Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn) makes it official

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Briefing: De Blasio. (William Alatriste via flickr)
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Bill de Blasio formally entered the mayor's race yesterday and is campaigning in all five boroughs today.

He announced his campaign outside his Park Slope home, reinforcing the idea that he's a champion of outer-borough families, up against a Manhattan-centric administration which has shut out parents' voices from the education debate (and a Manhattan-centric would-be successor).

The formal declaration means de Blasio will now be asked a wider array of questions about policy, which he can't sidestep by saying he's focused solely on his job as public advocate. Also, it signals a new, more aggressive phase of his campaign: He took a couple of fairly direct shots at City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former comptroller Bill Thompson, his chief Democratic rivals. The former is too closely aligned with Michael Bloomberg and the latter practices "politics of the moment" and is only around during election years, according to de Blasio.

In the early polls, de Blasio trails by a healthy margin behind Quinn, who has a knack for keeping her visibility up without really engaging her rivals.

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"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany." @NYgovCuomo

8:15 a.m. Mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio appears on Good Day New York, Fox 5. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013

9-9:20 a.m. De Blasio greets commuters at 168th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013

9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives testimony before the Joint Session of the Assembly Ways and Means and the State Senate Finance Committees, in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building, on State and Dove Streets, in Albany. @MikeBloomberg #NYbudget

9:50-10:15 a.m. De Blasio greets commuters at East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue, at Fordham Plaza, in the Bronx. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013

11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Republican Leader James Oddo and Councilman Eric Ulrich discuss legislation to increase penalties for crimes against "vulnerable New Yorkers during a local state of emergency," in the Red Room of City Hall. @ChriscQuinn @HeyNowJO @Eric_Ulrich

11:25 a.m. De Blasio appears on the Brian Lehrer Show. @DeBlasioNYC @BrianLehrer #nyc2013

12:15-12:30 a.m. De Blasio greets commuters at Roosevelt Avenue and 74th Street, in Jackson Heights, Queens. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013

1 p.m. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces results of his home owner protection program for the Buffalo and Niagara region, in Suite 300A in the Main Place Tower, 350 Main Street, in Buffalo. @AGschneiderman

1:10-1:30 p.m. De Blasio addresses seniors at the Boro Park Y, 4912 14th Avenue, in Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013

2-2:20 p.m. De Blasio greets shoppers and commuters at New Dorp Plaza, at New Dorp Lane, on Staten island. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013

6:30 p.m. Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald attends the 46th Annual Conservative Party Political Action Conference Dinner and Cocktails, at the Holiday Turf Inn, 205 Wolf Road, in Albany. @GeorgeTmcDonald @cpnys #nyc2013

7:30 p.m. Public Advocate candidate and City Councilwoman Letitia James speaks to the 38th Assembly District Regular Democratic Club, at The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, Queens. @TishJames #nyc2013

8 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese and former congressional candidate Mark Murphy speak to the Staten Island Democratic Organization of Richmond County, at The Corner House, 102 Lincoln Avenue at N. Railroad Avenue, on Staten Island. @SalAlbanese2013 #nyc2013

On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: De Blasio, and Academy Award nominated director of The Gatekeepers, Dror Moreh. @DeBlasioNYC @InsideCityHall #nyc2013

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De Blasio's son Dante joked about running for mayor. [Jill Colvin]

A wire story fails to mention a bunch of very likely and already-announced mayoral candidates. [AP]

Quinn was endorsed by an influential pastor in Queens, Rev. Calvin Rice. [Erin Durkin]

Quinn's campaign received $10,000 in donations from executives at Coca-Cola days before arguing against Bloomberg's big beverage ban. [Michael Grynbaum]

Manhattan borough president candidate Julie Menin switched parties three times in two years. Former Republican governor George Pataki makes a cameo in the story. [Michael Gartland]

One editorial board supports the idea of moving the city primaries from September to June. [Daily News]

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly spoke about the problem of handguns on "Face the Nation." [Chuck Bennett]

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Ed Koch is out of the hospital. [New York Times]

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Albany

Errol Louis: "If that's not back-door borrowing, if that's not budgetary gimmicks, I don't know what is." [Road to City Hall]

A budget expert has a few problems with Cuomo's latest spending proposals. [E.J. McMahon]

Cuomo's new teacher evaluation deadline, which could trigger further education spending cuts in New York City, will be resisted by Assembly Democrats. [Ken Lovett]

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The Port Authority won't renew its security deal with the NYPD. [Josh Margolin]

Michael Caputo writes about the "crucifixion" of Joe Bruno for Breitbart.com. [Michael Caputo]

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