Top Quotes from Bill de Blasio

My professional life has been about public service. My personal life I define very intently through my family.

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I am very much a Red Sox fan; I can name you more players than you could possibly imagine. It’s just part of who I am.

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I come personally from a broken family, divorced very early in my childhood, a family with its own share of troubles, so I think that was very influential in both me believing that someday I would consistently devote myself to my own family that I created, but I think it also really affects my view of the world.

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There is nothing wrong with listening. You can listen to people; you can hear people’s concerns. You can keep an open mind and still be perfectly strong.

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I have my loyalty to the team of my youth. Everyone I knew was a Red Sox fan. The team that I grew up with was constantly the underdog but managed to prevail.

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I think you can be smart and directed and focused, without being obnoxious, and get plenty done.

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I’ve always had a very positive relationship with the municipal labor unions – a respectful relationship.

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I think Bloomberg’s broad vision of the environment in New York City is something I agree with. I broadly stand with his vision for how to deal with climate change and prepare for future weather events.

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I think small business is struggling in New York City. It’s a fantastic market, it’s a very appealing market, there’s lots of opportunity, at the same time it’s a very difficult place to build a small business.

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I’m someone who does not like a bunker mentality and does not like groupthink.

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I love the MLB app, because I’m a pretty obsessed baseball fan.

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I didn’t set out with the notion of running for elective office; it sort of grew over time. And I honestly at times questioned if progressive change can be effected through elected office.

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My wife and family, to say the least, are the center of my life; they are my grounding. I don’t want to sound schmaltzy, but they are my inspiration and you name it.

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I have a bold plan to break from the Bloomberg years, and end the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ by providing real opportunity to all New Yorkers, no matter where they live.

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There are families of every kind. I think a lot of people are struggling to make sense of their identity in a very complicated world.

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As N.Y.C. Public Advocate, I released a report that showed that stop-and-frisks of African Americans in 2012 were barely half as likely to yield a weapon as those of white New Yorkers – and a third less likely to yield contraband. Despite this evidence, the vast majority of those stopped are young black and Latino men.

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I have an activist’s desire to improve people’s lives.

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Everyone I knew was a Red Sox fan. Living up there in 1967 – the Impossible Dream season – that moment was incredibly compelling. I just naturally gravitated to the team. Nineteen seventy-five was arguably the greatest World Series of all time.

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While this has been a private part of my family’s life, it is now clear a media story will soon emerge. My father tragically ended his life while battling terminal cancer in 1979.

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My parents were divorced when I was young. I was really brought up by my mother’s side of the family.

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Clearly, Mayor Bloomberg did some things right. I think he did a very good job on public health. He did a very good job on environment. I think he was right to achieve mayoral control of education. I don’t think he then applied it the right way.

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At a certain point, particularly in his third term, Mayor Bloomberg lost touch with the people he was serving.

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I think unionization is good public policy. I think when families secure their economic future, that’s good for everyone.

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Going back to high school and college, I believed I would be involved in public service. I literally could not conceptualize anything else.

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I think a lot of the best ideas come from the grassroots; I’m someone who does not like a bunker mentality and does not like groupthink.

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There are a lot of different demands on the campaign trail, but what matters most is that you connect with voters and take the time to really hear their concerns.

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