The end of Mayor de Blasio’s White House dreams is just water off a lame duck’s back.
Hizzoner gave City Hall staffers pep talk on Wednesday after dropping out of the presidential race last week – insisting there’s still more work to be done with two years in office to go.
“We have 829 days – hell of a long time. It’s an eternity in terms of opportunity to make lasting change,” de Blasio said during the 20-minute speech, according to a City Hall staffer present. “We are racing to finishing line and we are going to run through to the last day. I know that is the spirit in this place.”
De Blasio ended his long-shot campaign for president on Friday after four months of low polling and mediocre fundraising.
But the mayor told more than 100 staffers that life on the campaign trail showed him how the city can inspire policies across the country. De Blasio recounted hearing “awe” when he describes what’s been accomplished in New York City, according to the staffer present for the speech where the mayor thanked his team.
“There is almost an assumption that because things are happening here, it’s something worth noting and learning from,” he said, according to the staffer. “The constant proclivity of this team to put whole new paradigms out there and how powerful and necessary that is – they need us to go first.”
He also said that sometimes failures are forgotten and that one must take big risks to enact change, noting the city has driven down crime while reducing stop-and-frisk and rolled out universal pre-K.
“The potential of what we can do is extraordinary because so much of our initial agenda is implemented,” he said.
De Blasio finished his speech by telling staff to prepare for an intense three months and two years.
“The dedicated public servants who come in every day to improve the lives of 8.6 million New Yorkers are some of our city’s hardest working,” de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said. “Today, the mayor thanked them for all that they do and made sure they know just how appreciated they are.”