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Chirlane McCray

Chirlane I. McCray (born 1954) is a writer, poet, editor, communications professional and political figure.

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De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray talks about *** past she was on w/Tamron Hall. Why is her opinion so valued?
What two years in Gracie Mansion have meant for Chirlane McCray, by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
What two years in the Gracie Mansion have meant for Chirlane McCray.
Great op-ed by Mayor & calling for over-the-counter access to to help save lives https…
Some people are just quiet - they don't need to be talking all the time and...
In a gift straight from black Jesus, this week's cover is Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on Chirlane https:/…
Chirlane McCray and the Limits of First-Ladyship, via
McCray and the limits of First Lady-ship
De Blasio and McCray: We can save the lives of opioid addicts right now via
NYC's First Lady Chirlane McCray: Don't vote for a candidate just because she's a woman via
De Blasio and McCray: We can save addicts' lives Try saving the lives of people who had no choi…
NYC First Lady tells me why Hillary has earned votes from women - and not just because she's a woman.
Chirlane McCray's security team 'uncooperative' @ jury duty deB also has security affinity
First Lady Chirlane McCray visits with Far Rockaway woman whose Sandy damaged home was repaired by the Mayor's Fund.
Chirlane McCray, First Lady of NY, makes an appearance at and schmoozes with Barry Diller and Diane Sawyer
De Blasio sked: BdB & wife vote tmrw, "closed press", does not list location. Will it be Bklyn or Manhattan?
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Incredibly thankful for and for all their hard work via
NYC's First Lady set to reveal Roadmap for dealing with crisis.
Proud of Kaela's article on McCray's roadmap to address NYC mental health crisis -
First Lady Chirlane McCray still gets to enjoy the first day of school, she says, at SI press conference
."Mental illness touches the lives of most New Yorkers”
Kim Davis would probably issue a license to Chirlane McCray to marry a man in spite of her former *** life.
When & Chirlane McCray enter the restaurant where you're celebrating debut, you have only one instinct (1/2)...
When unveils a 'mental health roadmap' it will focus on awareness & intertwining MH services with others:
We couldn't agree more with "Let's get serious about building a healthier country."
.on the vision for services in our City - led by Chair and →
First Lady of New York McCray gushes over LED dress
This is my mom captivating Mayor DeBlasio and Chirlane McCray at the West Indian Day parade…
McCray sitting front row for the show
and his wife McCray are talking about universal Pre-K on
NYC Mayor wife McCray has new children’s book via
Mayor De Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray to do joint appearance on Morning Joe Tuesday
to Chirlane McCray, Chuck Davis, and Wendy Whelan at the Bessies last year. Heros of Dance and…
NYCMayorsFund: Chair Chirlane on CNN: "Let's get serious about building a healthier country" →
"Our inattention to mental illness is a public health crisis that requires a public health solution."
Chair on "Let's get serious about building a healthier country" →
Fewer guns just a first step to stop killings
Best gun control is teaching to value human life... all human life.
New op-ed by Fewer guns just a first step to stop the killings
NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray on gun control: . "Many acts of violence happen far from the public eye. Domestic...
Deputy Mayor will work with to create a more effective system. Learn more:
Together, Deputy Mayor and will help create a more effective mental health system:
New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray provides more details on city's plan to address mental illness.
"I'm proud of my wife McCray for heading the new movement." -
Dearest Ms. McCray : Neighborhood Housing Services of N.Y.C. would enjoy the presences of yourself and our Mayor at our gala.
Another miracle; First Lady of the City of New York, Chirlane McCray . continues mental health inclusionHarlem
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Chirlane McCray, in Evolving Role and in Song, Finds Her Voice via NYT
"Sharpton's former aide Noerdlinger is adviser to the wife of NY Mayor Bill De Blasio, Chirlane McCray."
Chirlane McCray, the wife of De Blasio, named Roxanne John, the executive director of Gracie Mansion, as her new...
Kate Middleton, Chirlane McCray out in royal fashion What Kate wore...
Who's this upstaging the Duchess of Cambridge in New York?
Thanks for quoting me here: "Fans Flock to Kate Middleton as She Visits Harlem"
& City's First Lady Chirlane McCray are greeted by children,in 8/12
Weird day. MT: Kate Middleton and Chirlane McCray visited the Harlem Child Development Center this morning
great coverage. Chirlane McCray held her own in that fab coat! Kate Middleton’s New York Rounds
Kate Middleton touring NYC child development center with Chi
The woman upstaging the Duchess of Cambridge in New York:
Fans flock to Kate Middleton as she visits Harlem
World The woman upstaging Kate in New York: THE Duchess of Cambridge is treating New York to her signatu...
