Bill de Blasio talks transition in downtown tent
Six weeks before Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, the mayor-elect spoke about transition efforts in a tent downtown where New Yorkers continue to share their ideas for the next administration.
“If you give people a chance to offer their ideas, you’ll find an extraordinary number of New Yorkers who have positive, productive ideas,” de Blasio said Wednesday at the Talking Transition tent on Canal Street in Manhattan.
Dotting most surfaces in the front room of the tent where de Blasio spoke are hundreds of stickers where visitors took advantage of that opportunity, offering up suggestions form the serious — “continue to foster new development” — to the unrealistic — “less rules.”
Talking Transition aims to engage the public during the city’s first transfer of power in 12 years. The tent hosts panels and discussions with various community and nonprofit groups.
Christopher Stone, president of Open Society Foundations, which has funded the project along with other foundations, told de Blasio that over 10,000 New Yorkers have visited the tent since Nov. 9.
De Blasio said that the effort was “extraordinary” and goes hand-in-hand with what he and his transition team are trying to accomplish.
After announcing those on a 60-person transition committee, de Blasio stressed his team was “right on track” in making appointments.
“We feel great about where we stand in the timeline,” he said.
The mayor-elect said he has met with former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and other candidates for the job of top cop. Many people have come forward to declare their interest in working for the administration, too.
“Have faith,” de Blasio said with a grin.
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