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De Blasio says ‘I gotta go to the gym,’ walks away from reporters when asked about ‘Speedgate’

BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Mayor Bill de Blasio remained fairly tight lipped outside his home Friday morning when asked if his driver was in fact driving recklessly through the city.

“I gotta go to the gym,” de Blasio said when asked by PIX11′s Monica Morales if his driver was speeding, just days after the mayor announced his ambitious “Vision Zero” plan, aimed at ending pedestrian homicides. “The NYPD provides security protocol for the drivers. Talk  to them about that. We’re very serious about “Vision Zero,” we’re very committed to it, we’re going to keep moving forward with it.”

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After dodging questions from reporters, de Blasio said he had to ‘go to the gym,’ and walked away.

De Blasio added that he will be holding a press conference later on Friday, where reporters can ask “all the questions they want.”

Thursday, WCBS released footage of the mayor’s SUV speeding, running through stop signs and not signaling.

The SUV was driven by a member of the NYPD on de Blasio’s security team.

The NYPD released a statement Friday regarding the mayor’s security and transportation:

“The security and transportation for the Mayor are provided by the New York City Police Department.  Police Department personnel assigned to the Mayor’s Security Detail receive specialized training in driving based on maintaining security as well as safety.   At certain times, under certain conditions, this training may include the use of techniques such as maintaining speed with the general flow of traffic, and may sometimes include tactics to safely keep two or more police vehicles together in formation when crossing intersections.  The handling of police vehicles transporting any protectee is determined solely by police personnel based on their specialized training in executive protection and professional judgment.”


12 Comments to “De Blasio says ‘I gotta go to the gym,’ walks away from reporters when asked about ‘Speedgate’”

    April Blenman said:
    February 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I must say, through all of the snowstorms, to once AGAIN see Monica Morales staked out in front of Mayor DiBlasio's home like some stalker is quite annoying. The man was not operating any of the vehicles in his mini caravan. Please address your inquiries to the NYPD and find a new person of interest. Monica in Park Slope is getting old.

    victor Aviles said:
    February 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Really. Monica.
    I'm sure there are better thinks to report. Then waiting for the mayor to come out from his home.
    Then to pick on him, because he has to go to gym. He a busy men. You are lucky he stop to talk.

    Henry said:
    February 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I think NYPD driver was at his right he is driving the mayor of one of the most powerful man in the state they need to drive at a defensive way! Stop the bull. And let’s get with the program this is the tea party make big deal of a small thing. Tax the rich!

    Adam Kearns said:
    February 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    The mayor is NOT ABOVE THE LAW. If this is the way he handles himself with this how can we think he will be appositive role model to come? He needs to APOLOGISE TO US AND NOT BLAME THE NYPD

    james gilyard said:
    February 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Why didnt you go after Bloomberg like you doing this mayor? Every day your at this mans house, its getting old. Suky stop trying so hard to be seen, between your big mouth and your big body we cant miss you.

    anthony williams said:
    February 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    All mayors have security details that take whatever actions are necessary to protect them ,Koch,Dinkins,Guiliani,Bloomberg all sped around the City ,so what’s new

      jean,arie said:
      February 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      the mayor has me up again don't compare Bloomberg with this jerk he is a ass

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