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Mayor Bill de Blasio is the 109th Mayor of New York City. From his early days as a young City Hall staffer, to serving on his local school board, to his most recent position as Public Advocate for the City of New York, Bill de Blasio has spent his life fighting to ensure that every New Yorker -- in every neighborhood throughout our five boroughs -- gets a fair shot.

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Don't Soul-Search. Stiffen Your Backbone.

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM

It's a time-honored tradition.

After months of covering the midterm elections through a prism of polls and tactics, pundits will shift their focus to the defeated party's so-called season of "soul-searching."

As a Democrat, I'm disappointed in last Tuesday's results. But as a progressive, I know my party need not...

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A New Health Care Vision for New York City's Workforce

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 12:53 PM

More than 65 years ago, New York City began providing affordable healthcare to its workforce through free clinics for members of the city's health plan. It was an idea ahead of its time -- and now is the moment to bring it back.

Right now, the city spends $6.3 billion...

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Bridging NYC's Income Inequality Gap

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 3:47 PM

I often speak about New York becoming a "Tale of Two Cities." For the wealthiest New Yorkers, these are the best of times.

The Dow Jones Industrial average recently set a new record -- breaking 15,400 for the first time in history. On the Upper East Side sits one...

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The Bloomberg Administration's Attack on the Judiciary

(17) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Soon, Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin will issue a ruling in the high-profile federal lawsuit regarding the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk practices. After years of failing to meaningfully reform this broken policy, City Hall now faces the prospect of federal intervention and monitoring to mend stop-and-frisk.

Of all the case's twists,...

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5 Reasons I'm Okay With Asking the Wealthiest New Yorkers to Pay Just a Little More

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Last October, I put forward a plan to fund universal Pre-K and expanded after-school with a small tax surcharge on New Yorkers making more than $500,000 a year. It may not be popular at a lot of fancy cocktail parties -- here are five reasons why I'm okay with that.

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NYC Can't Afford a Late Start to Early Education

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 1:09 PM

It's time for a new education mantra: start early.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama threw down the gauntlet and called for pre-kindergarten for every child who needs it.

It was a historic commitment, all the more so because it came on the heels of...

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To Compete, Our Kids Need to Start Early and Learn Longer

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 6:28 PM

I was there on September 5 at the Democratic National Convention for one of the most powerful moments of this presidential campaign, when my former boss Bill Clinton exhorted the crowd and the nation to a vision of shared prosperity and real investment in our future.

But getting there is...

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Where Airport Security Falls Flat

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 8:18 PM

Billions of dollars spent at our airports since 9/11 have bought many of us peace of mind when we fly. We consent to the x-rayed bags, the metal detectors, the undoing of belts, the removing of shoes, and even the infamous pat-down -- all because they contribute to our collective...

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Spurring Growth in Every Neighborhood

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 3:35 PM

The following piece is based on a speech on economic growth delivered by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. The full speech is available here.

10 percent.

Our city, the undisputed capital of world commerce and American ingenuity, has...

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Help Parents Work: Pass Paid Sick Leave

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 3:21 PM

By Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray

Every parent knows the dread of waking up to find your child sick with the flu. Or receiving that teacher's call that your child has a terrible cough and must be picked up. Right away.

We all have the same impulse...

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Don't Make Our Finest Fight City Hall for Their Lives

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:46 PM

On September 11, 2001, police officer Alonzo Harris rushed into the World Trade Center, without second thought, doing his job, protecting his fellow New Yorkers. He survived the collapse of the South Tower, diving under a parked car as dust fell and the ugly thick plume of smoke rose. Officer...

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Unhappy Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2012 | 9:27 AM

Today marks the unfortunate two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates for undisclosed spending in our elections. In just two years, we are already all too familiar with how this landmark ruling has transformed campaigns and elections in this country, threatening the fabric of...

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A Blow to Freedom of the Press

(9) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:55 PM

Of all the troubling aspects of the Bloomberg Administration's decision to remove demonstrators from Zuccotti Park on November 15th, none proved more damaging to our city's democracy than the exclusion and harassment of the press.

The sequence of events on that day has no parallel in recent memory. Just after...

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The American DREAM

(25) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 1:01 PM

No facet of our country's immigration debate is more heartless or economically foolish than our failure to support undocumented children who have grown up on American soil. These young people have gone to school alongside their native-born peers and in many cases have shown themselves to be outstanding scholars, athletes...

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It's Time to Bring Our Troops Home

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 1:19 PM

Osama bin Laden's death has generated a swell of palpable emotion across the nation and especially here in New York City. Following the September 11 attacks and our subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, it has been a priority of this country and this city to bring Osama bin Laden to justice....

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An Open Letter on Behalf of Public School Parents to Chancellor Dennis Walcott

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 7:17 PM

To Chancellor Walcott:

For the past nine years our schools have been run by a top-down bureaucracy that too often alienates public school parents. To your great credit, you have said that you want to engage parents and communities more than in the past. But you have also said that...

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The Conservative War Against Planned Parenthood

(7) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM

It comes as no surprise that newly empowered Republicans on Capitol Hill are revving up for fresh attacks on women's reproductive health care. Just last week, Congressman Pence (R-IN) has led the drumbeat to strip federal funding for Title X, the nation's family planning program, which provides women with access...

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Humane Alternatives for Horse-Drawn Carriages

(320) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 10:22 AM

The carriage horses of Central Park have been enduring the beginnings of another long, harsh winter. After years of trying to reform the industry, the time has come for New York City to turn the page, and finally embrace safer, more humane alternatives to the horse-drawn carriages.

London, Paris, Las...

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Defend Democracy -- Make Companies Disclose Political Spending

(8) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 7:04 PM

At the beginning of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that amplified the power of our country's already powerful corporations by giving them free reign to spend without limit or restraint in our elections. This decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, opened new avenues for corporate...

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Disclose Now!

(32) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 1:19 PM

Earlier this year, Justice Stevens ended his powerful dissent in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission with the following words: "While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics." While many have focused on...

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