NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken gun-control advocate, confirmed he is advising Vice President Joe Biden's team seeking to curb U.S. gun violence.

"What we've got to do first is try to do everything we can to help Joe Biden," Bloomberg said in a news conference in New York. "We sent some of the people down to Washington, and we had some people on the phone to give Joe Biden our ideas."