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August 6, 2014- If you were wondering why the Mayor was nowhere to be seen last night that the NYPD Night Out event, either in our location or anywhere in the papers, it turns out that he dodged the NYPD tradition. He made an excuse to be in DC for an event related to an African commerce conference. He was undoubtedly “handled” by his press people to avoid the ongoing choke-hold scandals.
According to the WSJ, ” Mayor Bill de Blasio attended a state dinner at the White House in Washington on Tuesday evening, leaving him absent at a time-honored tradition for New York City mayors: the National Night Out Against Crime.
A national event taking place in about 16,500 communities, the night is usually marked by cookouts, block parties, youth events and nighttime vigils and has served for years as a venue for New York elected officials to highlight their tough-on-crime credentials.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg participated all 12 years of his tenure, according to a Wall Street Journal review of his public events and people close to the billionaire businessman. Several times, the philanthropist flew around the five boroughs in a helicopter to attend such events.
Mr. de Blasio was in Washington to attend a state dinner on the White House South Lawn tied to the U.S.-Africa Business Summit, a three-day conference aimed at improving business between the U.S. and African nations. Mr. de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, were invited by President Barack Obama in mid-July, said Maibe Ponte, a de Blasio spokeswoman.”