After 100 days in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver an address at Cooper Union today.
It's billed as a speech about New York City's future, but he is also expected to touch on some of his accomplishments. That includes a deal on pre-k and an expansion of the city's paid sick leave law.
"I feel very good about where we've ended up," de Blasio told the New York Times.
But getting the deal on pre-k required a fight with Albany, as many lawmakers opposed the mayor's plan to raises taxes on the city's wealthiest residents.
De Blasio admitted to "moments of disagreement" with Governor Andrew Cuomo and indicated he would now focus on issues that didn't require the state's approval.
"We are going to focus on what we can do for our own people, with our own tools," he said.
De Blasio now plans to turn his attention to affordable housing and increasing the wages of workers.
During his first 100 days in office, there have also been setbacks for the mayor. He was criticized for the city's response to the winter snow storms. A vehicle de Blasio was riding in was also caught on video speeding and running a stop sign, after he pledged to reduce traffic fatalities in the city.
The mayor has also gained a reputation for often being late to events. It's a criticism he brushed aside.
"George W. Bush was punctual," de Blasio said. "Unfortunately, he left the nation in worse shape than how he found it."
A poll out earlier this week found that 49 percent of New Yorkers approve of the job the mayor is doing. Thirty six percent disapprove.
Source: New York Times
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