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Bill de Blasio’s talk in Eastport postponed due to looming snowstorm

Hans Pennink | AP
Hans Pennink | AP
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio comments on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address and executive budget proposal, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Albany, N.Y.

The massive snowstorm expected this weekend has forced the postponement of a talk by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in Eastport.

Originally scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, de Blasio’s informal presentation titled “50 Years After MLK: The Path to Progressive Change Today” will be held at the Eastport Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m., said Lauren Koss, a spokeswoman for the center.

The talk, de Blasio’s second at the center in two years, will serve as a fundraiser for the arts center. De Blasio’s aunt, Jean Wilhelm, lives in Eastport and has long been involved in Stage East community theater and the arts center.

“Wherever I go in the country people yearn to restore a sense of community,” de Blasio said in a statement on the upcoming talk that was released Wednesday by the arts center. “I find that the Eastport Arts Center achieves this goal in exemplary fashion.”

In remarks de Blasio gave last year at a New York press conference, just prior to his Eastport visit, the mayor said the purpose of his visit was to spend time with Wilhelm around her birthday.

Anyone who requires a refund for Saturday’s event can contact the Eastport Arts Center at For more information about the event, visit

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