De Blasio's ascension has created a sense of nervousness within some corners of the city's business community, which prospered during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12-year reign and is fearful of more liberal policies emanating from City Hall.
The candidate has acknowledged the tension, sending reassuring signals to leaders in a series of closed-door meetings and fundraisers, and praising Bloomberg far more often than usual in his Friday speech.
"Look. I know not everyone in this room agrees with every part of my plan," de Blasio said. "Today let's go forth together and resolve that the tale of two cities will be in our past and that building one city will be our future."
De Blasio also raised eyebrows in the Marriott Marquis ballroom when he dubbed himself a "fiscal conservative."
"I'm a progressive activist fiscal conservative, but I'm still a fiscal conservative," he said while fielding a question from the audience. "And so we can't talk about tax cuts in any sector until we sort out our financial situation."
De Blasio later explained his remark to reporters, saying his "progressive" plan "begins with balancing the budget." By law, the city is required to balance its budget.
Like every politician that comes up through a corrupt and rotten political system like the one we have here in the United States, de Blasio bears close watching.
He ran left this election cycle.
That's because that was where the opening was.
Had the opening been on the right, don't kid yourself that he wouldn't have run right.
De Blasio, like almost every other politician in the American system, is expedient and an opportunist.
These guys do what makes the most sense politically.
This time around that meant running left.
But don't be surprised if he pulls a Barack Obama once he's in office and all those nice leftie promises he made during the primaries get kinda forgotten.
You know, the way Obama forgot to bring his walking shoes to the White House.
The smarter charter school operators know this too.
That's why they're contributing to him and making nice.