Buscemi says de Blasio made him ‘proud’ opposing Bloomberg and Quinn on term limits

Buscemi and de Blasio at City Hall. (Azi Paybarah)
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Tonight, "Boardwalk Empire" mayor Steve Buscemi stars at a fund-raiser for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, his fellow Park Slope resident and preferred candidate for mayor of New York City.

According to Buscemi, de Blasio "has his heart in all the boroughs."

I asked him, during a brief phone interview this evening before the fund-raiser, whether he would say the same thing about Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a rival to de Blasio who is running with the mayor's implicit endorsement.

"I really don't know a lot about the other candidates," said Buscemi. "I will say that I was not happy that she supported doing away with term limits."

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Buscemi said he wasn't happy with Bloomberg's role in doing away with term limits, either, even though he does think that "oftentimes his heart is in the right place."

"It did really upset me that he was able to run for a third term," said Buscemi.

De Blasio, on the other hand, was an outspoken opponent of the term limits overhaul that allowed Bloomberg to run again, and that made Buscemi "proud."

De Blasio, who's been trying to make Quinn's role in the term limits overhaul a campaign issue for a while now, and Buscemi go back more than a decade, back to de Blasio's first run for City Council, when his door-to-door campaigning brought him to the Buscemi home. 

De Blasio recognized the actor and said, according to Buscemi, "Oh, I really didn't know you lived here." 

"I said, 'That's OK,'" Buscemi told me. "'I believe you're not a stalker.'"

Buscemi said he voted for de Blasio then and ever since.

"We were at a protest together for Engine 204 in Cobble Hill, and he and I and a bunch of other activists were arrested," said Buscemi, a former firefighter.

He also credits de Blasio for fighting to retain tax credits for the film industry.

That "quite selfishly enables me to live in New York," Buscemi said.

Buscemi's "Boardwalk Empire" shoots in all five boroughs.