Spring may be at hand, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is finding New Yorkers feel lukewarm about him at best, as a new poll puts his approval rating at 45 percent. It comes as the mayor lent support for a fellow Democrat waging a difficult race on Staten Island. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
There was applause for the mayor from fellow Democrats on Staten Island Tuesday, but across the city, the sentiments aren't as forgiving.
A new poll finds that Bill de Blasio's honeymoon was over in a blink. In it, 45 percent say they approve of him, 34 percent disapprove, and 20 percent don't know or didn't answer.
"He's in trouble," said Richard Flanagan of the College of Staten Island. "The winter snowstorms did not help. He also has been taking on so much legislatively, and I think the perception is is that the governor has outfoxed him and outwitted him."
De Blasio may have been thinking of Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.
"We as Democrats, we always get along. We never have any internal differences," he said, a comment that was met with laughter.
De Blasio visited Staten Island late Tuesday to rally the party faithful. They're trying to oust Republican Michael Grimm from the borough's only congressional seat. Hope rests on former City Councilman Domenic Recchia.
"Domenic M. Recchia Jr., to be exact. Look for him on your ballot," de Blasio said. "He's a good man. I had the honor of serving with him in the Council. We worked closely together."
But would Recchia have de Blasio stump for him in Staten Island, the one borough the mayor lost last November?
"He works hard, but him and I, we worked together. We worked very hard together," Recchia said. "But in addition to that, I think we have to get Sandy relief moving much faster than it already is."
Flanagan said that ousting Grimm is a tall order. He may have gotten unflattering headlines after threatening a NY1 reporter, but Recchia remains little known outside his old district in Brooklyn.
"He's got no name recognition out here, no traction," Flanagan said. "And Grimm, after four years on the job, has gotten his name in the newspapers quite a bit."
The election isn't until November, and numbers change, as Democrats certainly hope.
While the poll finds there's room for improvement, New Yorkers are more optimistic than not about the next four years with de Blasio in charge.