Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed Bill de Blasio for New York City mayor saying the candidate’s vision of progressive change will make him a great leader of the largest U.S. city.
“Whether it’s ensuring pre-kindergarten is available for every four-year old, expanding after-school programs for every middle school student who wants and needs them, making affordable housing available for more New York families and preserving community hospitals, Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time,” Obama was quoted as saying by de Blasio’s camp.
The Democratic candidate, who beat eight rivals in the primary two weeks ago by garnering 40 percent of votes, said he was honored by the endorsement.
“If I am fortunate to earn the trust of the people of New York on November 5th, I will work every day to advance our shared value of making sure everyone has a fair shot. On health care, tax fairness or the economy, the President is no stranger to addressing big problems with big ideas and big solutions. I will emulate the example he has set, and if elected I stand eager to work with him on an urban agenda that grows prosperity for all,” de Blasio said in a post on his campaign website.
De Blasio will face Joseph J. Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudolph W. Giuliani, and former chairman of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in the Nov. 5 mayoral elections.