Morning Read: ‘He Can’t Be on Time for Almost Anything’

Bill de Blasio and Al Roker take a selfie. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)

Bill de Blasio and Al Roker take a selfie. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Headline of the Day: “On Staten Island, de Blasio defends NYPD’s need for speed.”

Runner-Up: “This Time, de Blasio Confronts S.U.V. Issue Head-On.”

Bill de Blasio‘s Hurricane Sandy rebuilding event yesterday was a little short on specifics. As the Staten Island Advance noted: “[T]he mayor didn’t offer many specifics about parts of the program he liked or didn’t like, or about what he’d like to see happen. He did ask people frustrated by the delay to wait a little longer to see his plan.”

While Capital New York noted Mr. de Blasio declined “to answer questions on how he plans to improve the city’s Build it Back program, which is tasked with helping New Yorkers whose homes were damaged by the storm …. He has not yet hired someone to run the recovery effort, nor did he answer a question about the scope of the current problem.”

New York Post editorial writer Rob George compared Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio to Bill Clinton. As far as Mr. de Blasio goes: “Ask anyone who had to engage with the then-president in the ’90s, and you’ll always hear the same thing: He can’t be on time for almost anything — and the earlier in the day the event was, the less likely he’d make it.”

REBNY board member Bob Knakal recalled his closed-press meeting with the mayor. “[H]is initiative to expand our base of affordable housing was met receptively by our group,” Mr. Knakal wrote in the Commercial Observer. “He did not discuss plans to require, rather than incentivize, affordable components in new developments, which would not have been met so receptively.

Congressman Charlie Rangel reflected on being poised to be the second-oldest member in the House. “There may have been a lot of things that were on my agenda, but being old and one of the most senior was never among them,” he told the Daily News. “I don’t think anyone really wants to wait to see if anyone dies to move up.”

And here’s video, via, of Mr. de Blasio’s press conference in Staten Island yesterday: