While the 100th day (April 10) is now upon us, our coverage of de Blasio's mayoralty will continue. As always, we'll focus on the complex, often overlooked stories that make up the larger narrative of New York.
For now, however, revisit the ups and downs of de Blasio's first three months in office through the links below:
What's at Stake in de Blasio's Mayoralty? Just About Everything: Not only is de Blasio moving from the low-profile, low-power post of public advocate—a kind of civic watchdog unique to New York and invisible to many of its citizens—to the enormous challenge of managing a $70 billion budget and occupying the most intimately scrutinized elected position in America. He has to do all that with the hopes of the progressive movement on his back.
De Blasio Takes Agenda National—Because He Has To: Mayors of New York have long sought and often gained a national spotlight, from John Lindsay's role investigating urban riots (before unsuccessfully running for president) to Rudy Giuliani's reputation as crime-fighter (before unsuccessfully running for president) to Mike Bloomberg's anti-gun and pro-environment stances (he considered running for president but didn't bother).
In Contest for Speaker, de Blasio Backs Progressive Caucus Member Melissa Mark-Viverito: The most important election that the voters don't get to vote on—the selection of New York's next City Council Speaker—is the consuming buzz in New York's political world on Wednesday.
Bloomberg Warns de Blasio About ‘Labor-Electoral' Complex: The complex the mayor is referring to is the sinister tendency of unions to support politicians who they like.
De Blasio Picks Another Insider for Child Welfare Chief: The pattern repeated itself Sunday with the appointment of Gladys Carrion to head the city's Administration for Children's Services, our child welfare agency, which investigates claims of child abuse and neglect, runs the local juvenile justice system and oversees childcare and other services. Carrion has headed ACS's state counterpart, the Office of Children and Family Services, since early 2007.
Goldman Sachs Vet to Oversee Housing, Development Under de Blasio: Fans of Alicia Glen, however, say she's not part of the "vampire squid" faction of Goldman's operation.
Candor and Control: The Chiara de Blasio Video: De Blasio is not some airbrushed political chameleon. But the video released on Christmas Eve in which de Blasio's daughter Chiara revealed her struggles with depression, alcohol and pot will only harden the impression that Blasio is more spin than substance.
De Blasio's Managerial Inspiration: Mike Bloomberg? : On one hand, the manager-in-chief label sells the former mayor short: he was in many ways, from the rezonings to the school reforms to the health stuff, more visionary—whether we liked the vision or not—than a mere bean-counter. More importantly, the Bloomberg management record was sometimes distinctly un-crisp.
The Names: de Blasio and the Meaning of Diversity: If you're thinking, gee, that kind of crude ethnic tally sounds like, well, a crude ethic tally, you'd be right. But what goes to the heart of the political obstacle facing Latinos in New York, is precisely that getting a token number of appointments will not be enough.
Bonus Question: What Does a Progressive School Policy Really Look Like? : Progressive voices in education cheered Carmen Fariña's selection. The big question, of course, is what it will mean in practice, in the schools.
‘De Blasio Matters,' and Now He's Mayor: There are conventions in politics as dependable as the tides. For instance, once elected, a politician's rhetoric shifts from the inspirational to the incremental, and after months of saying nasty things about their opponent, they make nice. Both tendencies aid and comfort the status quo. In the weeks since he was elected mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has abided by neither custom.
De Blasio Inauguration: The Cautionary Clinton Tale: For progressives, there were a lot of inspiring things about Bill de Blasio's formal swearing in as mayor on Wednesday: prayers that recognized the city's incredible diversity, the dignity of Harry Belafonte, the power of poet Ramya Ramana, and the way all three citywide officials (the mayor, Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer) so passionately articulated elements of the progressive agenda. Then there was President Clinton.
Will Tish James Back Bill de Blasio, or Shove Him? : In the forty-eight hours since the festivities on the City Hall patio, James has had to clarify remarks that seemed to suggest she was a source for the December New York Times series that profiled Coates, one of the city's 20,000 homeless youth. And de Blasio has rebuffed suggestions that his swearing-in ceremony was over the top in its Bloomberg-hating.