Bill de Blasio
|Bill de Blasio|
|Mayor of New York|
|January 1, 2014 - Present|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2013|
|New York City Public Advocate|
|Bachelor's||New York University|
|Birthday||May 8, 1961|
|Place of birth||New York City|
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of de Blasio's political career.
- 2014-Present: Mayor of New York
- 2010-2013: New York City Public Advocate
- 2002-2009: Member of the New York City Council, District 39
- 1999: Member of District 15's School Board in Brooklyn
- 1997-1998: Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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."
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. 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."
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."
De Blasio has been married to Chirlane McCray since 1994. They have two children named Chiara and Dante.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Bill+ de Blasio + New York"
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- Politico, "Bill de Blasio takes formal oath at city hall," accessed July 31, 2014.
- New York City Advocate Website "About Bill de Blasio," (Archived) accessed July 31, 2014.
- New York City "Office of the Mayor: Bio" accessed July 31, 2014.
- Politico "2013 New York City Mayoral Election Results," accessed on July 31, 2014.
- Huffington Post, "Bill De Blasio Expresses Concern For The Safety Of His Biracial Son," December 4, 2014
- New York Times, "N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke bluntly on race, policing in ways harder for Obama," December 55, 2014
- New York Daily News, "Police Commissioner Bill Bratton backs Bill de Blasio, says mayor is 'strongly supportive' of NYPD," December 5, 2014
- New York Times, "De Blasio Remains Guarded in Remarks on Garner Case," December 7, 2014
- The Wall Street Journal "Family the Spotlight," accessed on July 31, 2014.
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