It’s the end of an era and the mark of a new day in New York City. Bill de Blasio, a democrat from Brooklyn who previously served as Public Advocate for the city, has been named the new mayor of New York City. He captured 73 percent of votes against Republican and former MTA chief Joe Lhota. He will secede Michael Bloomberg, a self-made millionaire who has served as mayor for 12 years.
De Blasio promises to fix the economic inequality that currently exists in New York, one that has created a divide between the extremely rich and the working poor. He strongly criticized Bloomberg’s police and housing policies and plans to tax the rich. He is the first democrat to serve as New York City mayor since David Dinkins in 1993.
“Today you spoke loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city,” de Blasio told his supporters in front of a YMCA in his Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood in a victory speech. “We are united in the belief that our city should leave no New Yorker behind. The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it together as one city.”
De Blasio received his bachelor’s degree from New York University and earned his Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar and has been dedicated to politics, government, and public affairs since youth.
He will take office January 1, 2014 as the 109th mayor of the Big Apple.