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Mayor Bill de Blasio's Crusade

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at police headquarters following the death of officer Brian
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at police headquarters following the death of officer Brian Moore on May 4, 2015 in New York City. Officer Moore was shot in the head late Saturday during a routine stop in Queens, New York. A suspect, 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell, has been taken into custody. The death of another New York City cop comes at a time of heightened tension between the police and many residents of America's urban environment. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

One afternoon in early April, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio strode onto the back porch of Gracie Mansion, the Upper East Side mayoral residence, to bask in the city's first truly warm day of spring. It had been an exacting winter, and as de Blasio folded his long frame into a wicker chair, he announced merrily, "It's my first outdoor meeting of 2015!" When the weather suits, the mayor likes to do business out here, taking advantage of the spectacular view of the East River and the Triborough Bridge. A pair of soccer nets have been set up on the lawn, where de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, occasionally kick a ball around with their son, Dante, a high school senior.

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