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De Blasio Enters Transition Mode After Historic Win

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio wasted no time getting down to business Wednesday following his landslide victory as he prepares to be sworn in as the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Bill de Blasio is on his way to City Hall. He won't be sworn in as the city's next mayor until January 1, but he nevertheless spent some time in his new office, meeting with the outgoing boss, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"It's obvious that this is going to be a smooth and productive transition," de Blasio said. "I want to thank him."

Bloomberg was not nearly as forthcoming. When asked about de Blasio's win, he directed a reporter to speak with his aide.

Later, de Blasio announced that his transition team was starting to get down to business. He has tapped Jennifer Jones Austin and Carl Weisbrod to co-chair the team. Austin runs the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. Weisbrod was the founding president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and also led the effort to revive Times Square, beginning in the late 1970s.

"The people of this city have spoken. The mandate is clear," de Blasio said. "It is our obligation to create a city in which our prosperity is shared and there's opportunity for all."

Missing from de Blasio's first press conference as mayor-elect was his wife, Chirlane McCray. She is expected to be an important player in his administration, although her exact role is still unclear.

"The most important voice in my life is Chirlane McCray," de Blasio said. "The people who are all standing here are standing here because she and I made that decision together."

De Blasio has also yet to give a clear answer about whether his family will move into Gracie Mansion. He said that he still needs to consult with his wife and children, and he suggested that his teenage son, Dante, may be resistant to moving so far away from his school, Brooklyn Tech.

De Blasio is taking a bit of time off. He is heading to Puerto Rico to attend an annual political conference with elected officials from New York. While he is there, he said that he and his wife will be enjoying some downtime.

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