De Blasio's Blueprint
Nayaba Arinde | 9/19/2013, 1:38 p.m.
“I believe there will be tremendous public support for this idea, and that will fuel our effort to win in Albany. I think the history is that when mayors go to Albany with popular support, with the support of City Council, Albany defers to the localities’ rights to make its own decision about its own taxation.”
De Blasio’s extensive use of his family in the campaign swayed some voters and raised the ire of others. Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the tactic as “racist” and was immediately attacked in response.
“My family will continue to be actively involved in the campaign,” de Blasio said. “The people have renounced Bloomberg’s view; his comments were inappropriate and confusing. We are proud to present a message of what our family is and what we believe in, and [that] is very consistent in what I hope to do for this city. The fact that we won the primary outright is an extraordinary affirmation.”
Will his son, Dante, be featured in the campaign going forward or will de Blasio be retiring the much featured, much talked about Afro of his 16-year-old son?
“I mean, it’s who he is,” de Blasio said. “He has been growing it since he was in the third grade. He’s very proud of it, and I don’’t think he has any intention of changing any time soon. But more importantly than the hair, Dante, [my daughter] Chiara [and my wife] Chirlane will be very, very active in the campaign.”