NYC mayor: Don’t interrupt my workout to talk about issues

Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks at the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit in Midtown Manhattan on Monday

A video uploaded to YouTube shows de Blasio stretching at a Brooklyn YMCA on Thursday when 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun approaches him.

"Why won't you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio?" shouted an activist outside the gym.

Adesegun is an activist with VOCAL-NY, an advocacy group for low-income residents in New York state.

"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". She asked him why, by some figures, just 5 percent of the 300,000 units in his affordable housing program will go to the city's homeless population.

De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips told The New York Times that the gym is "not the right venue" for political discussions, explaining that "people working out at the gym shouldn't be anxious they will be recorded in highly publicized, videotaped political confrontations every morning".

"He made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him", Adesegun told Park Slope Patch. "Five percent is not adequate for homeless new Yorkers".

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The mayor's spokesman said a gym is not the right venue for such discussions.

"People working out at the gym shouldn't be anxious they will be recorded in highly publicized, videotaped political confrontations every morning", mayoral spokesperson Eric Phillips told The New York Times.

The mayor's office, reached for comment, replied, "No thanks", in an email.

It wasn't hard for the advocates to track down the mayor - he works out at the Y most mornings after being driven there from Gracie Mansion. Footage shows a group of demonstrators outside the YMCA attempting to confront de Blasio as he leaves. "He's failed on this".

"People are uncomfortable. People are demanding homes for themselves".


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