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De Blasio Enlists New York City's Wealthy for His War on Income Inequality

  • After campaign attacks, mayor finds allies on Wall Street
  • `It took a little bit of time for the relationship to blossom'
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on June 9, 2015, in New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on June 9, 2015, in New York City.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who became a scourge of the wealthy with a vow to raise their taxes, has enlisted members of the financial elite to advance his agenda.

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson has offered $5 million to get computer science in every city school, while Viacom Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman is pushing for more broadband Internet in the Bronx. Hedge-fund operators Paul Tudor Jones and William Ackman and Blackstone Group LP President Tony James are helping with affordable housing, mental health and youth employment.