On Wednesday, January 1st, Bill de Blasio became the 109th mayor of New York City. With more than eight million New Yorkers — a larger population than many countries — the position of leading this city is a daunting one, and we wish him much success in this endeavor.
As a former Brooklyn councilman and Public Advocate, Mr. de Blasio has long had close ties with members of the Jewish community, and has shown sensitivity and understanding of its needs and concerns.
De Blasio began his tenure on the right foot by naming Bill Bratton as Police Commissioner, a choice that won high praise from diverse communities throughout the city, and was warmly welcomed within the Jewish community as well.
If the meteorologists are correct, NYC will be welcoming the new mayor with a thick white carpet of snow, a somewhat challenging substitute for a comfortable red carpet.
We hope he — and the city — get through this first test with a minimal of stress, and the mayor continues to make the right choices in the months and years to come.