Nearly six months after Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the city's 109th mayor by Bill Clinton, the two men shared the stage once again, with the mayor using the occasion to promote his relationship with the popular former president. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Food is bringing Mayor Bill de Blasio and his former boss, Bill Clinton, back together again.
They teamed up at the Red Rooster Harlem restaurant to promote a food festival scheduled to take place next May.
"I am thrilled to be here in celebration of the announcement of the Eat Up Harlem festival. How am I doing so far?" de Blasio said.
"This festival is about food, but it's also about the culture of Harlem. People—thousands and thousands and thousands of people—will come here and they will hear music they would not have heard. They will hear poetry they would not have heard. They will go to museums they would not have visited," Clinton said.
The event gave the mayor a chance to flaunt his close ties to the former president, who has an office in Harlem.
De Blasio worked in the Clinton administration, at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also managed Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign in 2000.
When the mayor was engaged in an ugly fight with charter school supporters earlier this year, Clinton advised him on how to handle the situation.
"He has been so kind in the time since I became mayor, taking time to advise me and coach me. And when he speaks—remember that old ad, 'when E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen?' Well, when President Clinton speaks, I pay close attention," de Blasio said.
Earlier in the day, the mayor was at the Brooklyn Army Terminal to announce a new task force: Jobs for New Yorkers.
The mayor says he wants the group to figure out how to overhaul job training programs so they do a better job of preparing New Yorkers for higher wage work.
The task force is supposed to report back to the mayor this fall.
As for the mayor and former president, they may find themselves together again soon.
There is speculation they will both make an appearance later this week at the state Democratic convention.