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The Mayor’s Message: A Look Back at De Blasio’s States of the City

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The mayor delivering his state of the city in (clockwise from upper left) 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Homelessness has been mentioned six times over the four years. Pre-K has garnered 11 mentions over the same period. The mansion tax is one idea that made it into the speech but not into reality. But NYCID made it from the speech into hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers’ pockets. A higher minimum wage eventually became law. But the BQX streetcar? The jury is still out.

On Tuesday night Mayor de Blasio delivers his fifth state of the city address at 7 p.m. from the Kings Theater in Brooklyn. (It will be livestreamed at

A review of the mayor’s four previous annual addresses finds ideas that lived and others that died, common themes and changes of emphasis. In early 2014, de Blasio lambasted the “gridlock” in Washington, but by 2017 he stressed the need to protect the city from what might happen in the nation’s capitol. The mayor’s first annual speech mentioned inequality five times, but his most recent one only used the word once.

Below are the transcripts, videos and key highights from each of the

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