Captured on camera, Bill de Blasio turned his back on a bakery manager who had asked for help for his struggling business during a ‘photo op’ with the Mayor of New York City visiting Chinatown to promote local businesses.
In the video, tweeted Tuesday by a New York Post reporter, 26-year-old Patrick Mock was seen explaining the difficulties Mott Bakery has faced since the pandemic hit the city in mid-March.
“We’ve been taking a hit since January,” Mock overhears De Blasio, who first seems to be listening to the man.
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Bill de Blasio (pictured Tuesday) was caught on camera turning his back on bakery manager Patrick Mock, who had asked for help for his struggling business during a ‘photo op’ with the New York City mayor who visited Chinatown to promote local businesses
“We’ve lost our Chinese New Year, our busiest day in our community; the most festive holiday we’ve had, ”Mock said to de Blasio.
Mock was referring to the racist fear of the coronavirus that began shortly after the virus broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Asian-American entrepreneurs in New York City at the time said virus fears caused a drop in sales, especially around their busiest holiday, the Chinese New Year, which occurred on January 25, 2020.
“Then COVID happened and we’re all in pain,” Mock continued. “We need help,” Mock said as the mayor turned away.
In the video, it is unclear what the mayor said before turning his back on Mock.
Mock later told the Gothamist that the Blasio was ‘there to take a picture’ to promote ‘alfresco dining in Chinatown’.
But photos are cheap now. We need help in our community, ”he added.
‘I’ve finally got his attention. I spoke the truth. I was starting to get emotional, but I was just talking about what we needed in the neighborhood. And he was like, “Okay, I have to move on to the next part, this is not on schedule. I have to move on.” ‘
Mock later told the Gothamist that de Blasio (photo eating ice cream Tuesday) was “ there to take a photo ” to “ promote alfresco dining in Chinatown ”
De Blasio toured stores in Chinatown to encourage New Yorkers to support companies stigmatized since the start of the coronavirus outbreak
De Blasio has been criticized on multiple fronts for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, the closure of the New York City Police Department, his decision not to delay the reopening of schools in the fall, and the rise of homelessness in the city (pictured)
Mock told the news site: ‘I explain it to him and he walks away, it just shows, like – maybe he knows there’s a problem, but there’s nothing he wants to do or say to boost our confidence . ‘
New York paid $ 40 billion in unemployment benefits to 3.3 million New Yorkers in more than five months, compared to $ 2.1 billion in benefits processed throughout 2019.
More than a third of the state’s unemployment claims came from workers in particularly hard-hit industries: retail, accommodation and food, and health and social assistance.
De Blasio has been criticized on multiple fronts for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, the closure of the New York City police, his decision not to delay the reopening of schools in the fall, and the rise of homelessness in the city.
On June 30, City Council voted, at De Blasio’s suggestion, to strip $ 1 billion from the NYPD in response to intense calls from BLM protesters surrounding, demolishing city hall and courthouse, and staging demonstrations for days.
Much of the cut has been cutting the jobs of more than 1,000 rookies who would graduate from police academy in July. A plainclothes anti-crime unit was also disbanded.
At the time, it had been just weeks since the NYPD police had struggled to stem the looting in the city, and there were already complaints from top executives that the police did not have the resources they needed.
Since then, crime has skyrocketed – with more and more shootings and murders – and homelessness is on the rise. As part of his pandemic response, de Blasio has taken 13,000 homeless people to hotels.
New York City executives wrote a letter to Blasio this week urging him to delay reopening schools for personal learning in the fall, but the mayor has urged children to be safe, while also admitting that there are some cases of coronavirus
There are more than 5.2 million cases of the virus in the US with at least 166,777 deaths
In 2020, more than 1,000 people have been shot in New York City so far – twice as many as last year.
Homicides are also up 50 percent, according to statistics.
The mayor has also faced calls to delay the reopening of schools in the city in September.
New York City executives wrote a letter to de Blasio this week urging him to delay reopening schools for personal learning in the fall, but the mayor insisted children are safe, but also admitted that there are some cases of the coronavirus. .
‘Look, you are talking about professionals. Unions will always sound different alarms and unions will sometimes say things in a very dramatic way, ”de Blasio said on Tuesday.
‘I have spent a lot of time over the years with educators and they do everything they can to help children. And right now, the way to help children is to get back to them personally and give them the support they need. Children have been through so much, ”de Blasio added. “Teachers will show up and do the job.”
De Blasio then admitted that some schools would likely eventually get cases of the coronavirus.
‘Research shows that many schools will not have a case in the beginning; maybe they eventually have a case at school. We will deal with that. ‘
New York City has registered more than 234,000 cases since the outbreak began in mid-March. More than 23,000 people died in the city.