De Blasio will be leaving Gracie Mansion late
Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to leave Gracie Mansion as it should be: late!
The movers were at the mayor’s official residence on Friday to pack de Blasio’s belongings into a pair of vans, but town hall said the perpetually late bureaucrat would stay there overnight, even though mayor-elect Eric Adams immediately succeeds him after the stroke of midnight.
With one of de Blasio’s two Park Slope homes rented and the other undergoing extensive renovations, sources said he would be moving to the Marriott Hotel in downtown Brooklyn.
It’s unclear how long de Blasio plans to stay there. It was not clear who is paying for the hotel stay.
And while he could have refused, law enforcement sources also said taxpayers will continue to foot the bill for de Blasio to be protected by an NYPD security detail for at least six months.
The unit will consist of a sergeant and six detectives, including the inspector, lieutenant, three sergeants and around 30 detectives now assigned to the outgoing mayor and his family, sources said.
“He needs details because he doesn’t own a car and even though he has all these bike lanes installed he is not about to cycle around town,” said a source.
“He would be too easy a target for the thousands of New Yorkers who hate him to verbally harass him or worse.”
In October, de Blasio landed in hot water after an Investigations Department investigation found he had used his NYPD security details for “political ends” during his failed presidential campaign and to do so. personal “errands” for Hizzoner – including helping her daughter move and driving her son – throughout his town hall.
The Investigations Department’s 49-page investigation undermined years of de Blasio’s explanation – that his family’s safety required detailed assignments – by revealing that the NYPD had never produced written assessments of these threats. and that the assignments were motivated by the preferences of de Blasio’s family.
Outside Gracie Mansion on Friday, de Blasio’s future neighbors on Manhattan’s Upper East Side were delighted today to finally see him pack his bags and prepare to leave.
“Please get him out of here!” Can’t wait, ”a woman yelled at the movers as she walked past the entrance on East End Ave.
Another woman shouted, “He can’t leave soon enough!” and a third – who walked along the barricades that blocked the sidewalk – bitterly cursed de Blasio under her breath.
“Fucking mayor,” she mumbled.
An East End Avenue resident told The Post, “I’ve lived here for 30 years and he’s the biggest loser I’ve ever called my neighbor.”
“He ruined the city,” plagued the man.
“Dirt, crime, homelessness. I have never been so happy to see a neighbor move.
De Blasio infamously had a white picket fence erected around the historic mansion to protect him as he sat on the porch, The Post revealed in December 2014 – about six months after his late move after his election in 2013
At the time, a source said that de Blasio “felt like people were getting too close to him” because some “would see him and shout,” Hi, Mr. Mayor! “”
Neighborhood podiatrist Sam Carr, 61, took advantage of his Friday lunch break to stand in front of the Gracie Mansion with a sign telling de Blasio “Good riddance !!” and warned: “Don’t let the door hit your ‘toochas’ on your way out!” “
“I really care about New York and it’s so sad to see the destruction over the past eight years,” Carr said.
“We’re like the Wild West now thanks to him. So I said: what is it? I’m just around the corner from Gracie Mansion. It’s his last day. Let me give it a good start.
Employees at stores along nearby York Avenue said de Blasio – who used to drive to Park Slope in a convoy of SUVs for leisurely morning workouts at the YMCA in Prospect Park and breakfasts at Colson Patisserie – was not among their customers.
“Can’t say I’ll miss him because he’s never bought anything here,” said a Millennium Convenience & Grocery store employee.
“He lived here, but it was never his neighborhood.
Kay Qu, store manager at Park East Wines and Spirits, said, “He’s lived a block away the entire time, but I never sold him wine.”
“I knew he lived nearby, but that’s about it,” Qu added.
A waitress at Effy’s Cafe also said: “I have never seen him or his wife eat here.”
“Locals like to come here, but I don’t think they really saw themselves as local,” she said.
“So what to say goodbye to?” “
The Post saw one of the moving trucks transporting several boxes of de Blasio’s belongings to a U-Haul moving and storage facility in Park Slope.
De Blasio’s press secretary Danielle Filson declined to expand on his plans beyond saying, “The mayor has said on several occasions that he is going back to Brooklyn, and that is exactly what he is doing. “
Regarding her security details, she added, “With each incumbent mayor, the NYPD does a risk assessment and makes a decision based on that.”