Posts Tagged ‘Bill de Blasio’

Hillary visited the Stonewall Inn, designated a national landmark, and marched in the Pride Parade with Governor Cuomo, Mayor deBlasio, and Reverend Al Sharpton. Earlier in the day she held a brunch fundraiser close to home.

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At the Schomburg, with Mayor DeBlasio,  Governor Cuomo and Eric Holder onstage, Charlie Rangel introduced Hillary saying, “We will be able to say we were there when it happened.”

Hillary: “It is not enough to break up the big banks.” She enumerated the markers of systemic racism – from mass incarceration to health issues like asthma rates and infant mortality and then unrolled a comprehensive agenda.

Among the items on this agenda: Jobs creation, support for Black entrepreneurs, especially women, equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, providingAccess to home ownership and pre-school. In education: desegregating schools, and making college affordable.

Her job plan will combat recidivism due to long term unemployment when those who have paid their debt are released.

In schools, overreliance on suspensions and expulsions as well as police presence in schools will be addressed  to end the school to prison pipeline. Support will be provided for guidance counselors, school psychologists an social workers.

Among her comments:

“I actually tell you what I want to do. I think that’s my job.”

Coded racial language about President Obama comes from Republicans.  “As if he’s not the ‘real’ president.  He has the right to nominate under the Constitution and the Senate has the duty to vote on the nomination.”

Hillary will appoint justices who see the Constitution as a blueprint for progress.

“We can’t start building relationships a few weeks before a vote.”

“Hold me accountable.”

“None of this is a they problem.  It’s a we problem.  It’s an American problem.”

“We need to try to walk in one another’s shoes.”

Read Hillary’s transcript here >>>>

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Hillary Clinton and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray held a surprise event in Brooklyn today.  Hillary, obviously, was in her element!

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Too Small to Fail Releases “Talking is Teaching Community Campaign Guide” to Activate and Enhance Local Word Gap Campaigns Nationwide

New York, NY
Press Release

New York — Too Small to Fail released today its “Talking is Teaching Community Campaign Guide,” a how-to roadmap for local leaders across the country to initiate and enhance on-the-ground efforts to help close the word gap and boost young children’s early brain development. The guide and corresponding free materials and resources can now be found on www.toosmall.org/community.

The Community Campaign Guide builds off the success and lessons learned from Too Small to Fail’s local campaign efforts in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Oakland, California. The local campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing,” launched in these communities in 2014. Since then, Too Small to Fail has worked within these communities to engage trusted messengers — such as pediatricians, faith-based leaders, child care providers and librarians — to educate parents and deliver high-quality tools that can help them engage in meaningful interactions with their young children starting at birth.

The guide offers adaptive Talking is Teaching creative content and resources that encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their children during everyday routines — from waiting for the bus, to making dinner, to giving a bath; ideas for engaging the business community and other allies to raise awareness; and suggestions about elevating community messages through local media. The free multimedia assets can be easily tailored to respond to the individual needs of a community.

The “Talking is Teaching Community Campaign Guide” is designed to inform local efforts underway across the country, as well as the one launched today in New York City. Today, at SCO FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Center in Brooklyn, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and local parents to launch New York City’s “Talk to Your Baby, Their Brains Depend on It” public awareness campaign. This campaign will distribute 100,000 toolkits to parents which will include a “Talking is Teaching” resource for families, jointly developed by Too Small to Fail and Sesame Street. New York City will partner with organizations such as Reach Out and Read and the Administration for Child Services EarlyLearn sites for distribution.

“This is a conversation we want to have with as many people as we can reach because everybody needs to be creative and smart about how we better prepare our kids for the future,” said Secretary Clinton.

For more information about the “Talking is Teaching Community Campaign Guide”, visit Too Small to Fail online (www.toosmall.org/community), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/2smalltofail), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/2smalltofail).

Photos from today’s event can be found at here.


Closing the Word Gap, One Community At a Time

Not long after we launched our community campaigns in Tulsa and Oakland last year, we heard from many passionate individuals and business leaders across the country who were eager to spread the word in their own communities about the power of talking, reading, and singing with young children to boost early brain development. Encouraged and inspired by these messages, Too Small to Fail co-hosted a one-day conference on the word gap with the White House last October, where we committed to producing a guide with information, resources, and tools about how community leaders could launch or enhance word gap campaigns that would meet their specific community needs.

