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Ambitious Policy Plans, Snow Complaints Mark de Blasio's First Month in Office

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The early weeks of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration have been marked by ambitious policy plans, complaints about the snow and the slow pace of appointments in his administration. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

In the new mayor's first month in office, he moved quickly to push his agenda in Albany and in the city.

A tax hike on the wealthy to pay for universal pre-kindergarten is getting the most attention by far.

"I have a mandate from the people to pursue this plan," de Blasio said.

However, the mayor's refusal to take Governor Andrew Cuomo up on his offer to pay for the program is leading some to question whether the mayor wants the tax hike more than pre-k itself.

He lobbied City Council members to back Melissa Mark-Viverito's bid for speaker. Then, he teamed up with her to announce an expansion of the city's paid sick leave law.

"This is the kind of progressive change that can happen when the mayor and City Council share the same priorities," Mark-Viverito said.

The mayor said that he's ending the city's appeal of a stop-and-frisk ruling that declared the practice unconstitutional as carried out by the New York City Police Department.

"We're here today to turn the page on one of the most divisive problems in our city," de Blasio said.

Policy was hardly the only thing to dominate the new mayor's first month. Snow blanketed city streets. Lots of it. And while the de Blasio administration got high marks for its response to the first storm, the second did not go nearly as well, especially on the Upper East Side.

"The execution wasn't good enough in some areas," de Blasio said.

And then, there was "forkgate" - the scandal that erupted when the mayor ate a slice of pizza with a fork and knife - instead of picking it up.

"All New Yorkers eat their pizza with their hands," said one New Yorker.

As for the pace of appointments to de Blasio's administration, some observers say that the mayor is going too slow. There are still more than a dozen city agencies without a mayoral appointee at the top.

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