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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bill de Blasio Presents "Women for de Blasio" On Quinn's Day

As the first-to-be-female-mayor of NYC kicked off her first day of campaigning, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio didn't waste time, even as the traditional note would leave Christine Quinn in the spotlight for her first day as a candidate. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, had his own launch event for “Women for de Blasio.” 

“I want to thank everyone for being here. I got to tell you, this is how the world turns. This is how things change,” he told the crowd of 300 supporters gathered at the Synagogue for the Arts in Lower Manhattan. “People who have decided what they believe in, who have decided they can make a difference. That applying that … energy in an infectious manner starts to change a society before their very eyes. If we had a dozen such people, we’d be beginning to change this city, but there are hundreds of such people in this room. I’ve always adored the quote from Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of [thoughtful,] committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”

Addressing his main rival by name, “we have some things we need to change,” Mr. de Blasio said, according to Colin Campbell, who covered the event for The Politicker. “New York City is supposed to be the most progressive city in this country. How on Earth is it possible that someone could lose their job in this city simply because they’re sick and no law would stop that from happening? Well, a lot of you know this. That law is sitting on a desk in the City Council where it’s been for three years. I have to tell you, I respect all of my opponents in this election. I respect the work they’ve done. But I have to say to Speaker Quinn, ‘Speaker Quinn, we deserve a vote on paid sick days now!’ A million New Yorkers are begging and pleading that they just get the right to a vote on this issue. And it’s time.” 

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