Kate Middleton, Chirlane McCray out in royal fashion
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill De Blasio, in a visit to the...
Kate Middleton, Chirlane McCray out in royal fashion - .
Kate Middleton, Chirlane McCray out in royal fashion - New York Daily News
Kate Middleton, Chirlane McCray out in royal fashion: Middleton donned a mod black swing coat that would suit ...
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Chirlane McCray at a child development center in Harlem:
I didn't care about the wedding, the baby, or anything but Kate Middleton meets Beyonce & Chirlane McCray and I'm like "Kate's my family."
Puerto Ricans celebrate their heritage at Gracie Mansion. Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray...
Mayor Bill De Blasio blasted the attention being given to his wife Chirlane McCray's personally embattled chief of staff, Rachel Noerdlinger, instead of to w...
NYC doctor leaves hospital Ebola-free, warns against ‘stigma and threats’ A New York doctor who has recovered from Ebola left the hospital on Tuesday and urged support for U.S. health workers treating patients in West Africa so they do not face "stigma and threats" when they return home. The discharge of Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who worked with Ebola patients in Guinea and had been held in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center since he was diagnosed with the virus on Oct. 23, means no one in the United States is being treated for the disease. Looking gaunt but happy, Spencer high-fived Bellevue nurses and was hugged by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, the city's First Lady Chirlane McCray and a handful of other officials at a news conference before his release. "My infection represents a fraction of the more than 13,000 reported cases in West Africa, the center of the outbreak," said Spencer, a physician from NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center who worked overseas with Doctors Wit ...
The chief of staff to Mayor Bill De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, is reportedly being investigated by the NYC Investigations Dept. over information she did not disclose in a background check before she was hired. Rachel Noerdlinger, 43, did not make the department aware that she was living with he…
Chirlane McCray's top aide stays close to former boss Rev. Al Sharpton following death of Staten Island dad
Why New York City's First Lady Chirlane McCray is inspiring via
Why New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray is inspiring via
Coverage of New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray's candid talk about motherhood raises the question of why we are so quick to label a woman a bad mother.
Joy Reid weighs in on the New York Post’s criticism of Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City, whose mothering skills were questioned after a quote taken out of context.
The conversation on "Morning Joe" about the NY Magazine article about Chirlane McCray is painful. Five white people--three women, two men--trying to be sympathetic to McCray in the wake of attacks on her as a "bad mother," trying to be respectful of her role as an "equal partner," "close advisor," "optics guru," etc., while steadfastly avoiding any mention on race--or, Goddess forbid, the intersection of race and gender. This is why the world (and MSNBC) needs Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Reid, Tamron Hall, Karen Finney. Darnell L. Moore, let's add this to the list!
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Cindy Adams hosts Chirlane McCray for a meeting of the real-life ladies who lunch
Mayor acknowledges the City failed Caribbean Teachers (Including Guyanese teachers) Saturday, April 5, 2014 2:24 am At Last a Mayor acknowledged the City failed Caribbean Teachers Tony Best. Almost two decades after hundreds of Caribbean teachers were first wooed to New York City classrooms but left in the lurch a Mayor has acknowledged the City didn’t live up to its promises to the West Indians. And while Mayor Bill De Blasio who took office in January after his landslide victory in the November elections didn’t say what City Hall would do about the failure of the Board of Education which is now the Department of Education would do about the broken promises, he vowed to ensure that the matter was resolved once and for all. “Promises to the Caribbean teachers were not kept,” De Blasio told journalists and ethnic media owners and other representatives at a round table session at City Hall which was also attending by the First Lady, Chirlane McCray and senior officials of various agencies including ...
What's NYC's commie mayor up to these days? Besides breaking all sorts of moving violations in his speeding SUV, "the mayor failed to disclose a meeting he and wife Chirlane McCray held at City Hall with top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett — until after it was over." ...
On February 27th, the Honorable Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn’s newest Borough President, along with Minister Lamor Whitehead, Founder of Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Will be celebrating Black History Month at the Historic Boys and Girls High School The Theme is “One Brooklyn Honors” We will be honoring notable elected officials along with celebrities that have paved the way for our youth today. Some of the confirmed honoree’s are: Chirlane Mccray ~ First Lady of New York ( Wife of Mayor Bill De Blasio) Bishop Hezekiah Walker- Gospel singer, Pastor Arnez Barron ~Council Woman Pastor Cheryl Anthony ~ Director of Faith Base for the NY DA’s office Ronnie Wright ~ Celebrity Photographer Ralph Mcdaniels ~ creator of Video Music Box Walter Jones ~SONY ATV executive Cynthia Horner ~Editor of Right on Magazine Derek Anderson ~NBA Player, entrepreneur Reggie Bush ~ NFL Player ~ Detroit Lions “Leaders – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” *doors open at 5 pm*
Every day is Valentine's Day for Mayor De Blasio. In interviews and at each public event Chirlane McCray attends, the mayor throws his wife a verbal bouquet. He's called her his "guiding light," his "best friend" and his "soulmate."
Mayor Bill De Blasio picked his wife Chirlane McCray to be chairwoman of The Mayor's
Mayor Bill De Blasio confirmed that he is appointing his wife, Chirlane McCray, to chair the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, a voluntary, unpaid position, the mayor announced in a press release from his office.
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio responded to the New York Post cartoon depicted the sex life of he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, during a Saturday, December ...
Chirlane McCray speaks in Brooklyn — without De Blasio
Both the Times Union and the Daily Freeman News featured the story of Junior Troop 2260 of Masjid Khalifah, Brooklyn, who got a surprise visit from Mayor Bill De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray, and Senator Bill Perkins while volunteering at the Community Kitchen of West Harlem yesterday.
While it's not clear yet what her agenda will be as New York City's First Lady, Chirlane McCray perhaps has given a clue in her first staff appointment. She named Rachel Noerdlinger of Al Sharpton's National...
Bill De with with an to the against the Ed Pilkington New York The Observer, Saturday 4 January 2014 12.36 GMT Jump to comments (0) Bill De Blasio and family Bill De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray, second right, and children Chiara and Dante wave to crowd after his inauguration. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP Seven inches of snow dumped over New York on his second day in office is not the only blizzard Bill De Blasio, the newly instated mayor, is having to negotiate. He is also heading into a over his plans to by taxes on the very rich. The 109th mayor used his inaugural speech on 1 January to issue a liberal clarion call of the type not heard in New York – or arguably anywhere else in the US – for at least 20 years. As the first Democratic mayor to take office in the city since 1994, he vowed to take on what he has dubbed "the Tale of Two Cities" – the vast income gap that sets a sparkling and buoyant Manhattan apart from the grinding poverty found in the outer boroughs. The pledge pits De Blasio, a t ...
CONGRATULATIONS GREAT Mayor Bill De Blasio .MAY YOUR RULE AS THE NEW MAYOR OF NEW YORK BLESSED THE NEW YORK-ANS. MAY YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CLINTONITES REMAIN PROSPEROUS AND CORDIAL. Sworn-in De Blasio pledges to take on 'tale of two cities' in NYC New York (CNN) -- Bill De Blasio, who campaigned on a progressive agenda that he said would narrow the widening gap between the rich and poor in the nation's largest city, was sworn in Wednesday as New York's 109th mayor. On a chilly first day of 2014, former President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office at a ceremony outside City Hall using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Clinton's wife, Hillary, a former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate, also attended. De Blasio and the Clintons: The ties that bind? De Blasio took the oath with his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the couple's children, Chiara and Dante, at his side. His November electoral victory ended a long losing streak for Democrats that began whe ...
NEW YORK: Former President Bill Clinton administers the oath of office to Bill De Blasio as the mayor’s wife, ...
NYC Mayor Inauguration Memorable for Nanette Lepore. The designer suited up his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their...
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NYC Mayor's Wife and Daughter Step Out in Nanette Lepore: During the mayoral inauguration of Bill De Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Chia...
Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio will officially take the oath office at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2014 in an “intimate ceremony” inside his Park Slope home, his transition team announced evening. Mr. De Blasio will be sworn in by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The private midnight ceremony, which will be attended by his wife, Chirlane McCray and kids Dante and Chiara, and will be closed to the press, but will be live-streamed on the city’s official site, NYC.gov. “We are excited to share this important moment with the people of New York,” Mr. De Blasio said in a statement. “From live-streaming the midnight swearing-in to reserving tickets for the general public to the ceremony at City Hall, Inauguration 2014 will be open and accessible to people from across the five boroughs.” Mr. De Blasio’s Brooklyn Street will be closed to all traffic beginning at 10 p.m. for the occasion. He will be sworn in the following day at noon by former President Bill Clinton at a public inauguration on the steps ...
Would someone please explain to me the choice of hat by Mayor De Blasio's daughter?
If you want to buy McCray (deblasio's) stylish coat from inaguration. here
Mayor Bill De Blasio is expected to make bold statements and changes as New York City's new mayor -- but his wife...
FYI: Today's Chirlane McCray and Chiara De Blasio wore coats by to NYC's Jan. 1 inauguration
You should introduce the new NYC First Lady & Daughter to your Brooklyn born & made line...
One day in and already Mayor De Blasio's wife and daughter are making bold statements
Nanette Lepore suited up Chirlane McCray and Chiara De Blasio for Bill De Blasio’s inauguration:
HARRY BELAFONTE: When Bill De Blasio stepped into the campaign to determine who would be the leader of the city of New York, he stated that he would not let this city remain a community divided. He would no longer let this city linger in the shadows as a parallel story to Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. He inspired us. We listened. And we overwhelmingly responded with a joyous sense that all things were possible. We made him our mayor. While it is encouraging to know that the statistics have indicated a recent drop in our city’s murder rate, New York, alarmingly, plays a tragic role in the fact that our nation has the largest prison population in the world. Much of that problem stems from issues of race, perpetuated by the depth of human indifference to poverty. Changing the stop-and-frisk law is—as important as it is, the change of a law is only the tip of the iceberg in fixing our deeply Dickensian justice system. Bill De Blasio has been overwhelmingly mandated to make many, who for much t ...
As soon as oath was done, First Lady Chirlane McCray popped up from her seat for a photo op.
If it's true that people are born homosexual, then how can it be said of Chirlane McCray De Blasio that she is a former ***
BdB jokes that wife Chirlane McCray is now insisting he call her First Lady at home. It's a bit "formal," he says, but he's going w/ it.
Front row -- on the dais, not audience -- of swearing-in of Bill Bratton: NYC First Lady McCray.
Chirlane McCray smiled when she was introduced here at 1PP as NYC's First Lady.
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First Lady Chirlane McCray is front/center at Bratton swearing-in ceremony at 1PP.
There only seems to be one poem by Chirlane McCray online, and that dating from 1983. She is always identified as a poet, but does she still write poetry? Has anyone read her work beside that one ("I Used to Think")?
Check out the swearing-in outfits for New York's new First Lady and first daughter.
Chirlane McCray's inauguration dress was super cute, and is still available:
1st lady of McCray so chic in coat & brooch&earrings @ inauguration!
Chirlane McCray, 1st lady of NYC and daughter Chiara are wearing Nanette Lepore at the inauguration of new NY City mayo…
The new First Lady and First Daughter of NYC have some serious style
Photoset: nanettelepore: Chirlane McCray and Chiara De Blasio wear Nanette Lepore to the inauguration of...
vows on to 'of strikes resolutely at In pictures: De Blasio in twice • New Yorkers share their for city led by De Blasio Ed Pilkington in New York The Guardian, Thursday 2 January 2014 Jump to comments (35) bill De Blasio sworn in Bill De Blasio stands with his daughter Chiara, son Dante and wife Chirlane McCray after becoming New York City's 109th mayor. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York City reclaimed its title as the progressive of on Wednesday when it inaugurated its new mayor, Bill De Blasio, as its and avowedly mayor in two decades. America’s most populous city ushered in its new administration in a celebrity-studded ceremony on the steps of City Hall. The historic nature of the event was underlined by the presence on stage of David Dinkins, New York’s last Democratic mayor, who left office on 31 December 1993. The change of direction from the business-friendly stewardship of billionaire Michael Bloomberg to the unashamed emphasis on equality and social justice of the incoming ma ...
Chirlane McCray just might be the most interesting First Lady yet. Learn more about her past in her interview with HuffPost Live. Subscribe to HuffPost Live ...
I envy the men who live life without ever experiencing having a Michelle Obama, or Chirlane McCray type in their lives whether relationship or friendship. They just seem to bring out the absolute best in their counterparts partially because they help mold them. I am a jealous yet hopeful imperfect brother.
"This city needs more creative entrepreneurs like Nanette Lepore who are committed to keeping our city's garment industry thriving." -Chirlane McCray
“I’m thrilled to dress Chirlane McCray and Chiara for the inauguration. I look forward to working with the De Blasio administration to preserve the legacy of craftsmanship and manufacturing in New York City,” -Nanette on dressing New York's new First Lady and Daughter
"Chiara and I are proud to wear this beautiful clothing today, that was made right here in New York City." -Chirlane McCray on wearing Nanette to Mayor Bill De Blasio's inauguration
Poor Kim Catullo. She expected to become the first *** First Lady of New York City today, but Chirlane McCray beat her to it. (For those who don't understand, Catullo is the "wife" of Christine Quinn, once the frontrunner for NYC mayor. McCray is the author of the Essence Magazine essay, "I Am a *** " who is married to Bill deBlasio, the Democrat who was inaugurated mayor of New York earlier today.)
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When New York City voters chose Bill De Blasio to be their mayor, they were also electing a new kind of First Lady in Chirlane McCray—the outspoken activist, political strategist, mother of two, sexuality-fluid, ever-feminist kind.
2014 - New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and his family (Chiara De Blasio, Dante De Blasio and Chirlane McCray).
That would be more 'How I Met Your Father,' in this case. First Lady-to-be (in around nine hours from now) Chirlane McCray on Tuesday treated daughter Chiara and son Dante to a glimpse of
Chirlane McCray, whose race, gender and evolving sexuality once made her feel like an outsider, has an outsize role in the mayoral campaign of her husband, Bill De Blasio.
Something to think about when we are told People can't change. A Very Timely and Most Inconvenient TRUTH What does a label have to do with fate - nothing. There is a lot to admire about Chirlane McCray, the wife of Bill De Blasio, newly elected mayor of NYC. One of th...
NY Magazine is reporting that “Before she was married to New York City public advocate and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio, Chirlane McCray was a *** “ How is this possible?
"But, I’ve spent my life as a Black girl a nappy-headed, no-haired, fat-lipped, big-bottomed Black girl and the poem will surely come out wrong like me." I Used to Think ©1983 Chirlane McCray I used to think I can’t be a poet because a poem is being everything you can be in one moment, speaking…
From the Daily Beast: OUTRAGE Cohen: Race Comments Misunderstood There’s something to be said for defending your words despite the entire Internet being against you. The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen said Wednesday that “it’s a slander” to suggest that he does not support interracial marriage. In Cohen’s column about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday, he wrote that “people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York—a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a *** )” Cohen insisted the offending statements were describing how he believes Tea Party Republicans feel, not how he himself feels. “This is just below the belt,” he said of the criticism. “It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote.”
Chirlane McCray, the Wife of Bill De Blasio, Is a Fan of Anni Kuan: Among her fans is Chirlane McCray, New Yor...
Mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio performs a dance with his wife Chirlane McCray and his son Dante (left) as they participate at the city's annual West Indian Day Parade along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2013.
Bill De Blasio, mayor of New York City, to take office with black wife, Chirlane McCray, the progression of a racist age.
Today was Historic Sunday at CCC. Service began with an extraordinary tribute to the late South African President Nelson Mandela. Our Arts Ministry loved on us with African songs and some performed a Afican dance that resonated in our souls! In attendance was, Senator Charles E. Shumer, Bill De Blasio (Mayor Elect) and his wife Chirlane McCray, Letitia James (Public Advocate- Elect) the 1st black and 1st female for New York City, followed by Ken Thompson, Brooklyn's 1st black District Attorney. And last but not least the Rev. Al Sharpton, our Guest Speaker who gave us some insight in regards to the Nelson Mandela he knew coupled with a powerful sermon. Yes, CCC we are a blessed and highly favored people. God is so Great!
Dear friends. Join me this Tuesday to celebrate Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls—NYC’s extraordinary summer camp and year long champion for self-esteem and collaborative music education for girls. Named after iconic and radical blues woman Big Mama Thornton--our program champions diversity, self-love and creativity among the girls ages 4 to 21 that we serve. The amazing Chirlane McCray, Bill De Blasio’s wife is on the host committee. Their daughter Chiara De Blasio is a Camp alumnus! This party makes possible the work that we do at Camp. The tickets range from $35-$250 and are tax deductible. Even if you cannot make it-your contribution is invaluable. tickets here:
Saw Bill De Blasio and Chirlane McCray walking into a restaurant a block away from our apartment. I was kind of star struck by his height.
another NYT reference to Chirlane McCray as "poet & writer" tho recent jobs have been at Citigroup, consulting firm http:/…
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Another milestone is passing in America's racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife. Even in a nation with a biracial president, where interracial marriage is more accepted and common than ever, Bill De Blasio's marriage to Chirlane McCray is remarkable: He is apparently the first white politician in U.S. history elected to a major office with a black spouse by his side. This simple fact is striking a deep chord in many people as De Blasio prepares to take office on Jan. 1, with McCray playing a major role in his administration. "It reflects the American values of embracing different races, ethnicities, religions. I think it's just a great symbol," said William Cohen, the former Maine senator and Secretary of Defense, who is married to a black woman. Cohen was already a senator when he started dating Janet Langhart, a black television journalist. He proposed several times, but she feared that her race would hurt Cohen's political future. They married in 1996, a few w ...
New post: White mayor, black wife: Bill De Blasio and Chirlane McCray shatter an image in New York City
In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio, right, kisses his wife Chirlane McCray after casting his primary vote at the Park Slope Public Library in Brooklyn borough of New York. In July 2013, a Gallup poll found that 87 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage...
Big up to the people of New York who voted for Mayor Bill De Blasio and his adorable wife Chirlane McCray. May God bless them to do the work that is set before them. One love.
Richard Cohen isn't the first columnist to treat New York Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray as an oddity. Maureen Dowd beat him to it.
New York's new Mayor Bill De Blasio vows different leadership AP | Nov 10, 2013, 06.34 AM IST NEW YORK: New York City's newly elected mayor says he will run the nation's largest city with a very different leadership style: a hands-on approach that draws upon two decades in politics, with significant input from his poet-activist wife. "I think it's fair to say the most important voice in my life is Chirlane McCray," Bill De Blasio said after a landslide victory Tuesday that made him the city's first Democratic mayor since 1989. "In terms of a formal role, in terms of what kind of specific issues she may focus on, that will take some time to work out." De Blasio, who is white, and McCray, who is African-American, met while they both worked for former Mayor David Dinkins in the early 1990s. The couple often draw comparisons to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and De Blasio has worked for both. DeBlasio and McCray worked closely on strategy during De Blasio's mayoral win. McCray joined most political meetings ...
Congrats! Just 2 b sure, ya aren't iving in Park Slope with your wife & poet Chirlane McCray would ya?
The relationship between Bill De Blasio, who is white, and Chirlane McCray, who is black, was once a spectacle even on the multiethnic streets of New York City.
Quick facts on your New Mayor: • At 6 feet 5 inches he is the tallest mayor ever. Taller than John Lindsay, who was 6 feet 3 inches and was elected mayor in 1965. • In his 20s, colleagues referred to him as “Big Bird with a beard.” • He speaks Italian (well) and Spanish (decently). • In the early ’90s, he lived in a basement bachelor pad in Astoria, Queens. His answering machine greeting often quoted lyrics or poetry. • He then courted a *** writer, now his wife, Chirlane McCray, and moved to Park Slope. • He is 52; she, 58. They are the city’s first interracial mayor and First Lady. • He is the first mayor to live in Brooklyn since Abraham D. Beame, who was elected in 1973. • He does impersonations, including Charles Rangel, Bill Clinton and a goose. • He is a Red Sox fan. (um this must change!)
5 things to know about Chirlane McCray, who might be NYC's next First Lady.
Chirlane McCray, wife of shaking hands on F train platform in home turf of Park Slope this morning
The Great Debate The other date a prominent NYC columnist caused a fire storm with her column implying something nefarious about the DeBlasio family’s love life: Columnist A ( Chirlane McCray, wife of the public advocate and mayoral probable, admitted last week that she once slept exclusively with women. Can you really get over that? “In the 1970s, I identified as a *** and wrote about it,’’ Chirlane McCray said in a statement. This after Politicker.com last week outed McCray, who penned a cover story for Essence magazine in 1979, “I am a *** ” boasting about her lust for the ladies. Awkward! “In 1991, I met the love of my life, married him and together we’ve raised two amazing kids,” McCray continued. *** don’t simply get cured, as if homosexuality were a temporary disease. Someone (De Blasio? McCray? Both?) isn’t being honest. The response was furious Columnist B (: This could have been the nonstory of the season: Public Advocate and mayoral probable Bill De Blasio’s ...
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