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Mayor Courts Council Members at Gracie Mansion

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In his first 100 days in office, the City Council has proven to be a key ally, so the mayor spent some time courting Council members Thursday evening at Gracie Mansion. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Mayor Bill de Blasio not only marked 100 days in office with a speech, but also with a party.

Only a handful of people outside of his office were on the guest list: 51 members of the City Council.

"Just an opportunity to mingle, to chat, have a few drinks, nibble on some cheese and eat some fruit," said City Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn.

"Quite special, yes. Delicious food," said City Councilman Mark Levine of Manhattan.

"We also both talked about how we want the Red Sox to win tonight," said City Councilman Corey Johnson of Manhattan.

It's certainly not unprecedented for mayors to invite city lawmakers uptown for some wining and dining, but members of the City Council emerging from Gracie Mansion Thursday evening said the mayor had a clear message.

"Partnership was the highlight of the night for him in letting us now that we do, that there's a significance to making sure that this works on both sides of the aisle," said City Councilman Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn.

"And also recognizing the partnership that he has with the Council, and just saying thank you," said City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras of Queens.

"This would be a relationship was built on mutual respect between the executive branch and the legislative branch," said City Councilman Ruben Wills of Queens.

It's a relationship that has proved sweet so far for the mayor.

"There has been an atmosphere of partnership from day one," he said.

So by day 100, de Blasio could expand the city's paid sick days law, shepherded through the City Council in just two months.

In addition, while he was finishing up his 100-day address Thursday, the Council was introducing legislation to create a municipal ID, another campaign promise from the mayor.

"Obviously, we are very appreciative that we have a mayor now that puts these issues as a priority in his administration, but these are issues that we have cared about in this Council for many, many years," Mark-Viverito said.

While it's clear that the mayor has a number of strong allies in the City Council, some said the honeymoon period has to end at some point, and that there are bound to be disagreements.

"We're going to hear a lot more from the Council in the coming months, and working with the mayor is always a better scenario than working across odds, but we have to make sure that we are that check on the administration," said City Councilman Vincent Ignizio of Staten Island. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP