The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends

bdb feature image1 The Perma Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends
He stood at a podium surrounded by a crush of City Council members and left-leaning advocates from protests groups like Make the Road New York and local unions.

“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), they shouted, crammed shoulder to shoulder on a tiny stretch of sidewalk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, under the elevated subway tracks. As the trains rushed by every few minutes, the man of the hour—standing in front of a backdrop adorned with his campaign’s slogan, “One New York, Rising Together”—paused and raised his arms like an orchestra conductor, urging the overflow crowd penned behind police barricades across the street to burst into chants again.

This wasn’t a campaign rally or a protest of City Hall’s policies. It was Bill de Blasio’s first major policy rollout as mayor of New York City: a press conference to announce a deal with the City Council on legislation to expand mandatory paid sick leave. Continue reading “The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends”

The Tall Man Cometh: Bill de Blasio Will Bring His Own Brand of Leadership to City Hall

Illustration: Dale Stephanos
Illustration: Dale Stephanos

When Bill de Blasio decided to run for New York City Council in 2001 after managing Hillary Clinton’s successful U.S. Senate campaign, political observers were bewildered.

After spending the previous year attending late-night strategy sessions at the White House and earning a shout-out on The West Wing, the rising star could have landed a lucrative consulting position or launched a big-money K Street firm. Instead, he opted to compete in a crowded, long-shot race for the chance to debate zoning regulations and field constituent calls.

Some thought he’d gone mad. This paper suggested that, at 39, he was in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Continue reading “The Tall Man Cometh: Bill de Blasio Will Bring His Own Brand of Leadership to City Hall”