This Thursday, without any advance notice, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio jetted off to participate in the “Welcome to Hell” riots of Hamburg, Germany, after accepting an invitation to be a keynote speaker at the event, which indended to be a public display of protest against the attendance of President Trump and other world leaders at the 2017 G20 Summit.
Just hours before de Blasio snuck off to Germany, NYC officer Miosotis Familia was murdered while on duty by an ex-convict. Familia was a 12-year veteran on the force and a single mother to three children. She was also caring for her elderly mother.
Bill de Blasio’s unannounced trip meant he missed the swearing-in ceremony for 524 new NYPD recruits. At a time when residents, the police force, and new recruits needed a leader, the mayor was nowhere to be seen. The New York Post best describes the anger felt by most New Yorkers, asking the mayor “not to come back.”
State assembly woman Nicole Malliotakis, a NYC mayoral candidate, threw in her two cents:
“Unbelievable. Instead of jet-setting around the world, he should be here doing his job. A police officer was murdered, street homelessness has skyrocketed and people continue to get delayed on the trains.”
Local police organizations have also voiced their disappointment:
So far 160 police officers have injured by protesters at this year’s G20 summit. Whose side are you on Mr. Mayor?? https://t.co/OB3nG7VByZ
— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 7, 2017
NYC is facing a host of problems that apparently the mayor does not believe are as pressing as his “Welcome to Hell” protest. City subways are in such rough shape, in some cases being held together by zip ties, that state Governor Andrew Cuomo was forced to declare a state of emergency. As de Blasio landed in Germany, a train derailed for the third time in five months at Penn Station.
The city homeless rate has increased 40% in the past year alone, effectively doubling to nearly 4,000. These problems, along with increases in sex crimes and an out-of-control trash problem, continue to fuel public anger. And if that wasn’t bad enough, trash build-up is so bad that a rat was videotaped making off with an entire garbage bag.
Even Democratic candidate for mayor Sal Albanese had pointed words for Bill de Blasio.
“There’s no excuse for the mayor abandoning the city at a time when a police officer is assassinated,” said Albanese. “And where’s Waldo? He’s in Germany protesting.”
It’s time mayor Bill de Blasio and other leftist leaders worry about the problems in front of them, not those that are halfway across the world or far-off in the future.