Meet the Mayor
Mayor Bill de Blasio today played host at Gracie Mansion to several thousand New Yorkers who waited hours in the frigid cold for a quick photo-op with the new mayor.
But Mr. de Blasio, who spent weeks mulling whether he and his family would move into the opulent digs, made clear he was in no rush to decamp from his current Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side.
In keeping with his everyman persona, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today announced his plans for “an inauguration for all New Yorkers,” which will include ceremony tickets for the public and an open house at Gracie Mansion.
New Yorkers will now have the opportunity to nurse their New Year’s Day hangovers with the Governor.
Earlier this afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is flinging open the doors of the executive mansion on January 1st to members of the general public, offering the rare meet-and-greet opportunity. But for those wishing to attend, Mr. Cuomo’s office suggests packing light.
“Guests are reminded that weapons and controlled substances as well as bags, backpacks, luggage, parcels, briefcases, and like articles will be strictly prohibited from the event,” the press release warned. “Photography and videography devices will not be allowed on the premises. Guests with prohibited articles will be turned away and no storage or ‘check-in area’ will be provided for such items.”