Politiwatch: TDR 2020 Coverage- Bill De Blasio

De Blasio Presidential Campaign Photo

De Blasio Presidential Campaign Photo

Basic Information:

Name: Bill De Blasio

Age: 58

State: New York

Occupations: Current Mayor of New York City; former New York City Public Advocate (2010 to 2013); former Council New York City Member (2002 to 2009); former District 15’s School Board (Brooklyn); former Regional director for the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (1997 to 1998); Former Manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senatorial Campaign

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Announcement Date:  May 16, 2019

Motto: Working People First

(Source: De Blasio; Source#2:Campaign )


Accomplishments: 

  • As Mayor of New York City, De Blasio successfully developed and yielded the universal pre-Kindergarten programs across the city

  • De Blasio also is well-liked by Democrats in New York City with consideration that he won all the primaries and general elections for his former positions and mayoral campaigns. 

  • De Blasio made distant changes towards benefits for all government workers in New York City in terms of sick leave, paid sick leave, and minimum wage limits. 

  • De Blasio also developed and implemented public identifications for all homeless and immigrated residents in New York City in order to receive residential benefits.

( Source#2: De Blasio )

Presidential Standings: 

Position on Disability Rights:

Since 2013, Mayor De Blasio repeatedly claimed that he has been a supporter for the New York City Disability Community but it is found to be untrue. According to several articles in 2015 and 2019 when the Courts found New York City responsible to renovate all sidewalks to accommodate the people in wheelchairs and other people with low-vision. In the 2020 presidential campaign, De Blasio claimed that he would seek further improvements for the entire Disability community in the future. 

(Source: De Blasio- Disability)


Position on Women’s Rights:

De Blasio proclaimed himself as a true pro-choice supporter for Women, stating how they should be the ones who make decisions for abortion or not. De Blasio also criticized Alabama’s high-profile abortion ban for women in the southern state, stating that it pushed back the rightful laws in the 1950’s for the women over there. 

(Source: De Blasio-Women)

Position on LGBT Rights

Just like every New Yorker, De Blasio overwhemingly supported the LGBT community in New York City and allowed the legislation to change the gender laws with consideration as how it should include nonbinary ones. De Blasio recently developed such initiatives aiming to boost healthcare programs for all LGBT residents in the city. Not just that, De Blasio signed new legislation whereas allowing transgender and LGBT residents to change their respective birth certificates to become recognized towards their preferred gender or even their nonbinary ones they may identify with. 

(Source: De Blasio- LGBT