Bill de Blasio Wiki
Bill de Blasio born May 8, 1961 is an American politician who is serving as the 109th Mayor of New York City. Prior to his first election to the position of Mayor, he served as New York City’s public advocate from 2010 to 2013.
Born in Manhattan, he graduated from New York University and Columbia University before a brief stint as a campaign manager for Charles Rangel and Hillary Clinton. He started his career as an elected official by serving on the New York City Council representing the 39th district in Brooklyn from 2002 to 2009. His tenure as public advocate saw a reformation of various educational, housing, and campaign finance policies. He was elected Mayor of New York City in the landslide 2013 election and retained his office in 2017, another landslide election.
Early life and career
Bill de Blasio was born on May 8, 1961, in Manhattan’s Doctors Hospital in New York City. He was born to Maria Angela (née de Blasio; 1917–2007) and Warren Wilhelm (1917–1979) as their third son. De Blasio has two brothers, Steven and Donald, thirteen and eight years his senior, respectively. His father was of German ancestry, and his mother was of Italian heritage. His maternal grandfather, Giovanni, was from the city of Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Benevento, and his grandmother, Anna , was from Grassano, Matera. His paternal uncle, Donald George Wilhelm Jr., worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in Iran and secretly wrote Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s memoir.
De Blasio and his wife, activist, and poet Chirlane McCray, met while both were working for Mayor Dinkins’ administration and married in 1994. They lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn before moving into Gracie Mansion, the traditional residence of New York City mayors. They have two children: Dante, a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School currently attending Yale University as a member of the class of 2019, and Chiara, a student at Santa Clara University in California. Chiara addressed her own drug use and depression in late December 2013, through a four-minute video that the mayor’s transition team released.
De Blasio, an Italian American, regularly conducts interviews, press conferences, and speeches in Italian.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- New York mayor Bill de Blasio, 57, says he will decide this month on whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination
- He has a full-time staff working on a potential campaign, has been to Iowa and New Hampshire and held a $5,000-a-head fundraisers
- City’s voters aren’t behind him: 76 per cent said he shouldn’t run in Quinnipiac poll in April
- Twenty-one Democrats are in already, with Joe Biden topping polls
- De Blasio – who named a street Sesame Street this week – quipped: ‘If you don’t like the way the field looks on Monday, wait a day or two and it will change.’
- Bill de Blasio’s supporters say he has a proven record on issues such as police reform and expanding full-day prekindergarten citywide.
- Bill de Blasio has had a fair amount of big, progressive achievements as mayor of New York City
- De Blasio threatened a $1,000 fine for anyone who skipped the measles vaccine in the neighborhood.