03/22/2014 09:53 am ET

Despite Critics, De Blasio Finds Success In Pursuit Of Liberal Agenda

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On the surface, these are rocky days for Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose infant tenure has endured impasse in Albany, speeding police escorts, and poll numbers that have rapidly diminished.

But in fits and starts, Mr. de Blasio has steadily found ways to impose his uncompromising liberalism onto New York, exploiting the powers of his office to further an agenda that allies say is far more consequential than day-to-day squabbles and scandals.

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