NEW YORK (PIX11) – A thousand New Yorkers have received a chance of a lifetime, a seat at the inauguration of New York City Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio at City Hall. But is it even something New Yorkers want to attend in the first place?
Political Analyst Basile Smikle says probably not. “Its a nice gesture but New Yorkers are more interested in the policies. “
And some critics say 1000 tickets are not enough, especially for a Mayor who ran a campaign on being of the people. The 1,000 tickets, which were granted on a first-come-first-served basis, were quickly listed as “sold out” on de Blasio’s transition website.
“Yes, I would love to learn and see history,” said Francesca Fabiani.
“I would go, it shows he wants to include the community,” added Raquel Acevedo.
And with the clock ticking to Inauguration Day, Mayor-elect de Blasio has seen his share of ups and down.
Between his recent announcement of Bill Bratton as the new police commissioenr, his daughter going public about substance abuse and a scandal that his spokesperson Lis Smith is having an affair with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, many New Yorkers are questioning whether or not de Blasio can live up to expections.
Smikle said, “The honeymoon is over, part normal but his recent his appointments…people wanted to see more appointments of color because he ran on being of the people so now the question is when is he going to put that into practice.”