NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had plenty of good advice when they met for about 20 minutes this morning at City Hall.
Last night, de Blasio was elected to succeed Bloomberg in January and become the first Democratic mayor of New York in a generation. He's planning to push ahead with an ambitious agenda aimed at easing the economic inequality that was a focus of his campaign.
The mayor-elect made it clear today that he wants to waste no time in carrying out his vision that could move the nation's largest city toward the left. He told reporters that he has a mandate "to create a city in which our prosperity is shared and there is opportunity for all."
De Blasio is vowing to maintain the public safety and economic gains made under Bloomberg and his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani -- while also giving a voice to those who felt forgotten by what they saw as policies that helped Manhattan but neglected the city's other boroughs.
DeBlasio defeated Republican rival Joe Lhota, 73 percent to 24 percent, in incomplete, unofficial returns. It would be the largest margin of victory for a non-incumbent in the city's history.
He will need that political capital in order to tackle his signature campaign promise: to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers in order to fund universal pre-kindergarten.
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APPHOTO NYBM105: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio speaks during a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. De Blasio, the city's public advocate, defeated Joseph J. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, by a margin of about 49 percentage points, with 99 percent of the vote counted, to become the city's next mayor. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (6 Nov 2013)
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APPHOTO NYBM102: New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, joins Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a meeting in the "Bull Pen," the mayor's main City Hall office, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. De Blasio, who beat out Republican Joe Lhota by a large margin, follows the three-term reign of Republican-turned-independent billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and Republican Rudy Giuliani, who led the city in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (6 Nov 2013)
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