Now, we’re delighted to share that our new “Talking is Teaching Community Campaign Guide” is live on toosmall.org. In it, interested community leaders will find the latest research on early brain development, important information on launching a local word gap campaign, and related advice from Too Small to Fail and our partners. We have also provided creative campaign assets for producing toolkits and paid media.

We’re excited to join new and existing partners across the country, each committed to promoting early learning for young children where they live, and empowering parents to take action to boost their children’s language and brain development. Our hope is that communities that are ready to join this effort will find these materials and resources useful as they determine the best strategy to close the word gap in in their hometowns.

Resources for Sharing:

  • Learn about Too Small to Fail advisory council member Dr. Dana Suskind’s Thirty Million Words Initiative in Chicago, Illinois in this article by the Hechinger Report.
  • Our friend, Mayor Angel Taveras launched the innovation Providence Talks program in this city. Find out more about it in this New Yorker article.


Don’t miss our special campaign trailer to learn more about how we’re working with our partners in Tulsa and Oakland to promote early brain and language development. >>

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Here are the March newsletters from Too Small to Fail.


Reading Aloud With Children For Learning and Fun

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” —Dr. Seuss

Reading aloud to children has many benefits for both parents and children. Books that rhyme can be especially fun to read aloud, and help children better understand the natural rhythm and sounds of language. Perhaps few children’s books have been as loved by both parents and children as those written by Dr. Seuss. His books—from Fox in Socks to Green Eggs and Ham—are meant to be read aloud, and parents and children of all ages delight in them.

But even if parents are not comfortable reading aloud, there are other ways that they can introduce rhyming to young children.

As highlighted in an earlier newsletter, rhyming is an important tool for building language skills, and is used by cultures around the world. Rhyming helps build memory, strengthen language skills and introduce musical timing to words. When parents read aloud or recite nursery rhymes and poetry to young children, they expose their children to speech patterns that can improve future reading and verbal skills. In addition, rhyming introduces playfulness to the act of reading, which encourages a love of reading, and improves bonding between children and adults.

Reading aloud provides an easy and effective way for children to hear a variety of words that may not be used in everyday life. Parents and caregivers can practice reading rhyming and other books aloud to their babies in any language, from the moment their children are born. But if parents are not comfortable reading aloud, they can use singing, nursery rhymes, and even rapping to help their children recognize patterns of speech and inspire a love of language in their children.

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Watch these singers, elected leaders, writers, and other local West Virginia celebrities read Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. >>

Even Singing Off Key Can Bring a Smile to Children’s Faces

If YouTube videos are any indication, most babies love music and singing. From a very early age, children enjoy hearing silly songs, soothing lullabies and even fun rock songs if those songs are sung by their favorite people—parents and caregivers! New brain research continues to confirm the importance of singing to children, and is revealing how even the simplest melodies can contribute to early brain development.

Singing—much like rhyming—is a special form of language that improves children’s memory, and teaches them rhythm and melody. Brain research has shown that when children are sung to, both the left and right sides of their brains are activated, strengthening their neural connections. Singing can also teach children new vocabulary words.

But children don’t get the same benefits from listening to a CD or musical video. According to Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, the benefits to brain development occurs best when a parent or caregiver sings directly to, and with, a young child.

Even if a parent or caregiver feels that they can’t carry a tune, young children appreciate the effort! Parents and caregivers can sing during everyday activities—like at bath time or before bed—to help their babies and toddlers develop important language and communication skills, and bring love and joy to every day activities. Don’t know the words? Adults can make up the words to a familiar tune, or insert a baby’s name into a song in order to spark their interest.

Resources for Sharing:

  • This blog post discusses research on the importance of music and singing to the early learning of children.
  • This article from Psychology Today explains the science behind the power of singing.
  • Many ideas for including singing and music into everyday activities, from Reading Rockets.
  • Five songs here to help parents and caregivers sing along with their babies and toddlers!


This talented mom tries singing a few different songs to this four-month-old, until he finally hears the one he likes. Check it out! >>

Appreciation for Math Starts at Home!

Young children often show a thirst for knowledge that helps their brains develop. This thirst presents a good opportunity for parents to encourage an early appreciation for math, which improves brain growth, and serves as a foundation for math skills learned later in school. And the really good news is that early math learning can be fun for both parents and children!

While older children can learn math skills like multiplication and algebra in school, an appreciation for and understanding of math actually begins much earlier in a child’s life. Stanford University professor and early math expert Deborah Stipek explains that math learning—like all learning—begins in infancy. Parents can begin teaching math concepts to babies by pointing out shapes, quantities, and the sizes of things around them. These early math concepts serve as building blocks for later learning that will include more complicated math principles. And the more parents talk with their babies about math during the years their brains are rapidly expanding language, the more likely their children are to understand, and be comfortable with, “math talk” later on.

