NEW YORK CITY – Bill de Blasio won New York City’s mayoral seat with a landslide eight years ago. The liberal politician promised radical reforms that would reshape the NYPD and level the rich and poor classes in the country’s largest city.
From the introduction of universal kindergarten to stopping police stop-and-go, de Blasio did well on some of his proposed offerings. However, the mayor’s two terms will leave a legacy deeply transformed by his relationship with the NYPD and public dissonance brought by accusations against former Governor Cuomo.
“I want people to remember that we had to fight inequality, and we did. And it can be done,” de Blasio said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. The mayor also reflected on his strained relationship with the media and stated according to the AP that he wished he had been a better communicator.
The mayor has not always had the best relationship with the media. At the beginning of his first term, de Blasio was photographed eating a slice of pizza with a fork and knife, something that New Yorkers still scrutinize him for doing, which greatly overshadows many of the progressive items on his agenda.
While de Blasio is still close to words about what is to come, he promises the AP that he will remain in the public service.
See photos below highlighting NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s two terms:
Democratic presidential candidate and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media ahead of the Democratic primary debate, June 27, 2019, in Miami. Some New Yorkers questioned de Blasio’s focus on the mayor’s job when he launched a confusing bid for the president. He has been reluctant with his future plans when asked if he wants to run for governor.
New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio embraces his son Dante, left, daughter Chiara, second from left, and wife, Chirlane McCray, right, after the polls closed at the city’s primary election in New York, September 10, 2013. De Blasio swept in in New York City’s mayor’s office eight years ago and promised a liberal transformation of the country’s largest city that would even out deep inequalities and reform police practices.
In this archive photo on June 17, 2012, Pastor Al Sharpton walks in the middle with protesters during a quiet march to end New York’s “stop-and-go” program, May 22, 2013. De Blasio swept into New York City’s mayor’s office promised eight years ago to even out deep inequalities and reform police practices, slowing police stop-and-go tactics.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hugs a child after reading a book to a kindergarten class on PS 130 in New York, Tuesday, February 25, 2014. De Blasio swept into New York Mayor’s office eight years ago and promised a liberal transformation of the country’s largest city, delivering a promise to offer universal kindergarten.
New York City’s newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, will hold a news briefing on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in New York. When he closes the last few days in the mayor’s office, they admitted to Blasio that he had a strained relationship with the media and made mistakes along the way.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, arrive at the funeral of slain New York police officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday, December 27, 2014 in New York. De Blasio’s relationship with the city’s police force has been difficult … committed to reviewing the department’s interactions with the public and curtailing police tactics of stopping, questioning and visiting mainly black and Hispanic people on the streets en masse.
Protesters gather with signs urging New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to fire police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who caused Eric Garner’s death with a stranglehold, on Friday, August 2, 2019 in New York. De Blasio’s handling of the investigation into Garner’s killings angered officers and many police reform advocates who worked to select de Blasio.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attend a meeting of the State Capitol on Monday, January 27, 2014 in Albany, New York. When New York City became the epicenter of the pandemic, de Blasio’s attempts to control the reaction were often defined by the ongoing public feud with the then government. Cuomo.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wears a protective mask as he greets students as they arrive for personal instruction outside Public School 188 The Island School, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in New York. As de Blasio closes the last few days in the mayor’s office, he is considering running for a higher office, a bet that his early performance and his 8.8 million city management through the pandemic will stick to the New Yorkers.
The Associated Press contributed to this post.