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Friday, February 8, 2013

de Blasio Says He's a 'All People' Progressive Candidate

"You are the most leftist candidate... sorry .. most progressive candidate in this race," radio host, Michael Fragin, described Mayoral candidate Bill de blasio, in a debut 'Meet The Mayoral Candidates' interview on the Spin Class / Jewish Political radio station.

After 2 decades of Republican control, 24 years after the last Democratic mayoral candidate was elected as mayor, De Blasio expressed confidence that a Democrat will become mayor of NYC come January 2014. "2013 is going to be a Democratic year," he said twice.

"Its long over due. I'm a proud Brooklynite. I have very deep relationships with the Jewish community," de Blasio told Fragin. Touting his 'All Boroughs' campaign theme, Mr. de Blasio pointed out "the Jewish community is overwhelmingly an outer Borough community. And like so many outer-borough communities, there's a sense that a lot of the current city policies have not been serving all neighborhoods equally." A sense that de Blasio believes that, after 5 terms of Republican mayors, a  Democrat will be selected by voters as mayor this year.

Serving as a representative in the city council for parts of Borough Park for 8 years, "we need a mayor who understand the community and has a long track record working with the community," de Blasio bluntly asserted. Adding that he's one of a few candidates "who can say that and back it up."

Asked about the concerns of his progressive path to victory, Mr. de Blasio acknowledged "I'm a progressive guy and I'm proud of it," since "my vision of being progressive (government creating jobs and public education) fits what most Democratic primary voters feel and what most New Yorkers feel."

Saying childcare and early childhood education is the future of this city, Mr. de Blasio promised that,  as mayor,  he'll bring priority-7 vouchers back. A promise that will ease something the Jewish community has been aching about since Mayor Bloomberg stopped them in 2010, following his reelection.

Asked to give some comfort, if possible, to the concerns of Middle class families and many taxpayers in the Orthodox Jewish community about the close relationships Democratic candidates have with the labor unions, Mr. de Blasio seemed to defy the concerns by talking about the unified effort to balance the budget.

"Look, I understand where the concerns come from." he said. Stating the requirement by law to balance the budget, Mr. de Blasio said he firmly believes that his relationship with the labor unions and the mutual respect will help in that effort. 'There's a lot of things the labor movement wants from the government, so  the city government has a lot of leverage in those negotiations," adding that the labor unions also understand the structural economic problems, "and they can't expect the sun, moon and the stars here."

In the final analysis, de Blasio sought to speak about his ability to find meaningful compromises with the labor unions to find solutions to balance the budget, by respect and communication.

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