Parents and caregivers can use everyday, fun activities to establish an early appreciation for the math that is all around us. For example, parents can set up different size containers for babies and toddlers to play with—pointing out the shapes of each and their sizes. They can also point out the order of items on a grocery store shelf (“first”, “second”, “next to”, “last”), to help children learn numerical order. Even if a parent isn’t comfortable with math problems, they can help set their children up for future success by playing simple board games that improve counting and other math skills.

Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from PBS Parents explains why encouraging a love of math in children early on helps them when they enter school, and beyond—and check out these fun math games for babies and toddlers!
  • Our factsheet offers ideas for how parents and caregivers can talk, read and sing about math with their children every day.
  • Videos, tips for parents and math games for children of all ages can be found on the website, Math at Play!


Don’t know how to begin teaching young children about math? Use the furniture in your home! Check out this video on how to use a child’s environment for early math learning. >>

Good Food for Thought

Nutritious food is important to the normal development of very young children. From brain growth to physical strength, healthy food provides the fuel that babies and toddlers need to thrive. But offering healthful food to young children doesn’t have to be stressful for parents and caregivers. There are many ways that parents can help their children enjoy healthy eating—even among picky eaters!

According to decades of clinical studies, good nutrition during the first few years of life are important to normal brain development—providing essential vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins that the brain needs to make new neural connections. Healthful food also provides young children with the energy and strength they need to develop motor skills, language, and even social and emotional skills. Studies of malnourished children show that without the right kinds of nutrition, children have difficulty concentrating, show poor interest in learning and may exhibit behavior problems.

Parents and caregivers can ensure the good nutrition of their young children by establishing healthy food habits, and offering a wide variety of healthful foods that contain a proper balance of nutrients. Even picky toddlers often enjoy meals that allow them to choose from a variety of nutrient rich foods, and incorporate interesting shapes or colors.

Regardless of how much food gets into children’s mouths, meals together are great times to establish good habits and strengthen family bonds. When parents talk with their children about the food they’re eating or about their days—even if their children can’t yet talk back—young children learn that meal times can be fun and loving experiences that fuel the body and the mind.

Resources for Sharing:

  • Good nutrition for toddlers takes many forms, as explained in this article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • This article explains the kinds of nutrition that benefit toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Print out these tips for ways to improve your young child’s early nutrition!


This podcast from ZERO TO THREE’s “Little Kids, Big Questions” series explains why nurturing healthy eating habits from the start is important. >>

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Today, Hillary joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch a joint initiative between her Too Small to Fail organization and Univision to encourage the development of pre-literacy and literacy skills in the Latino 0 – 5 age group.

New York, NY
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Too Small To Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, joins with Univision to launch Early Childhood Development Program “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable)  

New York — On Tuesday, February 4, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Univision Communications Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Falco will launch a partnership between Univision and Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The event will mark the beginning of a multi-year partnership with Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, as part of the Company’s Univision Contigo (Univision With You) empowerment efforts. Building upon Univision’s award-winning education initiative and Too Small to Fail’s mission to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, the partnership, branded in Spanish as “Pequeños y Valiosos,” will deliver expert research, commentary and information across Univision platforms. As indicated in Too Small to Fail’s strategic roadmap, early health and learning directly impacts an individual’s long-term productivity and success. The more parents speak with their children, the faster their children’s vocabularies grow, laying the groundwork for future academic success. “Pequeños y Valiosos” will direct its efforts at Hispanic parents and other caregivers of children ages zero to five, encouraging them to talk, read, and sing with their children in order to develop their language and vocabulary skills. “At Univision we are proud to work with parents and children to help our community succeed.  We invest in initiatives and partnerships that provide them access to the resources and information they need in this regard,” said Randy Falco, president & CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “As our education initiative marks its fourth year, the partnership with Next Generation, the Clinton Foundation, and many other education organizations, will help us amplify our commitment by delivering the best information possible about early childhood development to the Hispanic community.” The partners also launched a new feature section on Univision’s website, www.univision.com/educacion, which offers factsheets, tips and special content for Spanish-speaking parents provided by Too Small to Fail’s partner organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, First Book, the National Council of La Raza, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Sesame Workshop, and Zero to Three. Additionally, as part of “Pequeños y Valiosos”, Univision Contigo, Too Small to Fail and their partner organizations will make available thousands of books and other informational materials to families across the country at special events organized by Univision’s local affiliate stations, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, in Austin, Texas. Univision Contigo is inviting parents to take a pledge to dedicate uninterrupted time every day to interacting with their children on its website, www.univisioncontigo.com.  Barbara Bermudo, award-winning journalist and anchor for Univision’s award winning newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), will serve as a national spokesperson for the partnership. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Univision to share the newest science about early childhood with Hispanic families,” said Jim Steyer, board chair and co-founder of Next Generation. Patti Miller, director of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation, added: “Hispanics represent the fastest growing population in the United States, and the decisions parents and caregivers make today will influence their children’s futures and the future of our country for years to come.” The partnership will launch with a “roadblock” of special programming promoting early learning across Univision Network’s programs, including segments on Hispanic America’s top morning show “Despierta América” (Wake Up America), the leading Spanish-language daily newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), on Univision’s nightly evening news “Noticiero Univision,” as well as in local news across Univision affiliates and on Dr. Isabel’s national radio program on Univision Radio’s AM network Univision America. Following the launch, special programming focused on early education and learning, as well as Univision Contigo public service announcements featuring Univision personalities, will be introduced across Univision’s networks and affiliate stations.

