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What New York City's New Mayor Bill de Blasio Will Do for Entrepreneurs

November 6, 2013

New York City has a new boss.

The Big Apple has voted Bill de Blasio as its next mayor, ending the three-term reign of billionaire entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg. De Blasio handily defeated Republican nominee and former chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Joe Lhota, becoming the first Democrat to take the seat since David Dinkins won in 1989.

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De Blasio was behind in the race for the Democratic nomination and staged a late-in-the-game comeback against then frontrunner Christine Quinn. He aggressively campaigned on a platform that marks an intentional right angle -- or, perhaps, “left” angle -- turn from the political agenda of Bloomberg. De Blasio won significant political favor for his biracial marriage with once avowed lesbian Chirlane McCray.

One concern about de Blasio is whether he has enough political experience to manage the responsibilities of running New York. His career, thus far, has included only minimal time in the public eye. After working on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 race for U.S. Senate, de Blasio was sworn in to become the City’s public advocate, the second-highest elected office in the city. In his time as the public advocate, de Blasio sued New York to get access to data on the nature of fines being levied on small-businesses.

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Here is a rundown of the policy changes de Blasio pledged during his campaign that are geared toward small-business owners and entrepreneurs in New York City.

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