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De Blasio Looks to Spread Progressive Message Beyond New York

While NYC's outgoing mayor looks to spread the gospel of his city-making success stories, the city's next mayor is already seeking allies from across the country to help solve some of the challenges overlooked by the current administration.
December 17, 2013, 9am PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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It looks like Bloomberg Associates may have some competition for the ears of America's municipal leaders. 

"Even before he’s sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor on Jan. 1, Bill de Blasio is planning to take his campaign for income equality, urban-friendly transit and affordable housing to an audience across the U.S.," reports Henry Goldman. "De Blasio, a 52-year-old Democrat, says he wants to be a 'national convener' for a 'progressive urban agenda' that got him elected last month by 49 percentage points, the largest margin for a non-incumbent in city history."

“I’m going to begin a mission that I look forward to working with my fellow mayors on, certainly work with the president on, to slowly but surely turn the congressional focus in particular back to investments in education, infrastructure, mass transit, housing, the kinds of things that would change New York City so fundamentally,” de Blasio said last week at a Manhattan news briefing.

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Published on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Bloomberg Politics
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