February 14

The Forum Podcast - Mayor Bill de Blasio

Symone D. Sanders (L) moderates a conversation in the JFK Jr. Forum with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (R) on Thursday, February 14.

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This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined us for a conversation in the JFK Jr. Forum, moderated by Symone D. Sanders, CNN commentator and former IOP Resident Fellow S’18.

In the Mayor's first-ever JFK Jr. Forum appearance, the wide-ranging discussion began with Mayor de Blasio's response to Amazon announcement - just hours before he took the stage - that it was ending its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City. The Mayor also addressed issues like policing, affordable housing, the NYC subway, and de Blasio's own interest in a potential White House run in 2020. Which he said he has not ruled out.

Mayor de Blasio joins a long list of mayors who have visited the IOP to engage with students and share their experiences governing on the municipal level. Mayors from across the country have appeared in the Forum to discuss a wide range of issues impacting their communities, including rebuilding Detroit, MI with Mike Duggan, education reform in Chicago, IL with Rahm Emanuel, community policing with Annise Parker, IOP Resident Fellow S’16, of Houston, TX and Andrew Gillum, IOP Resident Fellow S’19, of Tallahassee, FL. These conversations are part of the Institute’s larger commitment to encourage students to pursue public service.

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