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New Yorkers Say Mayor Bill De Blasio Seems More Relaxed

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After seven and a half years of holding down one of the toughest jobs in America, Mayor Bill de Blasio seems to have more spring in his step, showing a new blissful side to himself. It is coincidence or is there a bigger reason? CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer explains.

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- After 7 and 1/2 years of holding down one of the toughest jobs in America, Mayor de Blasio seems to have more spring in his step, showing a new blissful side to himself.

- So what is going on here? CBS2's political reporter Marcia Kramer explains.

MARCIA KRAMER: One picture may be worth a thousand words, but this one's easily worth a thousand tweets. Mayor de Blasio talking to a garbage bin from the correct socially distant six feet, of course.

BILL DE BLASIO: The bin is here. You know, I'm confused. I was told the bin had remarks. And clearly, it's-- it's a bin. It's a very good-looking, sleek bin, but with nothing to say.

MARCIA KRAMER: It was part of a composting announcement, but also an uncharacteristically light moment for a mayor not normally known for letting his hair down. Just one of several recently that have people asking, is this the new Bill?

BILL DE BLASIO: I declare myself a Yankee fan.

MARCIA KRAMER: A devout Red Sox fan, he put on a Yankee cap at the opening of a vaccine clinic at Yankee Stadium. And he braved the 86-foot plunge of the Cyclone roller coaster at the opening of Coney Island.

[CHEERING]

So what's going on? A personality transplant? No more buttinsky governor? The waning of the pandemic?

Is it the fact that you see the light at the end of the tunnel because of COVID? Is it because you no longer feel you're under the thumb of Governor Cuomo?

BILL DE BLASIO: Marcia, look, there may be more than one reason. But I'll tell you the number one reason to me is the city's coming back.

MARCIA KRAMER: He dodged the Cuomo question, but aids to the mayor have made it abundantly clear that the governor's preoccupation with his own troubles have contributed to what they call "the spring of Bill." New Yorkers have noticed. Some like the new Bill. Some don't.

BARBARA MATTER: He seems a lot more relaxed.

- And I think he says all the right things, but I don't think that the things get done.

DAVID HAIDERZAD: Very arrogant. He thinks he's too high up in his castle. He's got to bring himself down.

- I kind of like him much more than I used to.

MARCIA KRAMER: In the wacky world of New York politics, some pundits may be wondering if Goofball Bill is part of a strategy to become Governor Bill. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS2 News.

- Well, it's Bill 2.0, that's for sure. His term is up on December 31. He's played it coy when asked about running for governor.