Bill de Blasio has a huge lead in the polls, but that has not stopped him from rallying his supporters to get out and vote on Tuesday. The Democratic candidate for mayor also stuck by his stance on the need for reforming the NYPD. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Bill de Blasio has his party’s nomination for mayor, a big lead in the polls and even his own song, but that has not stopped him from rallying his supporters to get out and vote.
At a rally in downtown Brooklyn on Friday, de Blasio spoke to hundreds of labor union members, who are key to his get-out-the-vote operation on Election Day.
“Watch out world, watch out, it’s going to be something special on Tuesday,” de Blasio said.
A de Blasio aide said to expect more events like this in the coming days. Campaign stops to shake hands with New Yorkers are taking a back-seat to large-scale gatherings where de Blasio can rally his base.
“The best thing we can do for the people of New York City, the best public policy would be more men and women in labor unions so their cities are strong, our families are strong, our neighborhoods are strong,” de Blasio said at the rally.
Earlier in the day, de Blasio stood by his plans to reform the police department and its use of stop-and-frisk. He said a recent decision to block a lower court's changes to the police tactic have not compelled him to change his plan. He wants an inspector general for the department and to implement new legislation to crack down on racial profiling.
He said he does not intend to continue the city's appeal of the initial stop-and-frisk ruling, should he become mayor. That ruling found the practice to be unconstitutional.
As for Election Day, de Blasio seemed anything but complacent.
“Leave it all on the playing field. Let's win a victory that propels these changes forward for the good of all New Yorkers. Thank you and God bless you brothers and sisters,” de Blasio said.
The polls only get a politician so far. In the end, it is the votes that truly count.