New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo skipped out on a 9-11 memorial dedication ceremony for injured first responders and recovery workers.
de Blasio went on to publicly shame and blame his staff for him skipping the event.
Washington Free Beacon reported that de Blasio on Friday blamed his absence at a 9/11 memorial ceremony on his staff not letting him know about the event.
The solemn dedication ceremony honoring those who died from toxic exposure at ground zero after the September 11th terrorist attacks took place Thursday morning at the 9/11 Memorial Glade at Liberty and West streets. Both de Blasio, who is running a long shot campaign for president, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (N.Y.) were absent from the ceremony, according to the New York Post.
You’ll recall, two years ago, de Blasio skipped a memorial for a fallen police officer at a swearing-in ceremony in order to hang out with G-20 protesters in Germany.
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Mayor de Blasio’s staff threw themselves under the bus Friday to protect their boss from the fallout over his blowing off a memorial event for those who died from toxic exposure to Ground Zero after 9/11.
A spokesman for de Blasio claimed the mayor was missing from the ceremony for the unveiling of the 9/11 Memorial Glade because nobody told him about it.
“The Mayor’s team believed they could not make the event work with his schedule and declined without conferring with him,” de Blasio spokesman Freddi Goldstein said in a statement.
“Had [he] known about the invitation, he would have attended.”
De Blasio, who is running a quixotic campaign for president, was able to make it to his usual coffee shop in Brooklyn.
Also, his security detail was spotted at his favorite gym, the Park Slope Y, until about 10 a.m. — just before the ceremony.
A spokeswoman said he was attending an “internal meeting” at Gracie Mansion afterward.
Gov. Cuomo also was a no-show at the solemn event attended by family members of those who have died from 9/11-related illnesses.
Cuomo said on Friday that he could not attend the ceremony, while pointing out that Albany provided funding for the Glade.
“I regret that I couldn’t attend,” Cuomo said at an event in Manhattan. “You know, we supported that memorial, I think we gave them $500,000, is that right?”
Those who did attend included former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and several local Congress members.
Maureen Fritz, who attended the event in honor of her brother, firefighter William Gormley, thought the politicians should have made it their business to attend.
“They should have been here and it’s unacceptable that they’re not,” said Fritz. “They ought to be ashamed of themselves . . . They should not be re-elected at all because that’s not how you treat your citizens, your first responders.”
Kate Monaghan Connolly, spokeswoman for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, said both de Blasio and Cuomo were invited.
Another 9/11 Memorial & Museum spokeswoman, Olivia Egger, said that the governor was expected to attend but canceled at the last minute, citing a scheduling conflict.
Cuomo was expected to deliver a speech at the dedication. Instead, Cuomo sent the counsel to the governor, Alphonso David, while he stayed in Albany.