Bill de Blasio

City of New York, New York

Bill de Blasio is first and foremost a husband and father, married to New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray. De Blasio and McCray first met in City Hall while serving in then-Mayor Dinkins’ administration. Proud public school parents, the Mayor and First Lady raised their children Dante and Chiara in a yellow house in Park Slope, where de Blasio coached Dante’s little league team and served on the local school board.

As New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio fights every day to make this Your City—a better and fairer city for everyone—no matter where you live or how much money you make.

Mayor de Blasio has created universal pre-K for every one of the 70,000 four-year-olds in the City, expanded the paid sick leave law to cover thousands more workers, and raised the minimum wage for all City employees and contractors.

He dramatically reduced stop-and-frisk by 93 percent and pursued reforms to bring the NYPD and the communities they serve closer together—while at the same time driving crime to record-low levels.

Mayor de Blasio also expanded the number of affordable apartments and took on the landlord lobby—and, under his watch, rents were frozen for two straight years.

De Blasio served as Public Advocate for the City of New York from 2010 to 2013, where he helped stop thousands of teacher layoffs and saved good neighborhood schools, fought for just compensation for brave First Responders, debuted the city’s “Worst Landlords Watchlist,” and advocated on behalf of New York City’s most vulnerable children.

Prior to his election as Public Advocate, de Blasio was elected to New York’s City Council in 2002. During his eight years in the Council, Bill focused his efforts on improving public education, engaging parents, expanding affordable housing, and protecting New York’s middle-class and working poor. Bill won millions in new investments in early childhood education and wrote landmark tenants’ rights legislation to protect affordable housing and end landlord discrimination for everyday New Yorkers.

Before joining City Council, de Blasio served as Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s historic campaign for U.S. Senate.

The Mayor began his work in public service as a junior staffer for New York City’s first African American mayor, David N. Dinkins. De Blasio graduated from NYU and studied at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Bill de Blasio will be speaking at:

Afternoon General Session

March 12, 2018 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm ,

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