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14 Facts About Bill De Blasio

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Bill de Blasio is an American politician who is the 109th mayor of New York City.

The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous city in the United States.

The Mayor of the City of New York is head of the executive branch of New York City's government.

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From 2010 to 2013, he held the citywide office of New York City public advocate.

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He formerly was a New York City Council member, representing the 39th district in Brooklyn, which contains Borough Park, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Kensington, Park Slope, and Windsor Terrace.

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015.

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De Blasio, the Democratic Party nominee for mayor of New York City in the 2013 election, defeated Republican Joe Lhota with more than 73 percent of the vote.

Joseph J. "Joe" Lhota is a former American politician and a former public servant.

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De Blasio is the first Democratic mayor of the city since David Dinkins, from 1990 to 1993.

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He ran for mayor promising to end stop and frisk and improve relations between the New York City Police Department and many New Yorkers, especially African Americans and Hispanics.

In the United States, a Terry stop is a brief detention of a person by police on reasonable suspicion of involvement in criminal activity but short of probable cause to arrest.

The New York City Police Department, officially the City of New York Police Department, is the largest municipal police force in the United States.

African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

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His tenure has seen a spike in anti-police protests and disaffection with law enforcement, and he has been charged by the NYPD union with putting the interests of protesters above those of the police.

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He initiated new de-escalation training for officers, reduced prosecutions for cannabis possession, and oversaw the beginning of body cameras worn by police.

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De Blasio approved a $41 million settlement for the five men whose convictions in the 1989 Central Park jogger case were overturned and ended a post-9/11 surveillance program to monitor Muslim residents in the city.

The Central Park jogger case concerned the assault, rape, and sodomy of Trisha Meili, a female jogger, and attacks on others in New York City's Central Park, on April 19, 1989.

Central Park is an urban park in middle-upper Manhattan, within New York City.

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De Blasio ran for mayor touting himself as a populist concerned with the stark level of economic inequality in New York City, which he called the "tale of two cities".

Populism is a political ideology that holds that virtuous citizens are mistreated by a small circle of elites, who can be overthrown if the people recognize the danger and work together.

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Towards that end, he passed free universal Pre-K in the city, although his effort to start a millionaire tax was rejected by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo.

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He also advocated for the Rent Act of 2015, which created an unprecedented rent freeze citywide for rent-stabilized apartments.

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De Blasio proposed a multi-year plan to boost the supply of affordable housing in the city, and will seek approval by the City Council in early 2016.

Affordable housing is housing deemed affordable to those with a median household income as rated by country, State, region or municipality by a recognized Housing Affordability Index.

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His plan would allow developers to gain favorable zoning ordinances and build taller buildings in exchange for constructing affordable units.

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