Mayor Bill de Blasio performed his first wedding yesterday at City Hall, the mayor’s office confirmed.
“yup. i got married yesterday to sid davidoff. the mayor presided at city hall and it was his first wedding,” tweeted bride Linda Stasi, a columnist for the Daily News, this afternoon.
Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, had a strict policy against performing marriages in office, which he made exceptions to three times: Once to remarry former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (which became a running joke with fellow ex-mayors David Dinkins and Ed Koch), once to marry his daughter and once to marry two cabinet members following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state.
A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio confirmed the wedding was the mayor’s first, but did not immediately respond to questions about what the mayor’s policy would be going forward.
Mr. Davidoff is a longtime attorney, lobbyist and aide to mayors past, who fund-raised for Mr. de Blasio’s campaign.
Update (4:37 p.m.): Ms. Stasi told the Observer that her husband and Mr. de Blasio have been friends for decades and complimented the mayor’s ceremony skills.
“He could not have been more gracious,” she said of the mayor. “He was just wonderful.”
The mayor’s signature humor also made an appearance, with Mr. de Blasio peppering the simple ceremony in front of the of the couple’s close friends and family with jokes poking fun at the fact that they’ve been together for more than 20 years.
“‘I’m glad you took your time making sure that this is what works and that you didn’t rush into anything,’” she recalled him saying. “It was very funny.”