters.

Bowser was absent from Thursday's meeting due to an appointment with campaign workers, according to a staffer. Gray and Bowser -- who  has said she will not support Gray if he wins re-election -- have not spoken since Tuesday's election.

"I haven't had a conversation with her," Gray said. "I'm sure we'll have a conversation in the next weeks, days. Undoubtedly, we'll communicate. I don't know how that will come about, but we certainly will communicate."

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