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N.Y.C. mayor: May 16 to be Barbara Walters Day

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Barbara Walters, left, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray on ABC's "The View," today in New York. De Blasio is proclaiming May 16 as “Barbara Walters Day” in New York City.

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NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio is proclaiming May 16 as “Barbara Walters Day” in New York City.

Walters is retiring that day after a storied television reporting career that has spanned five decades.

De Blasio made the announcement today when he appeared on “The View,” the daytime talk show that Walters co-hosts.

He gave her an official city proclamation.

Walters and de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, had a frequently flirtatious on-air relationship.

De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, both appeared on ABC’s long-running talk show. The show’s hosts mostly wanted to ask about the couple’s relationship and family, and the conversation largely avoided politics.

De Blasio, who is white, and McCray, who is black, spoke about the challenges of being an interracial couple.

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