Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio, Happy Warrior

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels snow (nycmayorsoffice/flickr)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is three weeks into his new gig, and reporters who cover him regularly are getting to know what to expect when the mayor shows up, often later than scheduled. He can be charming, a little funny and occasionally combative.

Friend and senior adviser Peter Ragone has known de Blasio for close to 20 years. In assessing his friend’s style, Ragone compared the mayor to Alfred E. Smith, a governor of New York in the 1920’s who was once called the “Happy Warrior.”

“In a lot of ways, Bill de Blasio is 21st century version a ‘happy warrior.' Someone who is fighting for the things that New Yorkers need but doing it with a smile and sometimes a joke,” Ragone told WNYC.

Listen to this reporter's notebook from WNYC’s Brigid Bergin to hear what it’s like to cover the mayor in his first weeks at City Hall and on the snowy streets of the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces appointments of Stacey Cumberbatch (DCAS) and Jon Paul Lupo (City Legislative Affairs). Reporters then hurled questions about snow cleanup.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at US Conference of Mayors on Thursday
Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the Upper East Side Wednesday afternoon after complaints about slow snow removal
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray at Al Sharpton's National Action Network


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Comments [2]

Ash from New York

Great story from Ms Bergin. Gives you more insight into the mayor's personality. Hope DeBlasio has the cojones to lead the a tough city with very tough critics.

Jan. 27 2014 10:39 AM
Alene Cohen from nyc

need to know what i can do about the public library sell off potential

Jan. 27 2014 08:23 AM

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