In a television interview Monday, Mayor de Blasio thanked God that “we had a helicopter hit a building in the middle of Midtown, close to Times Square, and only the pilot died.”
All true, but the mayor might have added his personal thanks that the incident happened while he was actually in town instead of gallivanting around Iowa or Nevada in search of another job.
His absence would have been a major story itself. Imagine the headlines if he had been out of town and unable to get back.
Imagine the outcry if the incident had involved numerous fatalities. Or, even worse, had been a terrorist strike.
As it was, the crash of the wayward copter and where it happened understandably sparked 9/11 flashbacks for many New Yorkers. Had it traveled a hundred yards or so in almost any direction, many innocent lives could have been lost.
But counting on providential luck is not a strategy and the incident should be a wake-up call to de Blasio about his frequent absences from the city. Notorious for being late and lazy in his first term, he is treating the job as an afterthought in his second term.
That he is now more focused on the White House than City Hall shows the extent of his delusions. He’s throwing away the best job he’ll ever have in a vain quest for a job he’ll never get.
Polls in New York show growing unhappiness with him, and he fails to register a pulse in most Democratic presidential polls. Take a hint, Big Guy.
It’s his business if he wants to make a fool of himself nationally. It’s our business if he’s not doing the job he was hired — and paid handsomely — to do.
Memo to the Putz: Being mayor is not a part-time gig. Do the job or have the decency to give it up.
It is not a coincidence that the most successful mayors were on call 24 hours a day and left the five boroughs only briefly and occasionally.
Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg weren’t figureheads or ceremonial mayors. They spent time to understand the issues in the major agencies, and while they delegated decisions, they didn’t delegate responsibility. They were in charge.
All of that is Greek to de Blasio, who increasingly doesn’t even bother showing up at City Hall, instead forcing officials to waste time traveling to Gracie Mansion to see him. With 2¹/₂ years left in his term, New York can’t afford to drift until a new mayor takes office Jan. 1, 2022.
Consider just a few of the major problems he’s ignoring.
Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a fresh report of a spending scandal at the MTA, even as the agency is often described as “cash-strapped.” Perhaps the mayor might stir himself to connect the dots and point out that the agency should cut down on its waste before crying poverty.
The cliché is true — the subway is the lifeblood of the city. All the more strange then that the mayor is silent while the system is in obvious decline and consuming ever larger amounts of public money.
The congestion taxes dedicated to the MTA would drain even more money out of the city without making either a dent in congestion or satisfying the MTA. Bet your last dollar that the agency soon will be back for more, but that’s OK with the mayor because, really, what does he care?
Then there’s The Post’s exposé of the blatant racial agenda at the Department of Education. When white employees filed a federal suit complaining they had been discriminated against on the basis of race, the mayor called the suit “outrageous” and defended Chancellor Richard Carranza as an “extraordinary educator.”
The mayor’s flip response to the suit — he declined to discuss specific allegations — suggests he hadn’t read the details of the charges. It is impossible to imagine a serious mayor casually brushing aside such explosive allegations without being better informed.
Then again, the mayor can’t really be bothered with the nitty-gritty of city issues. Not when he’s got a presidential campaign to run and has to deal with all the rules of the Democratic National Committee over whether he’ll make the cut for debates.
Indeed, in that Monday interview, host Errol Louis asked de Blasio a series of questions about some recent criminal-justice incidents in the city, most of which the mayor seemed only vaguely familiar with, if at all. Rather than admit he didn’t know anything, his answers ranged from “I need to get you an answer” to “I haven’t seen the details” to “I only heard, you know, the broad strokes on this issue.”
But about those DNC rules for presidential candidates, the mayor talked and talked with passion, certainty and detail. Because that’s what he cares about.
Pelosi is not ‘Done ’ (ALAS)
It all started when he hit her back.
“I’m done with him,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday about President Trump.
“I don’t even want to talk about him. My stock goes up every time he attacks me, so what can I say, but let’s not spend too much time on that because that’s his victory, the diverter-of-attention-in-chief.”
Unfortunately for Pelosi, she can’t be “done” with the president.
The Constitution doesn’t give her that option.
Still, her comments show how much the relationship has deteriorated.
As I wrote Sunday, she first accused Trump of a coverup, then said he belongs in prison.
No slacker at counterpunching, the president unloaded, saying, “I think she’s a disgrace. I actually don’t think she’s a talented person, I’ve tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She’s incapable of doing deals. She’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”
Pelosi was said to be furious because Trump made those comments in an interview in Normandy during the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
But the president was already in Europe when she said he belonged in “prison,” so she threw the first punch.
Yes, border is in crisis
The border beat never stops. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told a Senate panel that 90 percent of asylum seekers skip their hearings after being released into the United States, Fox News reports.
He also testified that officials on the southern border apprehended 144,000 migrants in May, and described the situation as a “full-blown emergency.” McAleenan said that 60,000 migrant children have been taken into Homeland custody in just the last 40 days.
Critics of the White House still say it’s not a crisis. Maybe they have a point. A catastrophe is more like it.
Plain as the nose
Headline: Man Denies Owning Cocaine On His Nose
The Smoking Gun Web site adds the Florida suspect did not give police “an explanation as to how someone else’s cocaine got into his nose.”
He’ll need a lawyer to do that.