Every New York City mayor brings to the job his favorite buzz-phrases, slogans and verbal tics. Rudy Giuliani, for one, would repeatedly renounce “the old way of thinking,” and Michael Bloomberg made repeated use of “more with less” and “great American dream.”
So far, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s message to the public is crystallized in five phrases.
1: “Progressive values.” Dictionaries... » more
Bill de Blasio faces many immediate challenges in the weeks leading up to his Jan. 1 swearing-in and in his first months as the 109th mayor of New York City.
Before he can fulfill campaign promises of progressive change, there are crucial jobs to fill, including deputy mayors and commissioners. He faces budget deadlines amid a projected $2 billion deficit and labor contracts.
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The de Blasios will have a “very serious family discussion” about whether to leave their Brooklyn row house and move into Gracie Mansion overlooking the East River in Manhattan, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
“As you may have noticed, there are four strong personalities in the family, one of whom, Mr. Dante de Blasio, has strong feelings about proximity to his high school,” de... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced a diverse and seasoned team to lead his transition Wednesday morning, after a "cordial" meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom he said offered "helpful advice" in building a new city government.
"We had an extraordinary night, but today is now the first day of a six-to-eight-week sprint to prepare our new administration,"... » more
Even before the polls opened today, New York’s entrenched Democratic elected officials were clearly pondering what shape their dealings with Bill de Blasio, as the new power player on the scene, might take.
Given Albany’s power over municipal issues, some mayors have had famously strained relations with governors and legislative leaders. While de Blasio once worked for Gov. Andrew Cuomo at... » more
Bill de Blasio was elected New York City's first Democratic mayor in 24 years, sweeping Republican Joe Lhota across every demographic.
In his victory speech, De Blasio, said: "My fellow New Yorkers, today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for the city ... and we're humbled by it."
"I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you for all you have... » more
Just as polls closed, the mayoral race was called in Democrat Bill de Blasio's favor.
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Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota Monday crisscrossed the city in their final day of campaigning before Tuesday's election, vowing to summon supporters to get the vote out in their quest to become the city’s 109th mayor.
Despite a 40% lead in the polls, Democrat de Blasio said he would continue to stump as if he were “neck-and-neck” with his Republican opponent.
“There’s a volunteer army... » more
Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota entered their final stretch of campaigning before Tuesday’s election as a new poll showed the Democratic front-runner holding firmly to a commanding lead.
De Blasio has 65% support from likely voters, compared to Republican Lhota’s 24%, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist survey.
Both candidates took to the pulpit at Harlem churches yesterday.... » more
Republican Joe Lhota strode into Staten Island’s Halloween Extravaganza at Bloomingdale Park with fistfuls of Gobstoppers and Tootsie Pops and Baby Ruths. He didn’t hand out palm cards or pamphlets or fliers. He barely asked for anyone’s vote.
“You got no literature? Where’s your literature?” Lhota endorser and borough president James Molinaro asked the candidate.
These are the final... » more