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Chris Smith on Whether De Blasio’s Mayorship Can Play Nationally — New York Magazine


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Bill de Blasio was late. This time it wasn’t his fault. State legislators lined as much as shake fingers and pose for images with New York’s latest political star earlier than permitting De Blasio to start out his testimony. Then they wished to share his televised highlight, quizzing the mayor about his pre-Ok tax-the-rich plans till his look earlier than Albany’s funds committees stretched practically two and a half hours. Finally De Blasio was despatched off, to a ready pack of reporters, with a teasing farewell from Denny Farrell, the rascally octogenarian Democratic assemblyman.

“There’s a whole bunch of people waiting for you,” Farrell stated with a sly chuckle.

“Are they pleasant individuals?” De Blasio replied with a goofy heh heh heh.

In mid-December, in Washington, a gaggle of fellow mayors-elect had let De Blasio take the lead in chatting with the press after a White House assembly with President Barack Obama. Now, in Albany, the mayor’s subsequent assembly was an extra—if much more difficult—ratification of his hovering political stature. Governor ­Andrew Cuomo, as a substitute of letting De Blasio come and go from his house turf with out remark, had instantly scheduled a joint press convention, ostensibly to promote their frequent want to save lots of Brooklyn hospitals. The mayor, when he spoke, was cautious to defer to the governor. But as the 2 sat elbow to elbow, grinning and backslapping with honest affection, it was simple to marvel simply whose present this actually was.



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