Working relationship: De Blasio, 1897 mayor are cousins

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Posted: Dec 10, 2017 9:20 AM
Working relationship: De Blasio, 1897 mayor are cousins

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio won election in 2013 promising a progressive overhaul of public policy.

Robert Anderson Van Wyck won the same office in 1897 with a Tammany Hall-backed campaign featuring the slogan "To Hell with Reform."

The two mayors would seem to have little in common, but the genealogy company MyHeritage says it's discovered that the mayors are 11th cousins five times removed.

They share a common ancestor who was knighted in England in 1487.

Researchers at the company say they went looking for Van Wyck relatives because of the upcoming 120th anniversary of the consolidation of New York's five boroughs into one city, which occurred during his administration

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They were surprised to find the de Blasio link.

De Blasio did not respond to requests for comment.