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New York mayor becomes Christmas statuette in Naples

A christmas figurine depicting New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio stands in a shop on November 8, 2013 in the via San Gregorio Armeno, in Naples, a street where many nativity scene craftsmen have their workshops
A christmas figurine depicting New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio stands in a shop on November 8, 2013 in the via San Gregorio Armeno, in Naples, a street where many nativity scene craftsmen have their workshops

The newly-elected mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is now a figurine for Christmas Nativity scenes in Naples thanks to artisans in the homeland of the politician's Italian grandfather.

The terracotta statuette shows the new mayor -- who has spoken proudly of his Italian heritage -- smiling and waving and wearing an Italian flag band like the one donned by mayors in Italy.

It is on sale in San Gregorio Armeno, the Naples neighbourhood specialising in Christmas crafts, alongside representations of the traditional Holy Family as well as celebrities and world leaders including Maradona and Pope Francis.

The statue was made by Genny Di Virgilio who said he would give it to the mayor if he visits.

"This is a great moment for the all the people of the Campania region and all the Neapolitan families with relatives who emigrated to the United States," Di Virgilio told reporters.

De Blasio's grandfather came from the town of Sant'Agata de Goti in Campania near Naples, which held celebrations in his honour this week.