He’s going to show up when he’s good and ready.
A day after showing up 45 minutes late to a press conference and facing constant griping from reporters pressed to meet deadlines after his belated events, Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon labeled the complaints as just “noise.”
“The rest is noise. What matters is getting the job done for the people,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters at a press conference rolling out his new parks commissioner hire.
“I think that the important thing is when you get elected to do a job like this–responsible to 8.4 million people, with every conceivable subject matter that we have to deal with–my job is to do the best for the people. I don’t get hung about some of the things I see in the media,” he argued. (The question itself could not be heard on audio tapes but according to three other reporters present, the inquiry was indeed about Mr. de Blasio’s lateness.)
The New York Post revived the frequent headlines about the “chronically tardy” mayor in a story today after Mr. de Blasio kept a room full of people waiting for around 45 minutes yesterday as he prepared to sign new legislation expanding the city’s paid sick day mandate. One little kid got so sick of standing he plopped down on the floor, the Post noted.
Mr. de Blasio’s team had appeared to have made some progress in keeping him on schedule after a barrage of press complaints in his first weeks in office–with him showing appearing just 15 or so minutes late to multiple recent events, including today’s.
Asked about the topic two months ago, Mr. de Blasio insisted he was “very comfortable” with regularly showing up 35 to 55 minutes after his events’ scheduled start times.