Friday, 9 June 2017

Mayor de Blasio continues defense of Brooklyn workout trips, says it keeps him 'connected to the neighborhood'

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Mayor de Blasio continues defense of Brooklyn workout trips, says it keeps him 'connected to the neighborhood'
 Don’t be fooled by the mansion he’s got — he’s still Billy from the block.

Mayor de Blasio continued his strident defense of his circuitous trips from the Upper East Side to Park Slope for his morning workouts Friday — telling WNYC that he doesn’t want to forget where he came from.

“I don't want to be someone who is seeing the world through the prism of Gracie Mansion,” de Blasio said. “I want to be someone who sees the world through the prism of the neighborhood I come from in Brooklyn, and remembers where I came from and all the people who have been part of life here.”

De Blasio, who actually comes from Cambridge, Mass., routinely visits the YMCA in Park Slope. It’s a few blocks from the rowhouse he once occupied, but 12 miles from the taxpayer manse he now inhabits. Hizzoner, who has eschewed the many gyms closer to his new home, thinks the cardio criticism is unfair.

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“I think this has been really painted in an unfair light,” de Blasio said. “I’m going to do what I think is going to help me be effective and stay connected to the neighborhood I come from.”

“I think this has been really painted in an unfair light,” de Blasio said. “I’m going to do what I think is going to help me be effective and stay connected to the neighborhood I come from.”

The mayor’s grappled with criticism of his fitness routine for years, but recently has come under fire for being chauffeured such a long distance in a caravan of SUVs while urging other New Yorkers to change their own habits to fight climate change.

He insisted New Yorkers don’t care about his gym routine — and again said he needs to take the SUVs, rather than the subway, to the faraway gym for security and efficiency reasons.

“It is literally a 24/7 job. It is, I can’t stop for a moment thinking about this job every hour of every day of every week — as it should be, and I knew that,” de Blasio said. “My obligation is to perform on behalf of the people of New York City, to make good decisions and to get things done for them. I have to do whatever I think is going to allow me to do that.”
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