NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A year ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was an overlooked New York City mayoral candidate who was coldly received by a small group of business leaders when he outlined his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund a universal pre-kindergarten program.
He returned to the same gathering on Friday, making a similar speech. But political circumstances surrounding the candidate have changed.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Family Speaks Publicly For 1st Time Since Her Body Was Found: 'We Can't Let Her Name Be Taken In Vain'
De Blasio is now the Democratic nominee for mayor with a huge lead in the polls, and the crowd that packed a Times Square hotel ballroom greeted him with a standing ovation.
“We all benefit when the middle class is growing, and more of our fellow citizens are lifted out of poverty,” de Blasio said. “Over the course of this past year, our case has only grown stronger.”