First Lady Chirlane McCray is stepping out on her own more, embracing an increasingly high profile role within her husband's administration, a marked change for a woman who used to fear speaking in public. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
As her husband settles into his new job at City Hall, Chirlane McCray is undergoing a transformation of her own. A once-reluctant public speaker, the first lady is now stepping up to the podium with more confidence.
On Thursday, she delivered three speeches across the city, her busiest day in the public eye so far.
She is an emissary for her husband's administration, conveying his wishes and priorities to New Yorkers. At a fundraiser for the Coalition for the Homeless, she promised to fight to keep New Yorkers off the street.
"The de Blasio administration and I am committed to using whatever influence I have as first lady and as chair of the Mayor's Fund to work towards an end to these terrible situations," McCray said.
Earlier this year, her husband appointed her to chair the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, a nonprofit group that raises private money for public causes.
New Yorkers calling the city may also hear her delivering a message for the administration.
"On the 311 system, it's going to have the mellifluous voice of our first lady, Chirlane McCray," de Blasio said.
McCray is not only stepping out in public more often, she's also busy beefing up her online presence. She said it's a way to connect with more New Yorkers.
She has a blog she calls Flo-nice. It's short for First Lady of New York City.
"I want to share with you what I am doing because I want to hear from you," she said.
Solo speeches are hardly the only time she is in the spotlight. She can still be spotted by her husband's side.
Afternoons, however, are largely reserved for another important New Yorker: her teenage son, Dante. An aide said she tries to be home with him once the school day is done.