News De Blasio to skip Hillary Clinton campaign-launch rally New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the media on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle By EMILY NGO / NEWSDAY firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo June 11, 2015 9:45 AM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he won't be attending Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign-launch rally Saturday in New York City. He added that he is still not ready to endorse his former boss, the front-running Democratic candidate. "I think it's best to hear the ideas and then make a decision," he said. "I've been very impressed by the comments she's given so far on a host of issues," de Blasio said at an unrelated event in the Bronx, ticking off Clinton's recent speeches on voting rights, criminal justice and immigration. "What I am waiting to hear about is the fight against income inequality, how we raise wages and benefits, how we create the progressive taxation system we need." The mayor also complimented a competitor for the Democratic nomination on Clinton's left. "I've always liked what I've heard from Bernie Sanders," he said, calling the Vermont senator a "great voice for a fairer society and a fairer economy." Spokesmen for Clinton did not respond to messages for comment. Clinton is to formally launch her 2016 bid for president with a rally at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. De Blasio was manager of her successful 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate. By EMILY NGO / NEWSDAY email@example.com @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.