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Co-Chairs Of De Blasio's Team Visit Talking Transition Tent

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The "Talking Transition" tent in Manhattan has been inviting New Yorkers to come and share their suggestions for the city all week long, but on Sunday, the tent hosted some guests that can make those ideas a reality. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

The walls of the Transition Tent are filled with messages for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

For more than a week now, regular New Yorkers have come to share their ideas for the new administration.

On Sunday, the leaders of de Blasio's transition team showed they were listening as they toured the tent for the first time.

"It elicits the view of so many New Yorkers, and it enables, I think, the new administration to get perhaps a more nuanced and deeper view of what citizens are thinking about," said Carl Weisbrod, a co-chair of the de Blasio transition team.

Weisbrod and Jennifer Jones Austin made the point that an inclusive transition is a priority.

At the end of the initiative, they'll get a full report with the data the organizers have been collecting from New Yorkers.

"I think it will help shape and inform the mayor's agenda," Jones Austin said. "It'll deepen a lot of his vision and his thinking. And so we're excited about receiving the data and putting it to good use."

When it comes to who the key players in the de Blasio administration might be, the pair was much more tight-lipped.

"We're going about this as expeditiously, and very intensely, obviously, but we want to get it right," Weisbrod said. "There's no specific time."

They did say that the Bloomberg administration has been helping to make the change-over a smooth one.

"I just know that in our conversations, they have been forthcoming with information that is helpful to the transition," Jones Austin said.

New Yorkers participating in the tent's activities welcomed the visit.

"I hope they hear everything that was said. I hope that it was recorded for them," said one person. "Maybe they listened in. But we're looking forward to interesting conversations coming up."

"I'm hoping that when they sit down and listen to things we've said and other people have said, that they'll take it to heart," said another.

The discussion continues all week and will culminate with a town hall in the tent on Saturday.

NY1's Road to City Hall will continue to broadcast from the "Talking Transition" tent all this week, starting Monday at 7 p.m.

NY1 is the television partner for the initiative.

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