Meet the Mayor
Mayor Bill de Blasio today played host at Gracie Mansion to several thousand New Yorkers who waited hours in the frigid cold for a quick photo-op with the new mayor.
But Mr. de Blasio, who spent weeks mulling whether he and his family would move into the opulent digs, made clear he was in no rush to decamp from his current Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama toured New Jersey, but, at the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, did not go to the hard-hit areas of New York City due to concerns that he would drain emergency resources. That changed today, however, and Mr. Obama is currently in Staten Island along with Mr. Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other elected officials. According to our own Hunter Walker, who’s traveling with the president, Mr. Obama surveyed the damage to Breezy Point and the Rockaways from the air, and received a fairly positive response when he landed in Staten Island.
“A group of residents who were here at the center, which was not closed today, are cordoned off about 200 feet from the tents,” he wrote. “They cheered when POTUS arrived. Several became dismayed and shouted ‘Get out of the way’ when the press corps blocked their view of the president.”