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Mayor De Blasio On Defense After Blackout

July 15, 2019 - 1:22 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio is fending off criticism because he was in Iowa campaigning for his presidential bid while Manhattan was in the grips of a major power outage.
The mayor said Monday on MSNBC that he was in frequent contact with agencies handling the emergency and that he thinks first responders did an "incredible job.''
The Saturday night blackout darkened more than 40 square blocks of Manhattan, including Times Square. 
De Blasio sidestepped criticism from numerous quarters, including from fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A front-page New York Post editorial called for de Blasio's ouster, saying he does not care about New York City, its people or their taxes. The local news website The City reports de Basio's presidential run has so far cost city taxpayers $100,000 in travel expenses and NYPD bodyguards.

De Blasio said he took a four-hour car ride from Iowa to Chicago and got on the first available plane home.
He insisted that the blackout response was well-managed with his remote supervision.

WCBS 880 has reached out to de Blasio for comment on The City report and Post editorial.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)