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NYC mayor: May 16 to be Barbara Walters Day

NYC mayor de Blasio makes debut on "The View," proclaims May 16 to honor Barbara Walters
Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is proclaiming May 16 as “Barbara Walters Day” in New York City.

Walters is retiring that day after a storied television reporting career that has spanned five decades.

De Blasio made the announcement Monday when he appeared on “The View,” the daytime talk show that Walters co-hosts.

He gave her an official city proclamation.

Walters and de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, had a frequently flirtatious on-air relationship.

De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, both appeared on ABC’s long-running talk show. The show’s hosts mostly wanted to ask about the couple’s relationship and family, and the conversation largely avoided politics.

De Blasio, who is white, and McCray, who is black, spoke about the challenges of being an interracial couple.




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