NYC Mayor de Blasio Votes After Standing On Line for Hours in Park Slope
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio stood on line for hours today to cast his early vote in the upcoming elections.
Members of the media had been previously alerted to the Mayor’s expected vote at the Park Slope Armory YMCA today. Yet little did some of us know that when he headed to Brooklyn that he would actually be standing on line for hours.
Twitter postings featured videos and photos of him alongside the many other voters who were enduring the long wait. Something which has come to everyone’s attention since early voting began this past Saturday.
A tweet by Bill Neidhardt, Press Secretary to the Mayor quoted the Mayor:
“I admire everyone on this line and I’m going to join them” – @NYCMayor on why he hopped in a 3+ hour line to vote
— Bill Neidhardt (@BNeidhardt) October 27, 2020
Another by Gloria Pazmino, a reporter of Spectrum News NY1 shows her interviewing Mr. de Blasio.
“His lower back hurt. He was tired by hour 3, but @NYCMayor got some pizza delivered, shared with his neighbors and said he wanted to wait in line like everyone else,” stated the tweet.
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) October 27, 2020
At one point Ms. Pazmino asked the mayor, “You are coming up on hour three. We’ve been talking to you all day about the fact that you have been waiting, the fact that you don’t think the Board of Elections has done a good job here today. We did just learn a little while ago that the hours are going to be expanded, but is that good enough? “
“No, they have to do more, they have to,” said the Mayor. “Look, right now people are making very clear how much they want to vote and they’re waiting hours and hours. That’s not acceptable. Every site, the hours should be expanded immediately, especially for this weekend. More staff, more machines, whatever it takes because people are trying to perform a sacred responsibility. And look, three hours in line, that’s crazy.”
Here is yet another video of the Mayor being interviewed by CBS Channel 2 News New York: