Bill de Blasio has defeated Republican Joe Lhota to be elected the 109th mayor of NYC, according to exit polls. He will be the first Democrat to lead New York since 1989.
Bill de Blasio is the projected winner of the New York City mayoral race on Nov. 5, according to multiple news outlets. Bill, who has held the office of New York City Public Advocate since 2010, was favored to win the race after he was revealed to have a 40-point lead over opponent Joe Lhota in a Quinnipiac poll taken at the end of October. Read on for more details!
Bill De Blasio Elected Mayor Of NYC — Congratulations!
Bill, 52, who has promised to help close the gap between the rich and the poor in the city, will be a big change from his Republican predecessor, longtime mayor Michael Bloomberg. In fact, Bill built his campaign around reforming Michael’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. He has vowed to “offer an unapologetic progressive alternative to the Bloomberg era.”
Bill celebrated his big win with his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their children, Dante and Chiara, at an election party in Brooklyn, according to USA Today.
Congratulations, Mr. Mayor!
Bill De Blasio: Five Things You Didn’t Know About Him
Now that Bill has been chosen as the new mayor of New York, we’re sure you want to know more about him, so HollywoodLife.com has rounded up some fun facts:
1. Think you know his real name? Bill De Blasio was actually born Warren Wilhelm. His family started calling him Bill at a young age, and he decided to take De Blasio, his mother’s maiden name, since his mother and father split and his father had a history of being an alcoholic.
2. Bill lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, Chirlane, and their children, Dante and Chiara.
3. Speaking of Chirlane, Bill’s wife is a very prominent political activist and poet — and admitted to being a lesbian in 1979 when she wrote a piece of Essence magazine called “I Am a Lesbian.” When asked if she still likes women, she answered, “I’m married, I’m monogamous, but I’m not dead, and Bill isn’t either.”
4. Bill is no stranger to presidential politics — he managed Hillary Clinton‘s campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2000!
5. Bill and Chirlane met while both working for NYC’s 1st African-American mayor, David N. Dinkins.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad Bill has been elected mayor of NYC? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee