Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio pulled in more than $1 million Monday at a fundraiser hosted by Hillary Clinton as he and his supporters continue to ride high heading into the final two weeks before the election. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Democrat Bill de Blasio is the undisputed frontrunner in the race for mayor. And Hillary Clinton is trying to make sure he crosses the finish line a victor.
The former secretary of state hosted a fundraiser at the Roosevelt Hotel for the candidate. The two have a lot of history. De Blasio managed her U.S. Senate campaign in 2000. And he worked in the federal housing department under her husband, President Bill Clinton.
The event brought it more than $1 million which makes it de Blasio's biggest fundraiser so far.
"What was particularly meaningful to me was that she really rallied the crowd. She really made clear to people how much we need to finish this campaign strong and how much it mattered," De Blasio said.
The event was closed to reporters and Clinton did not take any questions. De Blasio says she did not offer any hints about whether she will run for president, preferring to talk about the here and now.
What is also unclear is where Clinton stands on de Blasio's central campaign proposal: A plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for universal pre-kindergarten.
"We didn't get into the details of the specific plans. I think she was very clear about the importance of focusing on children and families," De Blasio said.
The event was clearly all about pumping up the crowd.
"There were many shouts of Hillary 'Hillary, Hillary, Hillary' along with 'Bill, Bill, Bill,'" said former City Council candidate Debra Cooper.
"She introduced Bill and 300, 400 people were electrified. It was a great moment," said Mario Caggiano, a New York City teacher.
De Blasio's Republican rival, Joe Lhota, sent out his own fundraising pitch Monday night.
He told his supporters he needs their help now more than ever.