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De Blasio Spent 7 Hours at City Hall in a Month: Report

Comedians suggest too much focus on 'Iowa'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2019 7:40 AM CDT
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at City Hall on Aug. 19, 2019.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Comedians descended on City Hall in New York last week to urge Bill de Blasio "to do some work"—and that was before a report suggesting the mayor spent just seven hours at his office in the month he announced his presidential campaign. The seven hours were split between six visits in May, during which de Blasio participated in two meetings, four events, and five phone calls, reports the New York Post, citing entries on his official calendar. "Whether at City Hall, Gracie Mansion or on the road, the mayor consistently delivers for 8.6 million New Yorkers," a spokeswoman says. A former aide counters, "If he's trying to show New Yorkers that he's over doing the job, he’s doing a good job of it.”

Days earlier, comedians Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler jokingly renamed City Hall Park as "Iowa" in the hope of drawing de Blasio back to the office. "People could come to 'Iowa' to tell you how tired they are of the city's crumbling subway system or you could address the lack of affordable housing in New York City from right here in 'Iowa,'" Stiefler said, per the New York Daily News. The pair also distributed "missing" posters for the mayor, and others that read "De Blasio For Resident." Political consultant Hank Sheinkopf now tells CBS New York that de Blasio would call it quits "if he had any brains," given that he's failed to qualify for the next presidential candidates' debate in Houston on Sept. 12. (Read more Bill de Blasio stories.)

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