By: Hadassa Kalatizadeh
On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio took pains to enumerate his own praises, sparking further rumors that he may be eying a run for NYS governor.
As his tenure as mayor comes to a close, the 60-year-old Democrat boasted his own record and announced new initiatives in campaign-style speeches which took place in Harlem churches. As reported by the NY Post, he touted his education record and proposed statewide year-round schooling, which would be funded by increased taxes for the upper class. “Here’s what I want to create in this city in this whole state … Every family should have a guarantee, every family should know that your child can be in a safe, positive place, not just until the school day ends at 2:30 or 3 o’clock, but until the end of the afternoon, the end of the workday. It should be a guarantee,” said de Blasio at Bethel Gospel Assembly Church. “It should be a right for every family to know that, if you want your child there the whole day long, you can have that.”
The 11th-hour Mayor then went on to propose the option of summer school for all Empire State students, describing a “beautiful, positive time” modeled after NYC’s new summer-school program known as “Summer Rising.” “How about every family has a right in summer, if they want their child in a positive environment, if they want their child yes and the recreation, arts and culture that the fun, but also to get academic support throughout the summer to build them up?” he said from the church pulpit.
Mayor de Blasio, who will relinquish the title to Eric Adams at the end of the year, also reminisced about his 2013 campaign promise to enact universal pre-kindergarten in NYC. “The establishment in this town said it would never happen. But you believed, in fact, you demanded it. And, today, in New York City, full-day, high-quality pre-K is a universal right for every child,” he boasted at First Corinthian Baptist Church. “And now we’re almost to the point of we’re gonna have universal 3K — every 3-year-old for free, uplifted, supported, every family knows they can depend on.”
So far the Mayor has stopped short of announcing that he will run against Gov. Kathy Hochul for the June gubernatorial primary, which already has a crowded list of Democratic hopefuls. “In the weeks ahead,” the mayor responded on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’, when asked when he will officially announce his bid, “I’ll certainly have more to say about that.”