De Blasio arrived late for his own farewell party

The eternally delayed mayor de Blasio was two hours late for his own farewell celebrations.

The lame-and-leader was scheduled to celebrate his last day at City Hall on Thursday with a “walkout ceremony” outside the building at 6 p.m. 15.00 Thursday.

De Blasio had planned the ceremony a day before his official last day in office. Newly elected Mayor Eric Adams takes over at midnight on December 31st.

But first, the Staten Island funeral for FDNY lieutenant Joseph Maiello, who died on the job, ran too late, forcing de Blasio, who spoke at the event, to push back his ultimate press briefing from 6 p.m. from 15.00 to 15.45

While the mayor arrived at City Hall at. 14.30 – to the sound of vandalism shouting “Go home, do not let the door hit you in the ass!” and “Hope you and your wife get in jail!” – he first started the press briefing at 15.15

The mayor played a video of his performance at the top of the briefing, then burst into tears as his wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante de Blasio joined him to show another short film of prominent New Yorkers such as feminist Gloria Steinman and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who thanked. him for his public service.

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Workers move podium inside after protesters create riot outside.
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Heckler shouts “Hope you and your wife get in jail!”
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“We’ve just caught hell all the way through,” de Blasio told reporters when asked about his infamous antagonistic relationship with former governor Cuomo.

Yes, even with Cuomo gone, de Blasio still felt the heat.

The briefing ended at 16.30. Still, the dismissal ceremony did not begin until 6 p.m. 5pm as city workers struggled to move a podium and other equipment indoors as more than 50 protesters including Trump supporters and opponents of the Blasios COVID-19 vaccine mandates raged outside City Hall gates.

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Trump supporters and opponents of the Blasios COVID-19 vaccine mandates raged outside City Hall gates.
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Ring-wing protesters gathered outside City Hall with farewell signs.
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One duo carried a sign that read “Buy-Bye s-thead,” and others shouted swear words through the bullhorn, including “a-hole.”

Another opponent drove up to the gates of an SUV that banged Ray Charles’ “Hit the road Jack!”

As about 100 de Blasio supporters stormed into the town hall rotunda for his farewell speech, the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi nervously at the front door.

In the last many weeks, as Omicron has risen sharply and increased COVID cases and hospitalizations to unprecedented levels, Chokshi has urged New Yorkers to avoid large indoor gatherings.

Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray.
Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray celebrate.
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Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray.
Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked his wife McCray for her support over the years.
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At 5.30pm, de Blasio had finished his speech thanking his wife McCray and other longtime officials in the administration, including First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan and Chief of Staff Emma Wolfe, but instead of walking out the front door of City Hall as planned, returned to his office.

The unexpected move left a phalanx of news cameras waiting in the dark.

“He’s doing more work in his office,” mayor’s spokeswoman Danielle Filson told The Post.

Meanwhile, a few dozen protesters remained outside the town hall gates to say their own goodbye.

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