Bill de Blasio victory celebrated in small Italian town with family ties

Nov 07, 2013 757

Celebratory corks were popped in the southern Italian town of Sant' Agata de' Goti to toast Italian-American Bill de Blasio's landslide victory in the Big Apple's mayoral race. De Blasio's maternal grandfather hailed from the town near Naples almost a century ago, and he still has cousins there today.

Dozens of people gathered in the town's former movie theater during the night to follow the ballot counting and watch him give his victory speech. Celebrations went on until 4 a.m. local time, and were expected to continue this weekend.

"Tonight I feel the deepest appreciation for generations of my family, including those no longer with us, and a special thank you to my Italian family and friends in Rome, and in my grandfather's hometown of Sant' Agata de' Goti, and my grandmother's hometown of Grassano. To them I say: grazie a tutti!" de Blasio said in his speech.

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