De Blasio Going to Washington With Mayors ‘Anxious to Put Our Stamp on the National Debate’

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Bill de Blasio is going to Washington tomorrow.

New York City’s mayor-elect announced today that he’ll be meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, along with other newly-elected mayors.

“It’s obviously incredibly gratifying that the president has asked those of us who are newly elected to come to the White House and discuss common goals,” said Mr. de Blasio. “But really what I’m particularly excited about is the work that we’ll be able to do together with leadership of the president. And I think a lot of the mayors around the country—particularly the newly-elected mayors, and there’s many progressives among them—are anxious to put our stamp on the national debate.”

Mr. de Blasio, who campaigned on the promise of reducing income inequality, declared that “we’re going to have a tremendous ally in the president” and praised Mr. Obama’s recent speech on the topic.

“Not just in recent days about inequality, but what he’s been saying for years about inequality frames certainly a lot of what the discussion needs to be in this country,” he said, speaking at his latest appointment press conference.

After thanking Mr. Obama for stepping out on Mr. de Blasio’s own signature issue of early childhood education, the mayor-elect touted the president’s national legislative priorities in the form of immigration and health care reform.

“On so many issues, I couldn’t agree more with him,” he said. “Here is a president who is fighting for immigration reform, which I think will greatly benefit New York City. Here is a president who brought us health care reform that, as it’s fully implemented … will greatly benefit New York City. I’m proud of the fact that New York State has done so well in terms of signing people up in the [health care] exchange.”

Tomorrow won’t be the first time Mr. de Blasio and the president have met. In September, Mr. Obama endorsed Mr. de Blasio after he won the Democratic primary and posed for a photo-op at a fund-raiser. In October, the president visited a Brooklyn school and afterwards made a trip with Mr. de Blasio to Junior’s Restaurant, where he purchased some of their famous cheesecakes.

In a statement, a White House official told Politicker the meeting will be “to discuss the ways in which the Obama Administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity.”

According to the official, the following newly-elected mayors are attending tomorrow’s event:

· Los Angeles, CA Mayor Eric Garcetti
· St. Petersburg, FL Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman
· Boston, MA Mayor-elect Martin Walsh
· Detroit, MI Mayor-elect Mike Duggan
· Minneapolis, MN Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges
· Jersey City, NJ Mayor Steven Fulop
· New York, NY Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio
· Rochester, NY Mayor-elect Lovely Warren
· Charlotte, NC Mayor-elect Patrick Cannon
· Greensboro, NC Mayor Nancy Vaughan
· Cincinnati, OH Mayor John Cranley
· Toledo, OH Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins
· Harrisburg, PA Mayor-elect Eric Papenfuse
· Pittsburgh, PA Mayor-elect Bill Peduto
· Chattanooga, TN Mayor Andy Berke
· Seattle, WA Mayor-elect Ed Murray