Small and picturesque, Sant’ Agata de’ Goti is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, but it has good reason to feel proud following the outcome of New York’s mayoral race.
Bill de Blasio’s maternal grandfather came from the Italian town 35 kilometres northeast of Naples almost a century ago, and the next mayor of the most populous city in the United States still has cousins there.
Dozens of local residents gathered in a former cinema to watch the results and celebrated into the night.
“We had already begun getting to know him because his family here told us about his open and bright nature, typical of people from southern Italy,” said the mayor of Sant’ Agata de’ Goti, Carmine Valentino.
The locals appreciated the fact that de Blasio mentioned the town, whose population numbers 12,000, in his victory speech.
He last visited three years ago and has promised to return as soon as he can.
The council has decided to make New York’s mayor-elect an honorary citizen of Sant’ Agata de’ Goti.