De Blasio has victories, missteps in 1st 100 days

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FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, right, takes the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton, left, while de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, center, holds the bible for her husband during his public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of New York City were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, right, takes the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton, left, while de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, center, holds the bible for her husband during his public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of New York City were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels the sidewalk in front of his house in New York. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of New York were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. The mayor’s managerial skills were called into question after he was forced to admit that the city did not plow several neighborhoods effectively during one of the winter’s many snowstorms. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2014, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reads to children in a pre-kindergarten class at P.S. 130 in New York. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of New York were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. Most of his time and energy was devoted to a single issue, his central campaign promise to create universal pre-kindergarten and fund it with a tax on wealthy New Yorkers. That bruising fight resulted in a partial victory and defined de Blasio’s first months in office. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2014, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attend a Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend church service at the Wilborn Temple in Albany, N.Y. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of NYC were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. Most of his time and energy was spent on his signature campaign promise – to tax the city’s rich to pay for universal pre-K. That resulted in only a partial victory after the surprise entry of Cuomo, who rejected the tax idea and offered to fund pre-kindergarten through the state budget. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, William Bratton, left, speaks while New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio looks on during a news conference in New York introducing Bratton as de Blasio’s choice for New York City police commissioner. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of NYC were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. During that time he withdrew the city’s challenge to federal oversight of the crime-fighting tactic of stop-and-frisk, which allows police to stop anyone deemed acting suspiciously but critics say discriminates against blacks and Hispanics. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio, New York City’s first Democratic mayor in a generation, has been in office nearly 100 days, a time marked by political hardball over pre-kindergarten, second-guessing over snowplows and an unfortunate attempt to eat pizza with a knife and fork.

A report card, of sorts, on the new mayor so far:

THE BIG PROMISE:

Most of de Blasio’s time and energy was spent on his signature campaign promise — to tax the city’s rich to pay for universal pre-kindergarten. That resulted in only a partial victory after the surprise entry of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who rejected the tax idea and offered to fund pre-k through the state budget.

De Blasio, however, got all the money he asked for — $300 million — and says all will be forgotten when the first of 50,000 4-year-olds start going to class this fall.

“He got pre-k on the agenda and then got it funded, even if it wasn’t the way he wanted to fund it,” said Kenneth Sherrill, retired politics professor at Hunter College. “He made something happen that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.”

HITS:

De Blasio made legislation to expand the number of workers eligible for sick days the first bill he signed into law. He also withdrew the city’s challenge to federal oversight of the crime-fighting tactic of stop and frisk, which allows police to stop anyone they believe to be acting suspiciously. Critics say the tactic is discriminatory because those stopped are mostly black and Hispanic men.

“He’s been keeping his promises to his base, he’s keeping them engaged,” said George Arzt, former press secretary to Mayor Ed Koch. “These small victories add up.”

His first crisis came when a gas explosion flattened two East Harlem apartment buildings, killing eight people. Observers believe he effectively projected leadership and compassion, devoting city resources to helping those affected by the blast.

MISSES:

De Blasio has been criticized for his sluggishness in appointing members of his senior staff — the Fire Department, for instance, still does not have a new commissioner.

And the new mayor’s political shortcomings were exposed when several of his proposals — including a call to raise the minimum wage and scale back charter schools — were scuttled at seemingly every turn by Cuomo and Albany lawmakers.

Then there were a series of made-for-tabloid controversies de Blasio initially dismissed as “sideshows.” Under pressure from “Today” show weatherman Al Roker, among others, de Blasio was forced to admit the city did not plow

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