Move aside Scarlett Johansson (and one-time mayoral candidate Scott Stringer), another citywide contender is hosting a celebrity-infused fundraiser for the 2013 election cycle. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who’s all-but-certain to campaign for mayor next year, just rolled out an event with actor Steve Buscemi.
“I got to know Bill when we fought side-by-side against the city’s misguided efforts to close firehouses across New York a decade ago,” Mr. Buscemi wrote in a letter to Mr. de Blasio’s supporters today. “As a former FDNY firefighter, keeping those firehouses open was an issue close to my heart, and I was moved by Bill’s courage and deep personal commitment to our cause.”
Mr. Buscemi was actually arrested with Mr. de Blasio while protesting City Hall’s firehouse cuts a decade ago, so his support for the public advocate isn’t exactly a surprise. He previously donated to Mr. de Blasio’s campaign and the two live only a few blocks away from one another in Park Slope.
“I’ve come to see that Bill’s advocacy for those of us who live in the outer boroughs runs deep,” Mr. Buscemi said, highlighting Mr. de Blasio’s outer borough-based game plan as he competes against multiple Manhattan rivals.
View the letter below:
I’m writing to invite you to join me at an event in support of my friend, Bill de Blasio, on December 10th.
I got to know Bill when we fought side-by-side against the city’s misguided efforts to close firehouses across New York a decade ago. As a former FDNY firefighter, keeping those firehouses open was an issue close to my heart, and I was moved by Bill’s courage and deep personal commitment to our cause.
Just last week, I joined Bill to survey the immense storm damage in Breezy Point. I watched Bill listen to residents who had lost their homes — as he asked them exactly what they needed from our city government, and as he fought behind the scenes, without the TV news cameras around, to get those New Yorkers the services they urgently required as quickly as possible.
I’ve come to see that Bill’s advocacy for those of us who live in the outer boroughs runs deep, and his experience with grassroots organizing and mobilization is exactly the kind of leadership New York needs.
He’s the kind of guy who links arms with neighbors, knocks on doors with volunteers, and makes sure he’s on the ground, listening to the real problems that face our communities — which is why he knows the needs of so many New York neighborhoods situated far from the bright lights downtown.
I hope you’ll join us on December 10th to honor one of our city’s most compelling, progressive public servants.
To RSVP and buy your ticket, please contact Rafi Jafri at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 975-8565.