This time, it wasn’t the MTA’s fault.
Mayor Bill de Blasio showed up 20 minutes late for a subway ride Thursday — then complained about how the trains delay people.
“The subways aren’t working enough. They are constantly making them late,” he said as he stumped for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan to fund subway repairs.
De Blasio was scheduled to ride the rails from City Hall to a press conference in East Harlem at 11:45 a.m., but the chronically tardy mayor didn’t make it to the platform until 12:05 p.m.
At first, Hizzoner’s reps said they didn’t know where he was, but he later claimed he chose to show up late because 4 and 5 trains were delayed.
“You are all obsessed, my friend,” he said when asked why he was so late.
“Because work was being done at City Hall, and we had to finish a few things, and we knew there was time to get to the next thing on time.”
De Blasio said he was lobbying leaders of the state Senate and Assembly to pass congestion pricing to cut down on traffic and generate $1 billion a year for subway repairs.
But at the press conference, which dealt with minority- and women-owned businesses, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte stood next to the mayor and said she was “not in favor” of the proposal.
Rather than take the subway back downtown, de Blasio hopped into an SUV that had been driven up to meet him. His spokesman, Eric Phillips, defended the arrangement.
“For security and emergency response reasons, the police department travels by car wherever [de Blasio] goes, by whatever means,” he said.
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