Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio

20131106_Elect_hp-slide-XWRT-hpMediumAs the polls have closed, the exit polls have shown that Bill de Blasio is the next mayor of New York City, becoming the first Democrat elected to the office since the 1980’s.

The campaign is  celebrating at the same armory in Brooklyn  that this time last year housed victims of Hurricane Sandy.  In his neighborhood of Park Slope, de Blasio greeted an energetic crowd of supporters, dressed smartly in matching red, all smiles and dancing to the music.

His wife, Chirlane McCray, opened the celebration. “Bill always makes me proud, but never have I been more proud of him as I am tonight,”  she said, adding with a laugh, “From our family to your family I give you the next mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.”

De Blasio walked out to the song “Royals” by Lorde, and greeted a packed armory. After thanking his family and addressing the crowd, he said, “There is a new direction for our city, united.” He continued, “Our city should leave no New Yorker behind.”

Touching on the economic division of the city, he said that “ability to succeed should not be defined by their zip code.” His message of uniting the city was at the heart of his speech.

He promised, “I will never stop fighting for the city I love, and I will never forget as mayor. I work for you.”

This is a hopeful moment for the city. As the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” played, the de Blasio family embraced before sending New York City an air kiss. New York City apparently loves them too.

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