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Too Small to Fail Partners with Univision to Help Close Word Gap

On Tuesday, February 4, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Univision Communications Inc. President and CEO Randy Falco announced a partnership between Univision and Too Small to Fail. The announcement, which took place at a bilingual Head Start preschool program in East Harlem, New York City, marks the beginning of a multi-year partnership to help Hispanic parents and caregivers get information about early brain development, early learning, and efforts and strategies to close the word gap.

Research shows that Hispanic children are much less likely to have a parent or other family members read, sing, or tell stories to them every day. But fewer words heard daily means fewer words in a child’s vocabulary, and the partnership, titled “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable) will encourage Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing with their children in order to develop their language and vocabulary skills.

“It’s important for parents to see themselves as teachers,” said Daniela, mother of a three-year-old girl who attends the preschool, during a roundtable discussion at the announcement event. “My daughter can speak several languages because we have taught her. She learns from us first.”

Recent focus groups among Spanish speaking parents have highlighted that many are concerned about language fluency, in particular if their children speak only Spanish. However, researchers agree that baby and young toddlers need to hear many words every day—no matter the language—in order to create important neural pathways in their brains that build their emotional, social, and cognitive skills.

For dual language learners (children who learn more than one language), fluency in the home language can pave the way for learning English. Babies and young children have a high capacity for language, and can learn more than one language without any problems, even if there is a short-term delay. In fact, new research shows that dual language learners often score higher in memory, creativity, and problem-solving.

“Pequeños y Valiosos” will offer fact sheets, tips and special content for parents and caregivers on a new feature section of Univision’s website.

Learn more:

  • For Spanish speakers: hablar dos idiomas no es un impedimento, de Univision.
  • Frequently asked questions about dual language learning, from Zero to Three.

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Watch Barbara Bermudo, award-winning Univision news anchor, talk about the importance of talking, reading and singing to your children (in Spanish). >>



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Welcoming the New Year and a new New York City  mayor, Hillary sported her bob with newly clipped bangs today.   It’s a charming look for her.  President Clinton made a brief speech prior to administering the oath of office.   It has been an altogether festive day for NYC and its environs that share in its culture, economy, and spirit.

Here is a link to video of some highlights and here are some photos.  I took many of them from the TV screen,  and they are not spectacular since I could not get close enough without blocking the screen.   I was not the only person in the room that wanted to see this.  If I get access to better ones later I will add them
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OH! And here is a final one tweeted by our Hillary!


So pleased & proud to see Mayor sworn in today. MT : What a great day for NYC!


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Hillary continued collecting awards and honors during her birthday month of October.  Several were extremely prestigious.  The Chatham House Prize involved two events.  There was a town hall during the day and a banquet in the evening where the Duke of York presented her with  a scroll signed by Queen Elizabeth II.   She had the opportunity at this event to catch up with old friends William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, and Kevin Rudd who was Foreign Minister of Australia during part of her tenure at the State Department, Prime Minister twice, and is my Twitter follower.

In October, Hillary reentered politics like a wrecking ball helping to secure victories for Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial effort in Virginia and Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in New York City.

It was a very busy month.  Details from some of these events were not public.


