De Blasio says NY must live up to Mandela's spirit

De Blasio says NY must live up to Mandela's spirit

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NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says New York is proud to have supported Nelson Mandela.

De Blasio spoke on Saturday in a Harlem tribute to the South African leader who died earlier this week. De Blasio was joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the city's soon-to-be police commissioner Bill Bratton and former mayor David Dinkins.

Mandela's first stop on his 1990 U.S. visit was New York, where he was welcomed by Dinkins and de Blasio, then a mayoral aide. It was just months after his 27-year incarceration ended.

The mayor-elect said on Saturday that it's now up to New York to live in Mandela's spirit of economic and racial equality.

De Blasio says Mandela is the socially progressive model the city should follow.

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