“This endorsement is music to my ears,” declared Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, clearly in pun-mode this morning as he stood between a drum kit and an Elmo character greeting passersby on a crowded corner of Times Square.
This seemed to be the motto of the today as Mr. de Blasio received the endorsement–and instrumental accompaniment–of Local 802, which represents musicians playing in Broadway musicals, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and other gigs.
Union president Tino Gagliardi took to the podium to sing Mr. de Blasio’s praises as a band equipped with a trombone, saxophone and upright bass dove into a jazz number.
“It’s like the difference between having a tin ear and perfect pitch,” Mr. Gagliardi said in comparing Mr. de Blasio to current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has had a strained relationship with many of the city’s unions.
“People listen to this union in more ways than one,” Mr. de Blasio responded, relishing the opportunity to make more jokes.
While Mr. de Blasio didn’t take the chance to join the band, he nonetheless bopped along as the band played through several musical numbers, as reporters looked on.
Before the announcement, Mr. de Blasio also took the opportunity to respond to the federal court ruling this morning that deemed New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies unconstitutional.
Naturally, Mr. de Blasio used the opportunity to tear into one of his rivals, Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
“The courts have just affirmed the facts that too many New Yorkers know to be true,” he declared. “Under the Bloomberg administration, with the acquiescence of Speaker Quinn, millions of innocent New Yorkers, overwhelmingly men of color, have been illegally stopped.”