New York NY


Save the Children Gala: National Legacy Awards


Clinton, NY

Hamilton College

Great Names speaker


New Haven CT

Yale University

Yale Law Award of Merit


London England

Chatham House & Banqueting House

Chatham House 2013 Prize


London England



Atlanta GA

Georgia World Congress Center

Closing Session NACS Show


New York NY

Cipriani on Wall Street in New York

Elton John Foundation Honor


New York NY


McAuliffe Fundraiser


New York NY


Voices of September 11 Gala


New York NY

Spring Studios

Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service @ Golden Heart Awards


Springfield VA

Team Terry Field Office

Woman for Terry Endorsement Event


New York NY

Roosevelt Hotel

Fundraiser Bill DeBlasio


Buffalo NY

University of Buffalo

Distinguished Speakers Series


Washington DC

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Center for American Progress Anniversary


Hamilton NY

Colgate University

Global Leaders Lecture


St. Louis Park MN

Beth El Synagogue

Speaker Series


Chicago IL

Sheraton Chicago

Vanguard fundraising luncheon for the Jewish United Fund


New York NY

Goldman Sachs

Q & A Session


Beverly Hills CA

Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl

Fundraiser Luncheon for Terry McAuliffe


Los Angeles CA

Oceana’s Partners Award Gala


Archives for October 2013 can be accessed here.

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President Bill Clinton To Swear In Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio

Bubba will do the honors on Bill de Blasio’s big day.

President Clinton will swear in the mayor-elect at his Jan. 1 inauguration, the transition team announced Saturday.

And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who hired de Blasio as her campaign manager during her 2000 Senate campaign — will attend with her husband.

“Chirlane and I couldn’t be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us,” de Blasio said in a statement, which highlighted that he had worked for President Clinton as a regional director at HUD.

The Clintons did not endorse any candidate in the Democratic primary, but became staunch de Blasio supporters in the general election.

Last October, Hillary Clinton headlined a fundraiser for her former staffer at the Roosevelt Hotel, which helped him raise more than $1 million.

President Clinton will swear in the 109th Mayor of New York using a bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on loan from the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.

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This is Hillary’s real homecoming after four years of serving at the State Department. We said good-bye and  sent her off five years ago when she brought in 2009.

U.S. Senator Clinton reacts to the crowd in Times Square before pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York Hillary Clinton, 2009 New Years Eve With Carson Daly Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrate at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York Bill and Hillary Clinton embrace at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York Former US President Clinton and his wife US Senator Hillary dance at midnight in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York 01-2009-03

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With November 2013 not even over yet,  Hillary Clinton leaves her successful fund raising for Terry McAuliffe and Bill de Blasio behind and moves on toward the mid-term primaries.  Her first beneficiary will be someone very close, according to HuffPo.

Marjorie Margolies represented Pennsylvania’s 13th district from 1993-1995.   She lost reelection after casting the final and deciding vote to pass President Clinton’s 1993 budget (as he had asked her to) despite her opposition to it.  No one should have any doubt about the value the Clintons place on loyalty.  Those up for reelection who never paid dues in the past need to take note.  It may take more than running over to Ready for Hillary or signing a letter to get a Clinton on your campaign bandwagon.  For now, at least, they are keeping it in the family.


Hillary Clinton To Reportedly Fundraise For Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton’s Mother-In-Law

Posted: 11/19/2013

PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton will be appearing next year at a fundraiser for Marjorie Margolies’ congressional campaign in the Pennsylvania suburbs, according to Ken Smukler, who serves as a communications consultant for Margolies.

Margolies, who is Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, is locked in a Democratic primary campaign against a strong progressive, state Sen. Daylin Leach, as well as two others. Margolies served one congressional term in the early 1990s.

Longtime Margolies fundraiser Linda August, who attended Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, also confirmed Clinton’s upcoming appearance.

“Hillary said from the beginning that she was not going to be political this year except for McAuliffe and family. She is scheduled to come in six months before the election. She is coming in just when we need her,” said Smukler, who also serves as spokesman for the local Democratic party. “The Clintons are doing this for themselves as much as for Marjorie. They can’t have a family member lose a race for Congress six months before she is gearing up for a presidential election.”

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Unconfirmed reports assert that the fundraiser Hillary hosted for Bill de Blasio at the Roosevelt Hotel netted more than the targeted one million dollars.   Having avoided the turmoils of the Democratic primary in the New York City mayoral race, both Bill and Hillary Clinton endorsed de Blasio on September 18 once the primary was history.   De Blasio was Hillary’s Senate campaign manager in 2000.

Here are some pictures from a variety of sources.

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