Bill de Blasio’s Biography
Provided by the de Blasio campaign
From his early days as a community activist to his current position as Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio has spent his life fighting to ensure every New Yorker gets a fair shot. Bill began his career in public service as a junior staffer for Mayor David N. Dinkins, and then moved to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1999, Bill joined District 15’s School Board in Brooklyn, and in 2000, Hillary Clinton asked Bill to manage her historic campaign for the U.S. Senate. Two years later, he started his eight-year service in the City Council, where he won new investments in early childhood education, and wrote landmark tenants’ rights legislation. Elected Public Advocate in 2009, Bill de Blasio helped stop thousands of teacher layoffs, saved good neighborhood schools, helped protect firehouses that were on the chopping block, and fought for just compensation for brave first responders who fell ill as a result of their heroic work following 9/11. De Blasio lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife Chirlane McCray. De Blasio and Chirlane have two children, Chiara and Dante, both of whom have attended New York City public schools.
Recent CBSNewYork coverage of Bill de Blasio:
- Drivers React To De Blasio’s Plan To Ease Traffic Congestion In NYC
- Demanding Answers: Did Homeless Get The Heave-Ho Before De Blasio Appearance?
- New York City Mayor De Blasio Says He Won’t Be Rooting For The Yankees
- Insults Thrown Like Bar Stools As Candidates Slug It Out In Mayoral Debate
- NYC Monuments Review Commission Holds First Meeting Behind Closed Doors
- New Yorkers Demand Restitution For Property Damaged During Statewide Facelift