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Mr. de Blasio often says that he has a "story" to tell about New York's accomplishments, but his own narrative is also convincing. He was born the son of a German-American father and an Italian-American mother as Warren Wilhelm Jr. his father, a veteran who was struggling with alcoholism, later killed himself. His relationship with his father was tense and Mr de Blasio finally adopted his mother's last name.
He grew up in Massachusetts, attended New York University, and became a left-wing activist who admired Nicaragua's ruling Sandinista party. Later, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton and Charles B. Rangel, then ran for himself and won the elections to the New York City Council, prosecutor and mayor.
Some of Mr. de Blasio's colleagues mocked the idea, President He abandoned his exploration of the White House occupation and instead focused on a number of pressing issues in New York City, such as: Eg crumbling social housing, a high level of homelessness and problematic subways. Mr de Blasio said that many of the answers to the problems that actually caused the city in the state capital are more than 200 miles beyond its borders.
"I fear that our federal government is not helping New York at the moment There are a number of possibilities and we are being hurt by bad policies all the time in Washington," said de Blasio at a press conference last month. He referred to the lack of a national infrastructure plan and to the violation of public health policy. "So we need real change in our country," he said. "If they do not happen, New York City suffers." In a survey of the University of Monmouth last month, Mr de Blasio had a net preference of zero: 24 percent disliked him, 24 percent disliked him. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the only candidate with a higher unfavorable number (26 percent), but a favorable rate of 67 percent.