New York mayor Bill de Blasio had to call it quits on his Friday workout session because he didn’t want to deal with a homeless activist.
Mayor de Blasio was in the midst of his daily exercise session at the Park Slope YMCA when Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, 72, began asking him to provide 30,000 extra units for the homeless.
‘I’m in the middle of doing my workout, I can’t do this now,’ the mayor responded, before getting up and darting to the nearest exit.
Adesegun had arrived at the Ninth Street Y with a dozen other VOCAL-NY activists to advocate for the homeless folk of New York City.
‘He made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him,’ Adesegun asserted to Patch. ‘Am I just supposed to stay homeless?’
The activists contended that the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program excluded the 62,000 homeless New Yorkers who couldn’t meet the steep income mark to get the ‘affordable housing’ promised through it.
Of the 300,000 units added to affordable housing, only five per cent has been allotted to those who identify as homeless.
‘Mayor de Blasio may love working out, but his plan for housing homeless New Yorkers is just weak,’ said Coalition for the Homeless policy director Giselle Routhier. ‘This is simply unacceptable and perpetuates the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ he vowed to fix.’
Outside of the gym, de Blasio could be seen being hounded by more activists as he grabbed his suit and rushed back into the facilities.
‘Why won’t you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio?’ shouted an activist. ‘Five per cent is not adequate!’
Activist outside the YMCA could be seen holding signs that read: ‘De Blasio To Homeless NYers: Stay Homeless.’
The mayor never engaged with the protesters in the clips.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Matthew Wright