New York Mayor crossing the nation to represent his city

Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) political vision - and his political travels - have increasingly reached far beyond the borders of New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (dih BLAH’-zee-ohz) political vision – and his political travels – have increasingly reached far beyond the borders of New York City.

He’s appeared on national cable shows and sat down with Rolling Stone magazine.

He’s heading to Washington this week to unveil a progressive political agenda.

And so far in 2015, he’s made as many trips to the Midwest – two – as he has made official visits to the city’s borough of Staten Island.

It is commonplace for New York City mayors to become national figures, but experts note that de Blasio is risking being perceived as someone who has forgotten about his home.

The mayor has stressed that his work to change the political conversation nationally will help New Yorkers back home.

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