Bill de Blasio

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Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio 11-2-2013.jpg
Mayor of New York
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2014 - Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$225,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York City Public Advocate
2010-2013
Education
Bachelor'sNew York University
Master'sColumbia University
Personal
BirthdayMay 8, 1961
Place of birthNew York City
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bill de Blasio (b. May 8, 1961) is the current Mayor of New York City. He was elected on November 4, 2013, and was sworn into office on January 1, 2014.[1] Before becoming Mayor, de Blasio held several positions within local New York government: from 2010-2013, he served as New York City Public Advocate; from 2002-2009, he represented the 39th District on the New York City Council; and in 1999, he was elected to District 15's School Board in Brooklyn. De Blasio also served as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1997-1998 and managed Hillary Clinton's 2000 New York Senate campaign.[2]

Biography

De Blasio was born in New York City. He holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of de Blasio's political career.

Elections

2013

De Blasio was elected as Mayor of New York City on November 4, 2013.[4]

New York, New York Mayoral General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill de Blasio Incumbent 73.3% 752,604
     Republican Joseph Lhota 24.3% 249,121
     Independent Adolpho Carrion 0.8% 8,202
     Green Party Anthony Gronowicz 0.5% 4,741
     Other Jack Hidary 0.3% 3,429
     Other Jimmy McMillan 0.2% 1,899
     School Choice Erick Salgado 0.2% 1,853
     Libertarian Michael Sanchez 0.2% 1,652
     Socialist Works Dan Fein 0.1% 721
     Tax Wall Street Randy Credico 0.1% 654
     Freedom Michael Greys 0.1% 539
     Reform Carl Person 0% 288
     Affordable Tomorrow Joseph Melaragno 0% 269
     War Veterans Sam Sloan 0% 142
     Other Michael Dilger 0% 54
Total Votes 1,026,168

Controversies

Race and the NYPD

Following a grand jury's decision not to indict a New York City Police Officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, an African-American male, in early December 2014, de Blasio held a press conference in which he expressed concern for the safety of his son, Dante, who is biracial. De Blasio described Dante as "a good young man, [a] law-abiding young man who would never think to do anything wrong ... [but] because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we've had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him."[5]

De Blasio's comments attracted both praise and criticism. Some - including President Barack Obama and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton - thanked Mayor de Blasio for his words and defended his relationship with the New York Police Department.[6] Bratton noted, "This mayor has been strongly, strongly supportive of the police." Others, however, such as Pat Lynch, the President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, were highly critical of the comments. Lynch said that de Blasio "threw cops under the bus."[7]

In the days after he made the comments about his son, de Blaio sought to clarify his meaning in an interview on ABC's This Week, saying, "I want to say it the right way, because I think there was so much misunderstanding here ... It’s different for a white child. That’s just the reality in this country. And with Dante, very early on with my son, we said, ‘Look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do, don’t move suddenly, don’t reach for your cellphone.’ Because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color. We all want to look up to figures of authority. But there’s that fear that there could be that one moment of misunderstanding with a young man of color, and that young man may never come back."[8]

Personal

De Blasio has been married to Chirlane McCray since 1994. They have two children named Chiara and Dante.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Bloomberg
Mayor of New York
2014–Present
Succeeded by
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