Friday, December 19, 2014

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NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt's daily look Inside City Hall.

NY1 ItCH: Polling Up to de Blasio's 100 Days

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It was almost 100 days ago that the press corps and the city's political elite were thronged outside City Hall in the cold to watch Bill de Blasio be sworn in as the city's 109th mayor. (The inauguration better known as the "Bash Michael Bloomberg Fest.")

A lot has happened in the mayor's first three months in the office: six snowstorms, several feuds with the governor, and a big bucket of money for pre-K. The mayor has also made his share of unforced errors, most notably the handling of stories involving his intervention on behalf of an arrested bishop and his speeding motorcade after he was preaching traffic safety.

With his 100th day in office arriving on Thursday, the mayor is planning on delivering a major speech at Cooper Union, where he will most likely talk up his achievements – which also include the expansion of the city's sick-leave legislation – and look ahead to the future – which likely will include talk of expanding the city's housing stock and continuing rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Tonight, NY1 and The New York Times are releasing a poll that examines the mayor's first three months in office, looking at his approval numbers while also seeing what issues matter most to New Yorkers and what direction they think the city is headed. (We're also releasing a baseball poll this morning. Guess what? Derek Jeter is more popular than the mayor.)

While politicians like to say that polls are just a snapshot in time, it's good to take a selfie once in a while. After all, there are only 1,097 days to go.

Bob Hardt

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