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Council Speaker Corey Johnson throws shade at Mayor de Blasio for not ‘showing up’ for New Yorkers

2019-09-24

Council Speaker Corey Johnson threw shade at Mayor de Blasio for skipping out on pressing New York City issues during his failed campaign for president.

“They say 90% of life is showing up. Well, 100% of being an elected official is showing up,” Johnson said on Fox 5’s “Good Day” Tuesday. “And if you’re mayor and you’re away, it’s hard. So he’s back now and I’m sure he’s going to focus on those things.”

Johnson said in the city there’s always work to do for elected officials, noting he helped a trapped cat last night, calling police, fire and housing officials.

“There are always things going on, whether it’s a blackout in midtown west or it’s a cat being stuck, there are things that happen,” Johnson said. “There’s things that happen and no problem is too small for New Yorkers. So when you’re away, when you’re traveling, when in Iowa or South Carolina, New Hampshire or Vegas, New Yorkers are like, ‘We want you here.’”

Johnson said he’s meeting with de Blasio on Tuesday for the “first time in a while.”

“Property taxes are out of control,” he said. “We want to make sure our city is a safe, livable city so there’s a lot to focus on.”

De Blasio suspended his long-shot presidential campaign on Friday after months of low polls and lackluster fundraising. He said Monday that he’ll “be traveling less.”

“I was in this campaign because I thought I had something to offer,” he said. “It’s nice to not have to schlep around.”

Asked if de Blasio seemed a “little depressed” since dropping out of the race, Johnson demurred.

“Well, he seemed happy and excited on the campaign trail,” Johnson said.