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De Blasio Marches In First Parade Since Winning Mayoral Election

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Bill de Blasio marched Monday in his first parade since winning the election for mayor, and he says that all of the decisions on his new administration are still forthcoming.

The mayor-elect just returned from a mini-break in sunny Puerto Rico, and he was greeted with a warm reception at the Veterans Day Parade along Fifth Avenue.

Walking his first parade as mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio shook hands and greeted paradegoers, many offering well wishes and congratulations.

"I feel like he represents what we are. A mixed family," said one person.

"We the people, everybody will get more respect than previous," said another.

This parade, the mayor-elect said, is personal. His father was a veteran of World War II.

"This is a day that obviously is personal for us to understand and remember and think about what veterans have contributed and what we owe them," de Blasio said.

While the road ahead for de Blasio on Monday was almost 30 blocks lined with mostly supporters, he faces tasks far greater: naming an administration, for one.

"We'll have announcements in the coming days about our approach and timeline," he said.

He will also decide if he will move from Park Slope to Gracie Mansion.

"It's something we need to think about as a family, and Chiara is not back until Thanksgiving, so probably around then is when we'll really focus on it," de Blasio said.

In addition, he will decide on whether to weigh in on who will be the next speaker of the City Council.

"It's not time for us to focus on that yet," he said. "When the time comes, we'll look more closely at it."

On top of that, along the route, demands were already coming from the sidelines.

"Maybe something will change. Affordable housing," said one person.

Ironically, de Blasio and Public Advocate-elect Letitia James spent some of the parade walking with the CEO of one of the city's major real estate companies.

"We are confident that the city is in terrific position, and I think, as Mayor Bloomberg has said, that the best thing he can look for and a sign of his success is that even a better four, potentially eight years ahead," said Mitchell Rudin of Brookfield Office Properties.

While the mayor-elect did not provide any new details about his administration at the parade, he did say that his vacation is over and that work begins again in earnest on Tuesday.

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