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The First Lady of New York City Talks About Mental Health

By: Amanda Cooper

March 09, 2018 - 6:48 pm

March is National Women’s History Month which honors extraordinary achievements of American women.  Today, I am highlighting a woman who is a writer, editor, communication professional, speechwriter, wife and most importantly a mother of two wonderful children. If that is not what some would consider a full plate, she also happens to be the First Lady of New York City. In 1991, McCray entered politics, she worked as a speechwriter for New York City Mayor David Dinkins and met her husband.  In 2014, her husband, Bill de Blasio, was elected the 109th Mayor of New York City and she made history as the first African American to be First Lady. Before moving into Gracie mansion, McCray and de Blasio lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn with their two children Chiara and Dante

When I first met First Lady Chirlane McCray, I anticipated a hurried interview with a quick photo opp. Instead, she was a gracious, elegant and intelligent woman with a heart for the people of New York. She willing took her time and spoke with me about the mental health initiative that she is leading called ThriveNYC.  

Watch the video below for the full interview.